TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Granite Real Estate Investment Trust ("Granite") (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE:
GRP.U) announced today that it has agreed to the purchase of a 600,000 square
foot logistics-distribution facility in West Chester (Cincinnati), Ohio
at a purchase price of U.S. $21.0 million. The property is being
purchased from Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. ("Fifth & Pacific")
(NYSE: FNP) who will continue to occupy the premises and will enter
into a lease for an initial term of 10 years. The tenant, Fifth &
Pacific, designs and markets a portfolio of retail based, premium,
global lifestyle brands including Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky
The 42 acre site is well located in an established business park 20
minutes north of downtown Cincinnati. The property was initially
developed in 2001 as a build-to-suit logistics facility for the tenant
and was constructed to institutional grade specifications including
38'6" clear heights, ESFR sprinkler system and T-5 lighting. The site
includes 11 acres of expansion/development land.
The investment represents an in-going yield of approximately 8.0% and
will be funded with Granite's line of credit and cash on hand. The
transaction is scheduled to close on or about August 20, 2013, subject
to customary closing conditions.
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the ownership and management
of predominantly industrial properties in North America and Europe.
Granite owns approximately 29 million square feet and over 100
properties. Our tenant base currently includes Magna International Inc.
and its operating subsidiaries as our largest tenants, together with
tenants from other industries.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents are
available through the internet on Canadian Securities Administrators'
Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which
can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's
Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which
can be accessed at www.sec.gov. For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Tom Heslip, Chief Executive Officer, at 647-925-7539 or
Michael Forsayeth, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7600.
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conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors
we believe are appropriate in the circumstances, and are subject to
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors,
many of which are beyond Granite's control, that could cause actual
events or results to differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. Important factors that could cause such differences
include, but are not limited to the risks set forth in the ''Risk
Factors'' section in Granite REIT's Annual Information Form for 2012,
filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov, which investors are strongly advised to review. The ''Risk Factors''
section also contain information about the material factors or
assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date the statements were made and
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SOURCE: Granite REIT
For further information:
please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Tom Heslip, Chief Executive Officer, at 647-925-7539 or Michael Forsayeth, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7600.