NORTHWEST HEALTHCARE PROPERTIES REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST RELEASES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: NWH.UN), Canada's largest non-government owner and operator of medical office buildings and healthcare real estate, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Highlights of the Quarter:

  • The three month period ended March 31, 2011 is the first period that the REIT has reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  For the REIT, significant accounting differences arising from the adoption of IFRS include (a) the valuation of investment properties at fair value (during the quarter the REIT recognized a modest increase in value), (b) the re-classification of the REIT's Class B LP Units as a liability rather than equity (notwithstanding that the characteristics of such Units remain exactly as before), and (c) the expensing of certain leasing costs which were previously capitalized (accordingly, the REIT has reduced its stabilized leasing cost reserve estimate by a corresponding amount).
  • AFFO per unit for the quarter of $0.18 was favourable by $0.01 against last quarter. 
  • Occupancy continued to improve, to 91.9% at March 31, 2011 from 91.5% at December 31, 2010.
  • The REIT extended its Revolving Credit Facility by two years and reduced its interest rate by 75 basis points.
  • On January 25, 2011, the REIT completed the acquisition of the prominent medical and professional office complex known as The Dundas-Edward Centre, in Toronto, Ontario for $103 million. Located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, one block from University Avenue, The Dundas-Edward Centre is a 410,000 square foot two-tower office complex with an eight-level parking facility. The complex is located in close proximity to several hospitals including SickKids, Princess Margaret, Toronto General, and Mount Sinai. The complex is currently 97% leased to primarily medical, professional and government tenancies.
  • On February 1, 2011, the REIT completed the acquisition of Hys Centre, the premiere medical office complex in Edmonton, Alberta for $53 million. Hys Centre is strategically located on and connected by pedway access to the Royal Alexandra Hospital campus. Hys Centre is a Class "A" medical office complex composed of a 147,000 square foot medical office building, 50 residential apartments and a 384-stall pay parking facility. The REIT will be arranging permanent long term fixed rate financing for this property.
  • During the quarter the REIT raised net proceeds of $82.4 million from a March 2011 follow-on equity offering, which proceeds were utilized primarily to pay down an interim bridge facility related to the acquisition of The Dundas-Edward Centre and Hys Centre.
  • During the quarter the REIT refinanced the mortgage at 2924 Taschereau Boulevard with a $4.3 million, 10 year fixed rate mortgage at 5.10%.
  • The REIT paid monthly distributions of $0.06667 per unit during the quarter, consistent with its annualized target of $0.80 cents per unit.
  • Subsequent to the quarter on April 1, 2011 the REIT acquired the Malvern Medical Arts Building for $16.75 million.  The Malvern Medical Arts Building is a Class "A" office complex located in the former city of Scarborough portion of Toronto, approximately 3.7 kilometres from the Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital. The property consists of a 40,974 square foot medical office building and is currently 99% occupied.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, the REIT entered into an agreement to acquire Tawa Centre, a 94,500 square foot medical office complex immediately adjacent to one of Edmonton's primary hospitals. The purchase is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions. Tawa Centre is 89% leased to a quality roster of primarily healthcare related tenancies.  The purchase price will be approximately $25.9 million, subject to adjustments.  The REIT expects to assume the vendor's existing mortgage and fund the equity portion of the purchase price from existing resources.
  • Subsequent to the quarter the REIT closed a $65 million 10 year fixed rate mortgage financing at 5.11% on the Dundas-Edward Centre, and fully paid down its Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, the REIT renewed the mortgage on Glenmore Professional Centre at $35 million, for two years, with a fixed interest rate of 3.40%.
  • Three quality assets (Hys Centre, Malvern Medical Arts Building and Alexander Medical Centre), representing approximately $80 million in value, remain unencumbered.

Selected Financial Information:

         
(unaudited) Three Months Ended     Pro-rated Actual Results
for Three Months Ended
($000's, except unit and per unit amounts) March 31, 2011     March 31, 2010(1)
         
Revenue       $27,102                $19,745
Net Operating Income       $14,651                $10,716
Funds from Operations ("FFO")       $7,899                $6,026
Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO")(2)            $6,579           $4,978
Debt to Gross Book Value            48%                55%
         
Per unit data              
FFO            $0.21                $0.24
AFFO       $0.18                $0.20
Distributions       $0.20                -
AFFO Payout ratio       113%             n/a
                   

(1)      Represents the actual results for the seven day period from March 25, 2010 to March 31, 2010 pro-rated on a straight-line basis for the three month period ended March 31, 2010.  These figures have been prepared by management and are unaudited.
(2)      AFFO amounts are calculated utilizing leasing and capital reserves of 4.5% of revenue from investment properties.


Peter Riggin, CEO, said "We have taken important strides in the first quarter to position us for future performance gains, as we completed the conversion to IFRS ahead of schedule, we have closed or announced acquisitions of approximately $200 million deploying the cash which we had on hand during the first portion of the quarter, and we have raised equity and debt to take advantage of an acquisitions pipeline which remains as robust as ever."

Some financial measures used in this press release, such as FFO and AFFO, are used by the real estate industry to measure and compare the operating performance of real estate companies, but they do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. As such, they are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other real estate companies.  These non-IFRS measures are more fully defined and discussed in the REIT's management discussion and analysis (the "MD&A") for the first quarter of 2011, which is available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.  Also on SEDAR are the interim financial statements of the REIT.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to the REIT, its operations, strategy, financial performance and condition.  These statements generally can be identified by use of forward-looking words such as "may", "will", "expect", "estimate", "anticipate", "intends", "believe", or "continue" or the negative thereof or similar variations.  The REIT's actual results and performance discussed herein could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements.  Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including that the transactions contemplated herein are completed.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, changes in government regulations and the factors described under "Risk Factors" in REIT's Annual Information Form and Prospectus and the risks and uncertainties set out in the MD&A which are available on www.sedar.com.  These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to the REIT and persons acting on its behalf.  Unless otherwise stated, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and, except as expressly required by applicable law, the REIT assumes no obligation to update such statements.

The REIT invites you to participate in its conference call with senior management to discuss our first quarter 2011 results on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern).

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-966-5335.

Audio replay is available until May 20, 2011 by dialing 1-866-583-1035 and entering access code 4533429, followed by the number sign.

The webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" page of the REIT's web site at www.nwhp.ca, and will be archived for 30 days. 

SOURCE NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information:

Ernie Spraggs, CFO
(416) 366-2000 ext. 262, or www.nwhp.ca


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