Artis REIT announces the disposition of $56.1 million of commercial properties in Alberta and B.C.



    WINNIPEG, April 23 /CNW/ - Artis Real Estate Investment Trust ("Artis" or
the "REIT") today confirmed the successful closing of three previously
announced property dispositions and announced the upcoming disposition of a
retail property in Calgary.
    On March 31, 2009, the sale of the property known as the Plainsman
Building was completed. This property was sold for $8.05 million and Artis
expects to record a gain on sale of approximately $643,000 in the first
quarter of 2009 on the transaction. Cash proceeds realized on the sale totaled
$2.95 million. This represents a going-in capitalization rate ("cap rate") of
7.52%. The Plainsman Building is a Class "B" office property located in
Kamloops, B.C.
    On April 1, 2009, the sale of the properties known as Airways Business
Plaza and Glenmore Commerce Court was completed. Both properties are Class "B"
Suburban office properties in Calgary, Alberta. The properties were sold for
$24.9 million, representing a cap rate of 6.3%. Artis expects to record a gain
on sale of approximately $6.38 million in the second quarter of 2009 on the
transaction. Cash proceeds realized on the transaction totaled $12.69 million.
    On April 20, 2009, Artis entered into an unconditional agreement to sell
the property known as McKnight Village Mall to an institutional investor for a
total of $23.15 million, which represents a cap rate of 8.35%. The sale of
this Calgary retail property is expected to close on May 15, 2009. Artis
expects to record a gain on sale of approximately $2.24 million on the
transaction and will in addition realize cash proceeds of approximately $9.25
million.

    Artis is a growth oriented real estate investment trust focused
exclusively on commercial properties located in primary and growing secondary
markets in western Canada. The REIT's goal is to provide unitholders the
opportunity to invest in high quality western Canadian office, retail and
industrial properties, as well as to provide monthly cash distributions that
are stable, tax efficient, and growing over time.
    Artis' commercial property comprises approximately 6.4 million square
feet of leasable area in 86 properties. Leasable area is approximately 30.5%
in Manitoba, 7.7% in Saskatchewan, 56.1% in Alberta, and 5.7% in B.C.; by
asset class the portfolio is 32.3% retail, 40.5% office and 27.2% industrial.
    The REIT's Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") allows unitholders to
have their monthly cash distributions used to purchase trust units without
incurring commission or brokerage fees, and receive bonus units equal to 4% of
their monthly cash distributions. More information can be obtained at
www.artisreit.com.

    
    The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    





For further information:

For further information: Mr. Armin Martens, President and Chief
Executive Officer; Mr. Jim Green, Chief Financial Officer; or Ms. Kirsty
Stevens, Senior Vice President of the REIT at (204) 947-1250


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