Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Reports Solid Results for the Second Quarter of 2017

TORONTO, July 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust ("Choice Properties" or the "Trust") (TSX: CHP.UN) today announced its condensed consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.  The Trust's Quarterly Report will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Trust's website at www.choicereit.ca, filed with SEDAR and available at www.sedar.com.  

Quarter Highlights:

  • Reported rental revenue of $208.6 million, an increase of $11.3 million or 5.7% compared with $197.3 million in the second quarter of 2016;
  • Reported net income of $41.5 million, an increase of $601.2 million compared with a net loss of $559.7 million in the second quarter of 2016. The second quarter of 2017 included a net fair value adjustment loss of $7.7 million (2016 - net loss of $604.1 million);
  • Reported Funds from Operations ("FFO")(1) per unit diluted of $0.262, an increase of $0.013, or 5.2%, compared with $0.249 in the second quarter of 2016;
  • Acquired an investment property, from a third-party vendor, adding approximately 36,000 square feet of gross leasable area ("GLA") for a purchase price of $8.4 million, at a capitalization rate of 6.5%;
  • Constructed 114,000 square feet of GLA, for 2017 projects, delivering 24 new ancillary retail units and one Shoppers Drug Mart in Surrey, British Columbia; and
  • Maintained ancillary occupancy and increased organic Net Operating Income ("NOI")(1) for the quarter by 1.2% to $136.4 million from $134.9 million in 2016.

"Choice Properties reported another successful quarter of solid operational performance and continued growth in financial results," said John Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "With the ongoing benefit of a large, stable and predictable portfolio of long-term leases, we are focused on execution and furthering our strategy to expand our portfolio and to add value for all of our stakeholders.  As we maintain the momentum of our ongoing acquisition, development and active management programs, we are making headway in our mixed-use redevelopment projects with our first community outreach campaign launched during the quarter."

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 5.

 

Financial and Operational Summary

As at or for the three months ended June 30






($ thousands except where otherwise indicated)






(unaudited)



2017


2016

Number of properties



537


529

Gross Leasable Area ("GLA") (in millions of square feet)



43.8


42.5

Occupancy



98.9%


98.8%

Rental revenue


$

208,626

$

197,348

Net Operating Income ("NOI")(1)


$

144,012

$

136,727

Net Income (loss)(i)


$

41,467

$

(559,709)

Net Income (loss)(i) per unit diluted


$

0.100

$

(1.366)

Funds from Operations ("FFO")(1) per unit diluted


$

0.262

$

0.249

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations ("ACFO")(1)


$

87,838

$

80,060

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations(1) payout ratio



85.4%


85.5%

Distribution declared per unit


$

0.1825

$

0.1675

Total assets (in millions)


$

9,512

$

8,950

Debt to total assets(ii)



45.8%


46.5%

Debt service coverage(ii)



3.6x


3.6x

 

(i)   

Net income (loss) included no adjustment and a negative adjustment of $580,311 for the fair value of Exchangeable Units, and a negative adjustment of $7,689 and a negative adjustment of $23,750  for the fair value of investment properties for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively. Net income before adjustments to fair value(1) was $49,156 and $44,352 for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively.

(ii)  

Debt ratios include Class C LP Units but exclude Exchangeable Units. The ratios are non-GAAP financial measures calculated based on the trust indentures, as supplemented.

 

Financial Results for the Quarter:

  • Rental Revenue - Second quarter rental revenue totalled $208.6 million, an increase of $11.3 million or 5.7% compared with $197.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. Properties owned throughout both comparative periods contributed $7.8 million to the increase.
  • Net Operating Income(1) - NOI(1) for the second quarter of 2017 was $144.0 million, an increase of $7.3 million, or 5.3%, compared with the second quarter of 2016. The increase in NOI(1) was primarily driven by $2.2 million from properties acquired subsequent to March 31, 2016 and $3.6 million from new developments. Excluding NOI(1) from acquisitions and developments, NOI(1) was $136.4 million, $1.5 million, or 1.2%, higher than the $134.9 million achieved in the second quarter of 2016. This improvement was primarily driven by growth in capital recoveries, rent steps in Loblaw leases and higher average rents per square foot on new ancillary leases.
  • Net Income (Loss) - Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $41.5 million compared to a net loss of $559.7 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjustments to fair value measures were the primary cause of the variance between these comparative periods.
  • Net Income before Adjustments to Fair Value(1) - Second quarter net income before adjustments to fair value(1) of $49.2 million compared with $44.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2016. The increase was driven by an increase of net property income, partially offset by an increase to net interest expense and other financing charges, including distributions on Exchangeable Units.
  • Funds from Operations(1) - FFO(1) for the second quarter of 2017 was $108.4 million or $0.262 per unit diluted, compared with $102.3 million or $0.249 per unit diluted in the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year improvement in FFO(1) of $0.013 per unit diluted was primarily driven by growth in net property income partially offset by higher net interest expense, excluding distributions on Exchangeable Units.
  • Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations(1) - ACFO(1) for the second quarter of 2017 was $87.8 million, representing an excess of $12.8 million over distributions paid during the quarter, which is an increase of $1.2 million compared to an excess of $11.6 million in the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year improvement in ACFO(1) is indicative of growth in NOI(1) and minor fluctuations in the timing of cash flows from working capital.
  • Distributions - Distributions per unit declared during the quarter totalled $0.1825, for an ACFO(1) payout ratio of 85.4% (2016 - $0.1675 and 85.5%, respectively).

 

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 5.

 

Operational Results for the Quarter:

  • Accretive Acquisition - On June 14, 2017, Choice Properties acquired a retail property in Brooks, Alberta from a third-party vendor, for a purchase price of $8.4 million. The acquisition added approximately 36,000 square feet of ancillary GLA including a 25,134 square foot Loblaw food store. The acquired property was immediately accretive, with a capitalization rate of 6.5%, based on an estimated stabilized NOI(1) of approximately $0.5 million.
  • Development Progress - In the second quarter of 2017, Choice Properties constructed 114,000 square feet of GLA for 2017 projects, delivering 24 new retail spaces for third-party tenants, primarily in a greenfield site in Surrey, British Columbia and intensification sites in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and southern Ontario, plus one Shoppers Drug Mart in British Columbia. Approximately 90% of the remaining development for the 2017 projects is already pre-leased.
  • Leasing Activity - In the second quarter of 2017, Choice Properties entered into leases for approximately 162,000 square feet of GLA with an average lease term of 8.6 years. This total included approximately 33,000 square feet of lease renewals, with an average increase over expiring base rent rates of 1.6%, and approximately 94,000 square feet for new developments at an average base rent per square foot of $25.38.
  • Occupancy - At June 30, 2017, the Trust's portfolio occupancy rate was 98.9%, compared to 98.8% as at June 30, 2016.

Capital Structure:

  • Capacity to Invest for Further Growth - As at June 30, 2017, the Trust's debt service coverage ratio(2) was 3.6 times. With stable cash flows from operations and access to several funding sources, including $750 million from two senior unsecured committed revolving credit facilities, the Trust believes it has the financial capacity to meet ongoing obligations and invest for further growth.

Outlook

Choice Properties continues to drive value creation through accretive acquisitions, strategic development and active management of its portfolio of properties.  This strategy supports the Trust's goal to expand its asset base and increase monthly distributions to unitholders.

Choice Properties is well positioned to meet its current obligations and to invest for future growth.  The Trust's competitive advantages include: a sizable asset base that is geographically diverse across Canada; long-term leases and a strategic alliance with Loblaw; and an existing development pipeline, supported by sound financial management focused on maintaining a solid balance sheet and its investment grade credit ratings.

In 2017, Choice Properties expects to:

  • Acquire additional properties from Loblaw and third-party vendors on an accretive basis when opportunities arise;
  • Invest approximately $172 million in development projects, including mixed-use projects, expected to be completed in 2017 and future years;
  • Complete the development of approximately 347,000 square feet of GLA with an expected yield ranging from 7% to 9%; and
  • Maintain a total occupancy rate of approximately 98%, with the occupancy rate for ancillary GLA in the 90% range.

 

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 5.

(2)

Debt ratios include Class C LP Units but exclude Exchangeable Units. The ratios are non-GAAP financial measures calculated based on the trust indentures, as supplemented.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Choice Properties' objectives, outlook, plans, goals, aspirations, strategies, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, prospects, opportunities, and legal and regulatory matters. Specific statements with respect to anticipated future results can be found in various sections of this press release and in the MD&A of Choice Properties' Second Quarter 2017 Report. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "foresee", "could", "estimate", "goal", "intend", "plan", "seek", "strive" , "will", "may", "should" and similar expressions, as they relate to Choice Properties and its management.

Forward-looking statements reflect Choice Properties' current estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which are based on management's perception of historic trends, current conditions, outlook and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Choice Properties' expectation of operating and financial performance is based on certain assumptions, including assumptions about future growth potential, prospects and opportunities, industry trends, future levels of indebtedness, current tax laws, current economic conditions and current competition. Management's estimates, beliefs and assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies regarding future events and as such, are subject to change. Choice Properties can give no assurance that such estimates, beliefs and assumptions will prove to be correct.

Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause Choice Properties' actual results to differ materially from those expressed, implied or projected in the forward-looking statements, including, those described in Section 12, "Enterprise Risks and Risk Management", in the MD&A of Choice Properties' 2016 Annual Report. Such risks and uncertainties include:

  • changes in economic conditions, including changes in interest rates, and the rate of inflation;
  • the inability of Choice Properties to maintain and leverage its relationship with Loblaw, including in respect of: (i) Loblaw's retained interest in Choice Properties; (ii) the services to be provided to Choice Properties (whether directly or indirectly) by Loblaw; (iii) expected transactions to be entered into between Loblaw and Choice Properties (including Choice Properties' acquisition of certain properties held by Loblaw); and (iv) the Strategic Alliance Agreement between Choice Properties and Loblaw;
  • changes in Loblaw's business, activities or circumstances which may impact Choice Properties, including Loblaw's inability to make rent payments or perform its obligations under its leases;
  • failure to manage its growth effectively in accordance with its growth strategy or acquire assets on an accretive basis;
  • changes in timing to obtain municipal approvals, development costs, and tenant leasing and occupancy of properties under development, redevelopment, or intensification;
  • changes in Choice Properties' capital expenditure and fixed cost requirements;
  • the inability of Choice Properties Limited Partnership to make distributions or other payments or advances;
  • the inability of Choice Properties to obtain financing;
  • changes in Choice Properties' degree of financial leverage;
  • changes in laws or regulatory regimes, which may affect Choice Properties, including changes in the tax treatment of the Trust and its distributions to Unitholders or the inability of the Trust to continue to qualify as a "mutual fund trust" and as a "real estate investment trust", as such terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada); and
  • changes in Choice Properties' competitiveness in the real estate market or the unavailability of desirable commercial real estate assets.

This is not an exhaustive list of the factors that may affect Choice Properties' forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties not presently known to Choice Properties could also cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in Choice Properties' materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including the Trust's 2016 Annual Information Form. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect Choice Properties' expectations only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by applicable law, Choice Properties does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Choice Properties reports non-GAAP financial measures, including, but not limited to, Net Operating Income ("NOI"), Net Income before Adjustments to Fair Value, Funds from Operations ("FFO"), and Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations ("ACFO"). The Trust believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of the Trust for the reasons outlined below.

Management uses these and other non-GAAP financial measures to exclude the impact of certain expenses and income that must be recognized under IFRS when analyzing operating performance, as the excluded items are not necessarily reflective of Choice Properties' underlying operating performance or impact the comparability of financial performance between periods.

These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded REITs, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS.

A comprehensive list of non-GAAP measures are defined and discussed in the Trust's 2016 Annual Report.

Net Operating Income  NOI is defined as rental revenue, excluding straight-line rent, from investment properties less property operating costs. NOI is a key performance indicator as it evaluates the operating performance of the portfolio and represents a measure over which management has control. It is also a key input in determining the fair value of the portfolio. The Trust's method of calculating NOI may differ from other issuers' methods and, accordingly, may not be comparable to NOI reported by other issuers.

Net Income before Adjustments to Fair Value  Net Income (or net loss) as calculated under IFRS excluding adjustments to fair value of Exchangeable Units, investment properties and investment property held in equity-accounted joint venture.

Funds from Operations  FFO is not a term defined under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other real estate entities. Except as otherwise noted, Choice Properties calculates its FFO in accordance with the Real Property Association of Canada's White Paper on Funds from Operations & Adjusted Funds from Operations for IFRS issued in February 2017. The purpose of the White Paper was to provide reporting issuers and investors with greater guidance on the definition of FFO, and to help promote more consistent disclosure from reporting issuers.

Choice Properties calculates FFO by adjusting net income (or net loss) for items that do not arise from operating activities, such as adjustments to fair value.

Funds from Operations Payout Ratio  FFO Payout ratio is calculated as the distributions declared per unit, divided by the FFO per unit diluted.

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations  ACFO is not a term defined under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other real estate entities. Except as otherwise noted, Choice Properties calculates its ACFO in accordance with the Real Property Association of Canada's White Paper on Adjusted Cashflow from Operations (ACFO) for IFRS issued in February 2017. The purpose of the White Paper was to provide reporting issuers and investors with greater guidance on the definitions of ACFO and to help promote more consistent disclosure from reporting issuers.

Choice Properties considers ACFO an input to determining the appropriate level of distributions to Unitholders as it adjusts cash flows from operations for other sustainable economic cash flows.

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations Payout Ratio  ACFO Payout ratio is calculated as the total distributions declared, divided by the ACFO.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


Three Months

Six Months

For the periods ended June 30









(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per unit amounts)









(unaudited)


2017


2016


2017


2016

Rental revenue

$

208,626

$

197,348

$

412,059

$

389,586

Reverse - Straight-line rental revenue


(9,320)


(9,845


(18,618)


(18,728)

Property operating costs


(55,294)


(50,776)


(107,005)


(101,686)

Net Operating Income(1)


144,012


136,727


286,436


269,172

NOI(1) from newly acquired properties


(3,208)


(991)


(6,327)


(991)

NOI(1) from new developments


(4,359)


(865)


(8,080)


(1,274)

NOI(1) for Same Properties, with same GLA

$

136,445

$

134,871

$

272,029

$

266,907

Net Income (Loss)

$

41,467

$

(559,709)

$

65,717

$

(692,364)

Adjustment to fair value of Exchangeable Units



580,311


117,656


761,064

Adjustment to fair value of investment properties


7,689


23,750


(85,154)


37,373

Adjustment to fair value of investment property held in









equity accounted joint venture




1,250


(13,640)

Net Income before Adjustments to Fair Value(1)


49,156


44,352


99,469


92,433

Adjustment to fair value of unit-based compensation


338


3,990


1,592


5,023

Interest otherwise capitalized for development in equity









accounted joint venture


99


158


192


158

Distributions on Exchangeable Units


58,033


53,115


114,476


106,230

Amortization of tenant improvement allowances


188


98


362


200

Internal expenses for leasing


546


603


1,105


1,071

Funds from Operations(1)

$

108,360

$

102,316

$

217,196

$

205,115

FFO(1) per unit - diluted

$

0.262

$

0.249

$

0.526

$

0.501

FFO(1) payout ratio - diluted


69.6%


67.2%


68.4%


66.9%

Distribution declared per unit

$

0.1825

$

0.1675

$

0.3600

$

0.3350

Weighted average Units outstanding - basic


411,169,590


408,666,849


410,969,119


408,465,600

Weighted average Units outstanding - diluted


413,031,606


409,798,046


412,736,871


409,405,429

Number of Units outstanding, end of period


411,385,591


408,860,283


411,385,591


408,860,283

 

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 5.

 


Three Months

Six Months

For the periods ended June 30









($ thousands)









(unaudited)


2017


2016


2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities

$

107,541

$

108,527

$

145,495

$

138,580


Interest paid


(12,240)


(13,335)


(104,936)


(98,884)

Cash flows from operating activities less interest paid


95,301


95,192


40,559


39,696

Add (deduct) impact of the following:










Net interest expensed and other financing charges










in excess of interest paid(1)


(86,345)


(78,854)


(89,810)


(80,635)


Distributions on Exchangeable Units included in










net interest expense and other financing charges


58,033


53,115


114,476


106,230


Gain on settlement of bond forward contracts





(2,682)


Interest income in excess or interest received(1)


243


541


290


1,077


Interest otherwise capitalized for development in










equity accounted joint venture


99


158


192


158


Share of interest income from joint venture


59



119



Portion of internal expenses for leasing relating










to development activity


273


302


553


536


Property capital expenditures - incurred


(1,621)


(1,759)


(1,981)


(1,775)


Property & leasing capital expenditures - normalized(2)


(9,629)


(8,241)


(20,519)


(18,225)


Leasing capital expenditures - incurred


(976)


(191)


(2,366)


(1,635)

Adjustment for changes in non-cash operating working









capital items which are not indicative of sustainable









cash flows(3)


32,401


19,797


137,101


115,669

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations(4)

$

87,838

$

80,060

$

178,614

$

158,414

Total distributions declared

$

75,055

$

68,461

$

147,977

$

136,855

ACFO(4) payout ratio


85.4%


85.5%


82.8%


86.4%

 

(1)

The timing of the recognition of interest expense and income differs from the payment and collection. The ACFO calculations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016 were adjusted for this factor to make the quarters more comparable.

(2)

Seasonality impacts the timing of capital expenditures.  The ACFO calculations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016 were adjusted for this factor to make the quarters more comparable.

(3)

ACFO was adjusted to remove fluctuations in non-cash operating working capital due to the timing of transactions for capital expenditure accruals, realty taxes prepaid or payable, prepaid insurance, and construction inventory. These fluctuations generally net over the course of the year. ACFO was also adjusted to remove the variability created when rent was received in advance from Loblaw and the related sales taxes payable.

(4)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 5.

 

Selected Financial Information

The following includes quarterly financial information prepared by management in accordance with IFRS and based on the Trust's Second Quarter 2017 Report. This financial information does not contain all disclosures required by IFRS, and accordingly should be read in conjunction with the Trust's 2016 Annual Report, which is available in the Investor Relations section of the Trust's website at www.choicereit.ca.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)




As at

As at

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)




June 30, 2017

December 31, 2016

Assets








Non-current Assets









Investment properties




$

9,233,000

$

9,098,000


Equity accounted joint venture





19,699


19,070


Accounts receivable and other assets





5,517


5,888


Notes receivable





2,455


2,360







9,260,671


9,125,318

Current Assets









Accounts receivable and other assets





45,287


14,882


Notes receivable





163,437


290,009


Assets held for sale





35,000



Cash and cash equivalents





7,812


5,113







251,536


310,004

Total Assets




$

9,512,207

$

9,435,322









Liabilities and Unitholders' Equity








Non-current Liabilities









Long term debt and Class C LP Units




$

3,728,756

$

3,726,991


Credit facilities





516,000


172,000


Exchangeable Units





4,400,960


4,283,304


Trade payables and other liabilities





2,039


1,397







8,647,755


8,183,692

Current Liabilities









Bank indebtedness







Long term debt and Class C LP Units





661


201,723


Trade payables and other liabilities





243,329


472,762







243,990


674,485

Total Liabilities





8,891,745


8,858,177









Equity









Unitholders' equity





612,691


569,374


Non-controlling interests





7,771


7,771

Total Equity





620,462


577,145

Total Liabilities and Equity




$

9,512,207

$

9,435,322

 

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)


Three months

Three months

Six months

Six months

(unaudited)

ended

ended

ended

ended

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2016

Net Property Income










Rental revenue from investment properties

$

208,626

$

197,348

$

412,059

$

389,586


Property operating costs


(55,294)


(50,776)


(107,005)


(101,686)



153,332


146,572


305,054


287,900

Other Income and Expenses










General and administrative expenses


(6,257)


(10,618)


(12,253)


(17,034)


Property management fee charged to related party


184


249


334


399


Amortization of other assets


(233)


(243)


(466)


(466)


Net interest expense and other financing charges


(98,585)


(92,189)


(194,746)


(179,519)


Interest Income


656


581


1,427


1,153


Share of income (loss) from joint venture


59



(1,131)


13,640


Adjustment to fair value of Exchangeable Units(1)



(580,311)


(117,656)


(761,064)


Adjustment to fair value of investment properties


(7,689)


(23,750)


85,154


(37,373)

Net Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

$

41,467

$

(559,709)

$

65,717

$

(692,364)

 

(1)

The Class B LP Units of the Trust's subsidiary, Choice Properties Limited Partnership, are exchangeable into Trust Units at the option of the holder. Loblaw holds all of the Exchangeable Units. These Exchangeable Units are considered puttable instruments and are required to be classified as financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss. The distributions paid on the Exchangeable Units are accounted for as interest expense.

 

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


Three months

Three months

Six months

Six months

(unaudited)

 ended

 ended

 ended

 ended

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2016

Operating Activities










Net income (loss)

$

41,467

$

(559,709)

$

65,717

$

(692,364)


Straight-line rental revenue


(9,320)


(9,845)


(18,618)


(18,728)


Amortization of tenant improvement allowances


188


98


362


200


Amortization of other assets


233


243


466


466


Net interest expense and other financing charges


98,585


92,189


194,746


179,519


Interest income


(656)


(581)


(1,427)


(1,153)


Value of unit-based compensation granted


1,178


4,809


3,359


6,656


Share of loss (income) from joint venture


(59)



1,131


(13,640)


Adjustment to fair value of Exchangeable Units



580,311


117,656


761,064


Adjustment to fair value of investment properties


7,689


23,750


(85,154)


37,373


Interest received


413


40


1,137


76


Net change in non-cash working capital


(32,177)


(22,778)


(133,880)


(120,889)

Cash Flows from Operating Activities


107,541


108,527


145,495


138,580

Investing Activities










Acquisitions of investment properties


(8,441)


(119,895)


(18,275)


(119,895)


Additions to investment properties


(26,672)


(34,769)


(47,226)


(56,395)


Additions to fixtures and equipment


(36)


(336)


(108)


(338)


Equity investment contribution


(760)



(1,760)


Cash Flows used in Investing Activities


(35,909)


(155,000)


(67,369)


(176,628)

Financing Activities










Long term debt











Issued - Senior unsecured debentures,











net of debt placement costs



(285)



348,071



Principal repayments - Senior unsecured











debentures




(200,000)


(300,000)



Principal repayments - Mortgage


(322)


(300)


(637)


(595)



Gain on settlement of bond forward contracts





2,682


Credit facilities











Net advances


23,000


126,000


344,000


142,000



Debt placement costs



(275)



(275)


Change in bank indebtedness



4,232



4,232


Notes receivable











Issued to related party


(68,801)


(64,678)


(136,807)


(128,828)



Repaid by related party




263,574


248,463


Trust Unit issuance costs



(133)



(133)


Cash received on exercise of options


25


532


25


596


Cash paid on vesting of restricted units


(1,142)



(1,142)



Interest paid


(12,240)


(13,335)


(104,936)


(98,884)


Distributions paid on Exchangeable Units




(217,324)


(202,204)


Distributions paid to Unitholders


(11,112)


(10,777)


(22,180)


(21,431)

Cash Flows from (used in) Financing Activities


(70,592)


40,981


(75,427)


(6,306)

Change in cash and cash equivalents


1,040


(5,492)


2,699


(44,354)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


6,772


5,492)


5,113


44,354

Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period

$

7,812

$

$

7,812

$

 

Management Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements and Notes

Information appearing in this news release is a consolidated select summary of results. This news release should be read in conjunction with Choice Properties' Second Quarter 2017 Report to Unitholders, which includes the unaudited interim period condensed consolidated financial statements and MD&A for the Trust and is available at www.choicereit.ca and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Conference Call and Webcast

Senior management will host a conference call to discuss the results on July 20, 2017 at 10:00AM (ET). To access via teleconference, please dial (647) 427-7450. A playback will be made available two hours after the event at (416) 849-0833, access code: 82441709. To access the conference call via webcast, a link is available at www.choicereit.ca in the "Events and Webcast" section under "News and Events".

About Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is an owner, manager and developer of well-located retail and other commercial real estate across Canada. Choice Properties' portfolio spans approximately 43.8 million square feet of gross leasable area and consists of 537 properties primarily focused on supermarket and drug store anchored shopping centres and stand-alone supermarkets and drug stores. Choice Properties' strategy is to create value by enhancing and optimizing its portfolio through accretive acquisitions, strategic development and active property management. Choice Properties' principal tenant and largest Unitholder is Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest retailer. Choice Properties' strong alliance with Loblaw positions it well for future growth. For more information, visit Choice Properties' website at www.choicereit.ca and Choice Properties' issuer profile at www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information: Kim Lee, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Intelligence, Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, t:(416) 324-7899, e: kim.lee@choicereit.ca


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