Cominar Accelerates Its Debt Reduction

QUÉBEC, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust ("Cominar" or the "REIT") (TSX: CUF.UN) announced today its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Highlights for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

  • Offering of units for $200 million
  • Re-instatement of distribution reinvestment plan

"The offering of units for $200 million that we completed recently, the re-instatement of our distribution reinvestment plan and the pursuit of our capital optimization program will significantly lower our debt ratio," said Michel Dallaire, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cominar. "At the operational level, we continue to work on increasing our occupancy rate," added Mr. Dallaire.

PRESENTATION OF RESULTS
Net operating income(1) reached $124.6 million compared to $122.9 million for the corresponding period of 2015. This increase results primarily from the net proceeds of $10.7 million from the settlement of the claim against Target which offset the decrease in revenues caused by the dispositions of income properties completed in 2015 and 2016.

Net income for the third quarter of 2016 amounted to $77.5 million, up $3.5 million compared to net income for the corresponding period of 2015. This increase results from the $1.7 million increase in net operating income explained above, from the $2.2 million decrease in finance charge and the $0.4 million increase in the Trust administrative expenses.

Cash flows provided by operating activities reached $120.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $100.6 million for the corresponding period of 2015, up 19.5%.

Recurring funds from operations(1) amounted to $68.0 million, while recurring funds from operations per unit fully diluted(1) amounted to $0.40 for the third quarter of 2016.

Recurring adjusted funds from operations(1) for the third quarter of 2016 amounted to $57.7 million. Fully diluted per unit, they amounted to $0.34.

FINANCIAL POSITION
As at September 30, 2016, Cominar's debt ratio was at 51.8%, down 2.6% from June 30, 2016, and total assets amounted to $8.3 billion. As at the end of the quarter, the unsecured revolving credit facility used was $280.9 million, down $100.3 million from December 31, 2015. Cash available was $419.1 million as at September 30, 2016.

LEASING ACTIVITIES
During the first nine months of 2016, our leasing efforts in the retail segment have increased the occupancy rate by 2.3% in this segment, thereby contributing to the increase of 0.3% in overall occupancy rate, from 91.9% as at December 31, 2015, to 92.2% as at September 30, 2016. This increase is the result of a more aggressive leasing strategy which allowed Cominar to sign new leases for a total of 2.9 million square feet since the beginning of the year.

FINANCING
During the third quarter, Cominar proceeded to a public offering of $200 million. The net proceeds of the offering were used to pay down the unsecured revolving operating and acquisition credit facility.



(1)    Non-IFRS financial measure. See reconciliation to closest IFRS measure.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATION


(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Quarter


Year-to-date  (nine months)

For the periods ended September 30

2016

2015

% Δ


2016

2015

% Δ









Operating revenues

217,946

217,946


656,632

672,126

(2.3)

Operating expenses

93,377

95,092

(1.8)


302,324

307,413

(1.7)

Net operating income(1)

124,569

122,854

1.4


354,308

364,713

(2.9)

Finance charges

(43,243)

(45,420)

(4.8)


(128,163)

(134,556)

(4.8)

Trust administrative expenses

(4,252)

(3,919)

8.5


(12,229)

(12,246)

(0.1)

Share of joint ventures' net income and comprehensive income

799

572

39.7


2,211

1,826

21.1

Income taxes

(344)

(92)

273.9


(730)

(303)

140.9

Net income

77,529

73,995

4.8


215,397

219,434

(1.8)

(1) Non-IFRS financial measure.








 

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
Net operating income, recurring funds from operations (FFO) and recurring adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) are not measures recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Such measures may differ from similar computations as reported by similar entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar measures reported by such other entities.

The following table presents a reconciliation of cash flows provided by operating activities as shown in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements to recurring adjusted funds from operations:

 

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Quarter


Year-to-date (nine months)

For the periods ended September 30

2016

2015


2016

2015







Cash flows provided by operating activities as shown in the condensed interim
consolidated financial statements

120,213

100,635


182,059

156,263

+

Adjustments – Investments in joint ventures(1)

787

291


2,101

1,163

-

Amortization of other assets

(296)

(213)


(861)

(675)

-

Provision for leasing costs

(6,100)

(5,800)


(17,700)

(17,200)

+

Initial and re-leasing salary costs

862

711


2,298

2,102

+

Change in non-cash working capital items

(44,999)

(28,694)


27,646

56,316

-

Capital expenditures – maintenance of rental income generating capacity

(2,045)

(1,800)


(5,484)

(4,724)

+

Accretion of the liability component of convertible debentures

299


411

-

Other income – non-recurring(2)

(10,724)


(10,724)

Recurring adjusted funds from operations(1)(3)

57,698

65,429


179,335

193,656

(1) Non-IFRS financial measure.

(2) Represents the net amount received from the settlement of the claim against Target.

(3) Including Cominar's proportionate share in joint ventures.

 

The following table presents a reconciliation of cash flows provided by operating activities as shown in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements to recurring funds from operations:

 

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Quarter


Year-to-date (nine months)

For the periods ended September 30

2016

2015


2016

2015







Cash flows provided by operating activities as shown
in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements

120,213

100,635


182,059

156,263

+

Amortization

536

163


1,883

1,399

-

Compensation expense related to long-term incentive plan

(242)

(491)


(780)

(1,484)

+

Recognition of leases on straight-line basis

1,566

1,902


3,108

5,617

+

Excess of proportionate share of net income and comprehensive income over
distributions received from the joint ventures

799

572


2,211

1,626

+

Initial and re-leasing salary costs

862

711


2,298

2,102

+

Change in non-cash working capital items

(44,999)

(28,694)


27,646

56,316

+

Write-off of deferred financing costs

1,102


2,232

-

Other income – non-recurring(3)

(10,724)


(10,724)

Recurring funds from operations(1)(2)

68,011

75,900


207,701

224,071

(1) Non-IFRS financial measure.

(2) Including Cominar's proportionate share in joint ventures.

(3) Represents the net amount received from the settlement of the claim against Target.

 

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Cominar's condensed interim consolidated financial statements and interim management report for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, will be filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com and will be available on Cominar's website at www.cominar.com.

CONFERENCE CALL ON NOVEMBER 3, 2016
On Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. (ET), Cominar's management will hold a conference call to present the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. Anyone who is interested may take part in this call by dialing 1 888 390‑0546. A presentation regarding these results will be available before the conference call on the REIT's website at www.cominar.com, under the Conference Call header. In addition, a taped rebroadcast of the conference call will be available from Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. to Thursday, November 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., by dialing 1 888 390-0541 followed by this code: 330417 #.

PROFILE AS AT NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Cominar is the third largest diversified real estate investment trust in Canada and currently remains the largest commercial property owner in the Province of Quebec. The REIT owns a real estate portfolio of 539 properties in three different market segments, that is, office properties, retail properties and industrial and mixed-use properties. Cominar's portfolio totals 44.8 million square feet spread out across Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada. Cominar's objectives are to pay growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value through proactive management and the expansion of its portfolio.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to Cominar and its operations, strategy, financial performance and financial condition. These statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may", "will", "expect", "estimate", "anticipate", "intend", "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or similar variations. The actual results and performance of Cominar 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. Some 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 regulation and the factors described under "Risk Factors" in Cominar's Annual Information Form. The cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to Cominar and persons acting on its behalf. Unless otherwise stated, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Cominar does not assume any obligation to update the aforementioned forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws.

 

SOURCE COMINAR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST

For further information: Michel Dallaire, Eng., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Gilles Hamel, CPA, CA, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tel: 418 681-8151, michel.dallaire@cominar.com, gilles.hamel@cominar.com

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