Cominar Remains Focused

QUÉBEC, Aug. 4, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust ("Cominar" or the "REIT") (TSX: CUF.UN) announced today its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Highlights for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2016

  • Increased occupancy rate to 92.6%
  • Disposition of income properties for $39.3M

"At the operational level, our more aggressive leasing policy helped us to sign new leases aggregating 2.3 million square feet since the beginning of the year, which is much higher than the total of new leases signed during the year 2015. This excellent performance contributed to increase our occupancy rate to 92.6% as at June 30, 2016, up 0.7% from December 31, 2015," said Michel Dallaire, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cominar.

"During the quarter, we pursued our capital optimization strategy through property dispositions for a total price of $39.3 million. The proceeds from the sale of these properties were used to pay down our debt, according to our financial management principles for maintaining a strong and healthy balance sheet on a long-term basis," said Gilles Hamel, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cominar.

PRESENTATION OF RESULTS
For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, operating revenues amounted to $217.3 million, compared to $224.8 million for the corresponding period of 2015. This decrease resulted primarily from the dispositions of income properties completed in 2015 and 2016.

Net operating income(1) reached $116,1 million compared to $122.8 million for the corresponding period of 2015. This decrease resulted primarily from the dispositions of income properties completed in 2015 and 2016.

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 amounted to $69.8 million, down $4.5 million compared to net income for the corresponding period of 2015. This decrease results from the $6.7 million decrease in net operating income explained above, which was partially offset by a reduction in finance charges of $2.3 million.

Cash flows provided by operating activities reached $23.2 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $25.4 million for the corresponding period of 2015.

Recurring funds from operations(1) amounted to $70.9 million, while recurring funds from operations per unit fully diluted(1) amounted to $0.42 for the second quarter of 2016.

Recurring adjusted funds from operations(1) for the second quarter of 2016 amounted to $61.8 million. Fully diluted per unit, they amounted to $0.37.

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

FINANCIAL SITUATION

As at June 30, 2016, Cominar's debt ratio was at 54.4 % and total assets amounted to $8.3 billion. As at the end of the quarter, the unsecured revolving credit facility used was $246.5 million, down $134.7 million from December 31, 2015. Cash available was $453.5 million as at June 30, 2016.

LEASING ACTIVITIES
During the first half of 2016, our leasing efforts in the retail segment have increased the occupancy rate by 1.9% in this segment, thereby contributing to the increase of 0.7% in overall occupancy rate, from 91.9% as at December 31, 2015, to 92.6% as at June 30, 2016. This increase is the result of a more aggressive leasing policy that allowed Cominar to sign new leases for a total of 2.3 million square feet since the beginning of the year.

DISPOSITIONS
During the second quarter, in line with our capital optimization strategy, we completed the sale of a portfolio of 5 retail properties located in Quebec, for a total price of $39.3 million, at a capitalization rate of 7.0%. The proceeds from the sale of these properties were used to pay down our debt. Since the beginning of 2016, income properties were sold for a total price of $109.7 million, which confirmed the assessed value of our properties in our books. As at June 30, 2016, the portfolio of income properties held for sale over the coming quarters was worth $149.0 million.

FINANCING
During the second quarter, in accordance with its prudent debt management principles, Cominar early refinanced Series 6 unsecured debentures maturing in September 2016 by issuing $225 million Series 10 unsecured debentures bearing interest at 4.247% and maturing in 2023.

RESULTS OF OPERATION

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


Quarter


Year-to-date  (six months)

For the periods ended June 30

2016

2015

% Δ


2016

2015

% Δ









Operating revenues

217,262

224,769

(3.3)


438,686

454,180

(3.4)

Operating expenses

101,193

101,976

(0.8)


208,947

212,321

(1.6)

Net operating income(1)

116,069

122,793

(5.5)


229,739

241,859

(5.0)

Finance charges

(42,710)

(44,994)

(5.1)


(84,920)

(89,136)

(4.7)

Trust administrative expenses

(3,980)

(4,100)

(2.9)


(7,977)

(8,327)

(4.2)

Share of joint ventures' net income and comprehensive income

701

697

0.6


1,412

1,254

12.6

Income taxes

(293)

(110)

166.4


(386)

(211)

82.9

Net income

69,787

74,286

(6.1)


137,868

145,439

(5.2)

Net income by share (diluted)

$0.41

$0.44

(6.8)


$0.82

$0.87

(5.7)

(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  (six months)

For the periods ended June 30

2016

2015


2016

2015







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

23,214

25,427


61,846

55,628

+

Adjustments – Investments in joint ventures(2)

682

606


1,314

872

-

Amortization of other assets

(327)

(224)


(565)

(462)

-

Provision for leasing costs

(5,975)

(5,600)


(11,600)

(11,400)

+

Initial and re-leasing salary costs

775

662


1,436

1,391

+

Change in non-cash working capital items

45,440

46,527


72,645

85,010

-

Capital expenditures – maintenance of rental income generating capacity

(2,021)

(1,743)


(3,439)

(2,924)

+

Accretion of the liability component of convertible debentures

56


112







Recurring adjusted funds from operations(1)(2)

61,788

65,711


121,637

128,227

(1)

Non-IFRS financial measure.

(2)

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 (six months)

For the periods ended June 30

2016

2015


2016

2015







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

23,214

25,427


61,846

55,628

+

Amortization

573

(65)


1,347

1,236

-

Compensation expense related to long-term incentive plan

(277)

(524)


(538)

(993)

+

Recognition of leases on straight-line basis

429

2,334


1,542

3,715

+

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

701

697


1,412

1,054

+

Initial and re-leasing salary costs

775

662


1,436

1,391

+

Change in non-cash working capital items

45,440

46,527


72,645

85,010

+

Write-off of deferred financing costs

1,130


1,130







Recurring funds from operations(1)(2)

70,855

76,188


139,690

148,171

(1)

Non-IFRS financial measure.

(2)

Including Cominar's proportionate share in joint ventures.

 

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Cominar's condensed interim consolidated financial statements and interim report for the quarter ended June 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 AUGUST 4, 2016
On Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. (ET), Cominar's management will hold a conference call to present the results for quarter ended June 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, August 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. to Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., by dialing 1 888 390-0541 followed by this code: 526519 #.

PROFILE AS AT AUGUST 4, 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 538 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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