Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2016

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TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: INO.UN) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2016. Inovalis REIT's management team will be holding a conference call on August 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm EST to discuss the results. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are: in Toronto 1-416-764-8688; outside Toronto (toll free, within North America) 1-888-390-0546.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inovalis REIT ("Inovalis REIT", or the "REIT" or "we") is a Canadian REIT managed by Inovalis S.A. ("Inovalis SA"), a local cross-border French and German real estate asset manager managing $10 billion of real estate and financial assets. As of June 30, 2016, Inovalis SA and Inovalis SA's founding partners had a 16.4% interest in the REIT's equity (directly and indirectly).
  • 6.3% year-over-year growth in IFRS book equity per unit (which stands at $11.57 per Unit as at June 30, 2016), of which 3.0% comes from the addition of high quality properties and the cap rate compression in France and in Germany and 3.3% from the further appreciation of the Euro against the Canadian dollar since Q2 2015.
  • Funds from operations (FFO) for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 of $3,648 or $0.20 per unit (fully diluted), with a FFO payout ratio of 104.3% compared to $0.21 per unit and payout ratio of 97.6% or the same period in 2015. FFO for the period from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 of $7,403 or $0.41 per unit (fully diluted), with a FFO payout ratio of 100.3% compared to $0.43 per unit and payout ratio of 96.8% for the same period in 2015.
  • Adjusted Funds from operations (FFO) for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 of $4,009 or $0.22 per unit (fully diluted), with an AFFO payout ratio of 93.2% compared to $0.27 per unit and payout ratio of 76.9% or the same period in 2015. AFFO for the period from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 of $8,141 or $0.45 per unit (fully diluted), with an AFFO payout ratio of 90.3% compared to $0.48 per unit and payout ratio of 85.6% for the same period in 2015.
  • Occupancy rate on the REIT's portfolio remained stable at 93.1% as at June 30, 2016 with a weighted average lease term of 6.0 years. During the quarter, a new lease was signed on the Sablière property with effect on July 1, 2016, approximately 4,000 sq.ft, increasing occupancy rate up to 93.5%. The signature of new leases on approximately 55,000 sq.ft on the Baldi, Courbevoie, Sablière and Bad Homburg properties since the beginning of 2016 reflects the good positioning of our properties in an improving letting market.
  • Debt to book value of the REIT was 56.5% as at June 30, 2016. Net of the cash available, debt to book value was 55.6%.
  • On May 6, 2016, the REIT reimbursed the $6.4 million equity bridge loan granted by the partner on the Cologne transaction to fund the REIT's 49% equity interest in the property.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, on July 25, 2016, the REIT closed a $46.0 million equity offering (including the over-allotment, which was fully exercised) aimed at being used as an available source of funding for potential future acquisitions of office properties located in France and Germany and for potential capital expenditures relating to the re-positioning and/or re-development of currently owned properties. Until utilized for these purposes, the REIT intends to repay existing outstanding indebtedness in the amount of approximately $24.7 million with respect to the Baldi property, as well as for working capital and general trust purposes, including potential acquisitions.

 

About Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust

Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT has been created for the purpose of acquiring and owning office properties primarily located in France and Germany but also opportunistically in other European countries where assets meet the REIT's investment criteria. The REIT currently owns an interest in eleven office properties in France and Germany, comprising approximately 1,083,000 square feet of gross leasable area (taking into account the interests in the properties owned in joint-ventures).

Management's discussion and analysis
(Dollar amounts in the MD&A are presented in thousands of Canadian dollars, except Unit or as otherwise stated)

OVERVIEW

The presentation of our operational information, financing information and operating results takes into account our proportionate share of income from investments in joint ventures. Please refer to "Non IFRS Reconciliation" for a reconciliation to our condensed interim consolidated financial statements.









June 30, 2016


December 31, 2015








Operational information (1)






Number of properties


11


10


Gross leasable area (sq.ft)


1,083,239


1,004,448


Occupancy rate (end of period) (2)


93.1%


89.0%


Weighted average lease term 


6.0 years


6.3 years


Average capitalization rate (3)


6.5%


6.6%








Financing information (1)






Level of debt (debt-to-book value) (4)


56.6%


53.0%


Level of debt (debt-to-book value, net of cash) (4)


55.7%


51.9%


Weighted average term of principal repayments of debt


7.6 years


7.2 years


Weighted average interest rate (5)


2.07%


1.98%


Interest coverage ratio (6)


3.7 x


4.0 x
















Three months ending

Six months ending

(thousands of CAD$ except per Unit and other data)


June 30, 2016

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2015







Operating results






Rental income


7,797

6,006

15,231

11,871

Net rental earnings


8,349

8,046

12,501

11,768

Earnings for the period


5,839

16,615

8,467

19,680

Funds from Operations (FFO) (7) (8)


3,648

3,684

7,403

7,410

Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) (7) (8)


4,009

4,678

8,141

8,384

FFO per Unit (diluted) (7) (8)


0.20

0.21

0.41

0.43

AFFO per Unit (diluted) (7) (8)


0.22

0.27

0.45

0.48







Distributions  






Declared distributions on Units and Exchangeable sec.


3,805

3,596

7,427

7,178

Declared distribution per Unit (diluted) (8)


0.21

0.21

0.41

0.41

FFO payout ratio (7)


104.3%

97.6%

100.3%

96.8%

AFFO payout ratio (7)


93.2%

76.9%

90.3%

85.6%

(1)

Taking into account the interest the REIT has in the properties held in partnerships.

(2)

Occupancy rate reaches 93.5% taking into account the new lease signed on Sablière during the quarter ended June 30, 2016 with effect on July 1, 2016.

(3)

Calculated on annualized net rental earnings (based on net rental earnings for the quarter).

(4)

The definition of debt-to-book value and of debt-to-book value, net of cash can be found under the section Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

(5)

Calculated as the weighted average interest rate paid on the finance leases and the mortgage loans.

(6)

Calculated as net rental earnings plus interest, less general and administrative expenses, divided by interest expense on the financial leases and mortgage financings.

(7)

The reconciliation of FFO and AFFO to earnings can be found under the section Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

(8)

Based on the fully diluted weighted average number of Units during the period.



BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The following management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") of the financial condition and results of operations of Inovalis REIT should be read in conjunction with the REIT's condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the period from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016, and the notes thereto. This MD&A has been prepared taking into account material transactions and events up to and including August 12, 2016. Financial data provided in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. All amounts in this MD&A are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per unit amounts and where otherwise stated. Historical results, including trends which might appear, should not be taken as indicative of future operations or results. Additional information about Inovalis REIT has been filed with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities and is available at www.sedar.com. The exchange rate used throughout this MD&A for statement of earnings items is the average rate during the said period, i.e. 1.4552 Canadian dollars per Euro for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 and 1.4844 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016. For balance sheet items, projections or market data, the exchange rate used is 1.4354 (exchange rate as at June 30, 2016).

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and since forward-looking information inherently involves risks and uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on such information. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The estimates and assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth in this document as well as the following: (i) we will continue to receive financing on acceptable terms; (ii) our future level of indebtedness and our future growth potential will remain consistent with our current expectations; (iii) there will be no changes to tax laws adversely affecting our financing capability, operations, activities, structure or distributions; (iv) we will retain and continue to attract qualified and knowledgeable personnel as we expand our portfolio and business; (v) the impact of the current economic climate and the current global financial conditions on our operations, including our financing capability and asset value, will remain consistent with our current expectations; (vi) there will be no material changes to government and environmental regulations adversely affecting our operations; (vii) conditions in the international and, in particular, the French and German real estate markets, including competition for acquisitions, will be consistent with the current climate; and (viii) capital markets will provide us with readily available access to equity and/or debt financing.

The forward-looking statements are subject to inherent uncertainties and risks, including, but not limited to, the factors listed under the Risk and Uncertainties section of this MD&A. Consequently, actual results and events may vary significantly from those included in, contemplated or implied by such statements.

MARKET AND INDUSTRY DATA

This MD&A includes market and industry data and forecasts that were obtained from third-party sources, industry publications and publicly available information as well as industry data prepared by Inovalis SA on the basis of its knowledge of the commercial real estate industry in which we operate (including Inovalis SA estimates and assumptions relating to the industry based on that knowledge). Inovalis SA's knowledge of the real estate industry has been developed through its 18 years of experience and participation in the industry. Inovalis SA believes that its industry data is accurate and that its estimates and assumptions are reasonable, but there can be no assurance as to the accuracy or completeness of this data. Third-party sources generally state that the information contained therein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but there can be no assurance as to the accuracy or completeness of included information. Although Inovalis SA believes it to be reliable, Inovalis SA has not verified any of the data from third-party sources referred to in this MD&A, or analyzed or verified the underlying studies or surveys relied upon or referred to by such sources, or ascertained the underlying assumptions relied upon by such sources.

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

Funds from Operations and Adjusted Funds from Operations
Funds from operations ("FFO") and adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. FFO and AFFO are supplemental measures of performance for real estate businesses. We believe that AFFO is an important measure of economic performance and is indicative of our ability to pay distributions, while FFO is an important measure of operating performance and the performance of real estate properties. The IFRS measurement most directly comparable to FFO and AFFO is net earnings. See the Non-IFRS Reconciliation (FFO and AFFO) section for reconciliation of FFO and AFFO to net earnings.

FFO is defined as net earnings in accordance with IFRS, excluding: (i) acquisition costs, (ii) gain on bargain purchase, (iii) net change in fair value of investment properties, (iv) net change in fair value of financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss, (v) changes in fair value of Exchangeable securities, (vi) adjustment for property taxes accounted for under IFRIC 21, (vii) loss on exercise of lease option, (viii) adjustment for foreign exchange gains or losses on monetary items not forming part of an investment in a foreign operation, (ix) gain on disposal of an interest in a subsidiary and the non-cash portion of earnings from investments accounted for using the equity method, * finance income earned from loans to joint-ventures, (xi) non-recurring finance costs, (xii) deferred taxes and (xiii) gains or losses from non-recurring items. It has also been adjusted to exclude the distributions declared on Exchangeable securities. These distributions are recognized in profit and loss consistent with the classification of the Exchangeable securities as a liability. However, they are not to be considered when determining distributions for the Unitholders as indeed they are subordinated to the distributions to the Unitholders.

AFFO is defined as FFO subject to certain adjustments, including adjustments for: (i) the non-cash effect of straight line rents, (ii) the cash effect of the lease equalization loans (equalizing the rent payments, providing the REIT with stable and predictable monthly cash flows over the term of the France Telecom leases in the Vanves property, the Smart & Co. lease in the Courbevoie property and the Rue du Commerce leases in the Baldi property), (iii) amortization of fair value adjustment on assumed debt, (iv) the non-cash portion of the asset management fees paid in Exchangeable securities, (v) capital expenditures, (vi) capital expenditures paid by the vendors of the leasehold interest in the properties and/or tenants and (vii) amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans.

FFO and AFFO should not be construed as alternatives to net earnings or cash flow from operating activities, determined in accordance with IFRS, as indicators of our performance. Our method of calculating FFO and AFFO may differ from other issuers' methods and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by them.

Debt-to-book value
Our debt-to-book value ratio is calculated on a look-through basis and takes into account the REIT's apportioned amount of indebtedness at the partnerships' level. Indebtedness at the REIT's level, as well as at the different partnerships' levels is calculated as the sum of (i) finance lease liabilities, (ii) mortgage loans, (iii) lease equalization loans, (iv) other long-term liabilities and (v) deferred tax liabilities. Indebtedness does not take into account the contribution from shareholders that are recorded as a liability, as is the case at the REIT's level for the Exchangeable securities and at the partnerships' level for the contribution from the REIT and its partners.

BUSINESS OVERVIEW AND STRATEGY

Inovalis REIT is an unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario. Inovalis REIT was founded and sponsored by Inovalis SA, our asset manager. Our Units have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol INO.UN since April 10, 2013. Our head and registered office is located at 151 Yonge Street, 11th floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2W7.

Our long-term objectives are to:

  • generate predictable and growing cash distributions on a tax-efficient basis from investments in income-producing office properties
  • maximize the long-term value of both our properties and Units through active and efficient management
  • grow our asset base, primarily in France and Germany, but also opportunistically in other European countries where assets meet our investment criteria
  • increase the cash available for distribution to holders of Units ("Unitholders"), through an accretive acquisition program that successfully leverages Inovalis SA's extensive relationships and depth of commercial property and financing.

The REIT's Investment criteria encompasses office properties outside of Canada with an occupancy level above 80% (unless AFFO accretive), secured rental cash flows, a property value between €20 million ($29 million) to €60 million ($86 million) (unless AFFO accretive) and a potential future upside with respect to matters including rent and area development. According to management, this target investment size falls within a very liquid segment of the real estate market in Europe, and debt financing for such acquisitions is readily available from local lenders.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

French commercial real estate investment market
Investment in commercial real estate in France reached €9.7 BN ($13.9 BN) in the first half of 2016, investment in commercial real estate has marked a slight dip of 3% compared to the same period in 2015 but remains 10.2% higher than the 2006-2015 average of €8.8 BN ($12.6 BN). Despite its slow economic growth, France is still much sought after, and enjoyed in 2015 its second best year ever for investment after 2007. The Greater Paris region accounted for the largest share of acquisitions (75%). Offices are still investors' favorite, attracting 56% of investment.

According to BNP Paribas Real Estate, the prime yield in the Central Business District has remained as low as 3.25% as at Q2 2016 (from 4.00% as at Q2 2015) and the prime yield in the Inner Rim has remained at 4.50% (from 5.25% as at Q2 2016). Investors have increasingly bought properties beyond Paris business districts, which are structurally incapable of supplying demand and which offer low yields. Non-prime office yields have also declined in the majority of markets in the Greater Paris Region and are increasingly sought after.

As at June 30, 2016, the vacancy rate in the Greater Paris Region declined to 6.6% (compared to 6.9% as at December 31, 2015) and inside Paris was close to 4.0%. This figure is mainly comprised of lower quality properties as, according to CBRE, new and redeveloped properties only accounted for 16% of the immediate supply.

German commercial real estate investment market
In the first half of 2016, investment in office properties in Germany reached €7.6 BN ($10.9 BN) which, despite being 18% lower than for the same period in 2015, was 27% above the ten-year average.

Office yields have declined throughout Germany over the last few years and, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate, prime office properties in the largest cities (Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich) trade at a cap rate ranging between 3.60% and 4.30% and the average for the largest big 6 cities is circa 4.00%.

For investors, Germany continues to offer an extremely attractive and stable environment with interest rates still low, active consumers, upward-trending early indicators and a labor market that remains robust. BNP Paribas Real Estate expects demand for office properties during the second half of the year to remain strong and even to increase in the case of foreign market players, and therefore expects an above average turnover for the year as a whole.

Banks are competing for the financing of first class office properties with long-term leases in good locations. As competition increases, banks are increasingly financing slightly risker properties.

REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT AND ADVISORY SERVICES

Pursuant to a management agreement, Inovalis SA is the manager of the REIT and provides the strategic, advisory, asset management, project management, construction management, property management and administrative services necessary to manage the operations of the REIT.

Upon the earlier of (i) the REIT achieving a market capitalization of $750 million (including any Exchangeable securities held by Inovalis SA) based on the volume weighted average price (VWAP) over a 20-day trading period and (ii) April 10, 2018, the Management Agreement will terminate and the management of the REIT will be internalized at no additional cost.

OUR OPERATIONS

Performance indicators(1)

As at

June 30, 2016

December 31, 2015

Gross leasable area (sq.ft)

1,083,239

1,004,448

Number of properties

11

10

Number of tenants

41

31

Occupancy rate (excluding Vendor Leases)

93.1%

89.0%

Occupancy rate (including Vendor Leases)

93.1%

89.5%

Weighted average lease term (2)

6.0 years

6.3 years

(1)

Taking into account the interest the REIT has in the properties held in partnerships.

(2)

Excluding early termination rights. Taking into account early termination rights, the weighted average lease term is 4.2 years.



Portfolio
The REIT has an interest in 11 properties, of which 7 are wholly owned by the REIT (Baldi, Courbevoie, Jeuneurs, Metropolitan, Sablière and Vanves in France, Hanover in Germany) and 4 are held through partnerships with various global institutional funds (Arcueil in France, Bad Homburg, Cologne and Duisburg in Germany).

Occupancy
The overall weighted average occupancy rate across our portfolio was 93.1% at June 30, 2016. During the quarter, a new lease was signed on the Sablière property with effect on July 1, 2016, 4,000 sq.ft, increasing occupancy rate up to 93.5%. This new lease will generate annual net additional rental revenues of $150. The signature of new leases on approximately 55,000 sq.ft on the Baldi, Courbevoie, Sablière and Bad Homburg properties since the beginning of 2016 reflects the good positioning of our properties in an improving letting market. The REIT's portfolio occupancy rate of 93.5% is in line with the market vacancy rate of 6.6% in the Greater Paris Region.

The Vendor Lease on the Vanves property on 4,521 sq.ft (or 0.4% of total GLA) expired in April 2016. External brokers are working with the Inovalis SA team to lease remaining vacant premises on the REIT's portfolio.

Tenants
The tenant base in the portfolio is well diversified from an industry segment standpoint, with many tenants having large national or multinational footprints. 72% of 2016 estimated gross rental income come from French public agencies, are guaranteed by large German or international banks, or are signed with investment grade corporates or are affiliates of investment grade corporates.

The following table shows our five largest tenants, sorted out by contribution to gross leasable area (GLA). The GLA shown for these tenants reflects the percentage of ownership the REIT has in the underlying property.

Tenant


Tenant Sector


GLA 

(sq.ft.)

% of Total

GLA

Orange (formerly France Telecom)


Telecommunications


268,740

24.8%

Facility Services Hannover GmbH


Banking / Real estate


124,076

11.5%

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH


Manufacturer


108,959

10.1%

Rue du Commerce


E-commerce


51,926

4.8%

National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts


Education and training


50,407

4.7%

Top 5 tenants




604,108

55.8%

Other tenants


Diversified


404,566

37.3%

Vacant




74,565

6.9%

Total




1,083,239

100.0%







Our largest tenant Orange is rated BBB+/Baa1/BBB+ by S&P/Moody's/Fitch and has leases in two of our properties, the Vanves property and the Arcueil property (held in partnership).

Leasing profile
Rental indexation
All leases have rental indexation based on either the French ICC (construction cost index) or ILAT (index averaging construction costs and CPI indexes) or the German Consumer Price Index, as applicable.

Lease rollover profile
The REIT has an average remaining lease term of 6.0 years (not including tenant early termination rights). Assuming all tenants leave at the earliest possible early termination rights, which is a highly improbable scenario, the average remaining lease term in our portfolio is 4.2 years.

The following graph sets out the amount of GLA and percentage of total GLA of the properties subject to leases expiring during the periods shown (excluding early lease terminations).

Lease Maturity Profile as at June 30, 2016
(% of total GLA)

Implicit Renewal

0%


2023

10%

2016

1%


2024

17%

2017

0%


2025

7%

2018

5%


2026

3%

2019

6%


Total

93%

2020

17%


Vacant areas

7%

2021

26%




2022

1%


Total

100%






CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Our discussion of results of operations includes our proportionate share of income from investments in joint ventures. Please refer to "Non IFRS section" for a reconciliation to our condensed interim consolidated financial statements.



Three months ended June 30


Six months ended June 30

(in thousands of CAD$)


2016


2015


2016


2015










Rental income 


7,797


6,006


15,231


11,871

Service charge income 


1,562


2,081


3,386


3,947

Service charge expenses


(900)


(1,484)


(6,076)


(5,472)

Other revenues


42


1,240


42


1,240

Other property operating expenses


(152)


203


(82)


182










Net rental earnings


8,349


8,046


12,501


11,768










Administration expenses


(1,708)


(1,269)


(3,174)


(2,355)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


11


(56)


107


84

Net change in fair value of investment properties


3,039


11,348


(222)


13,097

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property


(664)


-


9,213


-

Acquisition costs


(25)


(73)


(689)


(46)

Operating earnings


9,002


17,996


17,736


22,548










Gain (loss) on financial instruments at fair value through P&L


(2,125)


(123)


(2,369)


-

Gain (loss) on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


678


-


(1,242)


379

Loss on refinancing of a debt


-


-


(605)


-

Finance income


2


371


1,168


-

Finance income from Joint-ventures


-


-


-


751

Finance costs


(1,947)


(1,277)


(4,247)


(2,618)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV


1,365


-


144


-

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(482)


(438)


(934)


(867)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


(403)


217


(1,019)


(335)










Earnings before income taxes


6,090


16,746


8,632


19,858










Current income tax expense


(23)


(5)


(134)


(10)

Deferred income tax expense


(229)


(126)


(74)


(168)










Earnings for the period


5,838


16,615


8,424


19,680

Non-controlling interest


(1)


-


(43)


-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


5,839


16,615


8,467


19,680

 

Net rental earnings
Rental income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 of $7,797 increased by $1,791 compared to the same period in 2015, of which $547 was coming from the properties wholly owned by the REIT ($371 increase due to FX change and $176 increase of rental income, accounted for by the combination of an increase due to the Metropolitan acquisition and the signature of new leases and of a decrease due to tenant departures and the expiry of the Vendor leases) and $1,244 from the properties held in partnership ($49 increase due to FX change and $1,195 increase of rental income due to the addition of the Arcueil and Cologne properties).

Rental income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 of $15,231 increased by $3,360 compared to the same period in 2015, of which $937 was coming from the properties wholly owned by the REIT ($819 increase due to FX change and $118 increase of rental income, accounted for by the combination of an increase due to the Metropolitan acquisition and the signature of new leases and of a decrease due to tenant departures and the expiry of the Vendor leases) and $2,423 from the properties held in partnership ($99 increase due to FX change and $2,324 increase of rental income due to the addition of the Arcueil, Bad Homburg and Cologne properties).

Service charge income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 of $1,562 decreased by $519 compared to the same period in 2015, of which a decrease of $745 was coming from the properties wholly owned by the REIT ($135 positive FX impact and $880 decrease of service charge income, explained by charges not recovered on premises previously vacated by tenants and by the settlement with in-place tenants of operating charges effectively due for previous years as actual operating expenses were lower than as budgeted) and an increase of $226 from the properties held in partnership ($11 increase due to FX change and $215 increase of service charge income due to the addition of the Arcueil and Cologne properties). The above-mentioned elements also explain the $561 decrease for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 compared to the previous year.

Service charge expenses for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 of $900 decreased by $584 compared to the same period in 2015 due actual operating expenses being lower than budgeted as described above. The increase for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 compared to 2015 is the combination of lower actual operating expenses and higher property taxes due to the addition of the Arcueil, Cologne and Metropolitan properties (such taxes being fully taken into account in Q1 2016 as per IFRIC 21 accounting rule).

The decrease in other revenues of $1,198 for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2016 is explained by the fact that the amount of $1,240 recorded in 2015 was a non-recurring item (gain of $1,240 on the recovery of an indemnity paid at the time of the purchase of the Vanves property for possible repairs that were no longer required).

Administration expenses
Administration expenses are primarily comprised of asset management fees paid to Inovalis SA and of other general administrative expenses such as trustee fees, directors' and officers' liability insurance, professional fees (including accounting fees), legal fees, filing fees, shareholders related expenses and other expenses. Administration expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 amounted to $1,708 vs. $1,269 for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. $846 is related to the asset management fees paid to Inovalis SA (vs. $598 for the same period in 2015) and $862 to other expenses (vs. $671 for the same period in 2015). The $191 increase in other general administrative expenses (from $671 to $862) is the combination of FX change ($47) and a 21.5% year on year increase ($144), while at the same time the assets under management increased by 25.0%.

Administration expenses for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 amounted to $3,174 vs. $2,355 for the same period in 2015. $1,600 is related to the asset management fees paid to Inovalis SA (vs. $1,180 for the same period in 2015) and $1,574 to other expenses (vs. $1,175 for the same period in 2015). The $399 increase in other general administrative expenses (from $1,175 to $1,574) is the combination of FX change ($82) and a 27.0% year on year increase ($317), while at the same time the assets under management increased in the same range.

Net change in fair value of investment properties
During the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the net change in fair value of investment properties recognized in profit or loss was a $3,039 increase, further to an appreciation of the French properties. This increase in value almost entirely offset the $3,261 decrease recorded in the first quarter of the year to reflect anticipated higher transfer taxes for the French properties, resulting in a $222 decrease for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016.

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property
The amount of $664 in the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 was an adjustment made further to the acquisition by the REIT of the Metropolitan property on March 21, 2016 and the related $9,877 gain in fair value of the purchase option recorded in the first quarter of the year.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, the total gain in fair value of the purchase option was $9,213. As per the Acquisition loan that the REIT granted to Inovalis SA in 2014, the REIT was entitled to receive a portion of the profit generated on the stabilization of the property that would translate into a discount to the purchase price in the event the REIT elected to exercise its right of first offer for the purchase of the property once the latter met the investment criteria of the REIT.

Acquisition costs
The acquisition costs of $25 in the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 was an adjustment made further to the acquisition by the REIT of the Metropolitan property.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, the acquisition costs stood at $689, of which $463 is accounted for by the Metropolitan acquisition (notary and transfer taxes), $141 by the Hanover refinancing and $85 by other costs.

Gain (loss) on financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss
The REIT recognized a loss on financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 of $2,125. For the same period in 2015, the REIT recognized a loss of $123. These gains and losses are mostly the result of the variation in value realized on the foreign exchange ("FX") contracts.

Gain (loss) on exercise of early payment option on finance leases
The amount of $678 recorded in the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 was an adjustment to the amount of $(1,920) recorded in the previous quarter further to the exercise by the REIT of its option to purchase the Metropolitan property that was leased and concomitantly closed a new finance lease contract to replace the finance lease assumed as part of the transaction. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, the net amount recorded for the loss on exercise of early payment option on finance leases was $1,242.

Loss on refinancing of a debt
This element appears only in the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 and has no impact on the three-month period ended June 30, 2016. During the quarter ended March 31, 2016, the REIT refinanced its debt on the Hanover property. The finance lease in place was terminated and replaced with a mortgage financing. The impact of de-recognition of the finance lease amounted to $605.

Finance income
Until March 21, 2016, finance income was almost entirely comprised of the interests perceived by the REIT on the Acquisition loan (Metropolitan transaction). The REIT stopped receiving such interests on March 21, 2016 when it completed the acquisition of the Metropolitan property.

Finance costs
For the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the finance costs amounted to $1,947 including approximately $1,680 for interests costs related to finance leases, mortgage loans, the lease equalization loans and the loan granted by the partner on the Cologne transaction, $423 of other finance costs (mainly amortization of fair value adjustment on finance leases assumed at a discount at the time of a business acquisition and amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans) and finally $(156) as fair value variance of the FX derivative contracted for the benefit of the joint venture partner in the Arcueil transaction.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, the finance costs amounted to $4,247 including approximately $3,256 for interests costs related to finance leases, mortgage loans, the lease equalization loans and the loan granted by the partner on the Cologne transaction, $579 of other finance costs (mainly amortization of fair value adjustment on finance leases assumed at a discount at the time of a business acquisition and amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans) and finally $138 as fair value variance of the FX derivative contracted for the benefit of the joint venture partner in the Arcueil transaction.

Additional income (loss) from Arcueil's JV
For the Arcueil joint venture, an interest of 25% in the partnership was taken into account in the proportionate consolidation presentation, in line with the apportioned investment in the transaction by the REIT of 25% while, as per the joint venture agreement and as reflected in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements, is entitled to receive a 25% share of the net earnings and, upon asset disposal, 75% of the variance of fair value of investment properties, netted from FX derivative costs. This additional income from Arcueil's joint venture of $1,365 and $144 for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2016 is the bridge between both presentations. It includes, inter alia, $308 for 75% of the variation of the potential indemnity to the joint venture partner during the three-month period ending June 30, 2016 (the remaining 25% being already taken into account in the Finance costs above) and $(277) for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016.

Distributions on Exchangeable securities
Distributions to the holders of Exchangeable securities are calculated in a manner to provide a return that is economically equivalent to the distributions received by the Unitholders. During the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 the distribution recognized on Exchangeable securities was $482 while it was $438 for the same period in 2015. The increase is the result of the additional Exchangeable securities received by Inovalis SA in lieu of asset management fees.

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities
The net change in value of the Exchangeable securities, as well as the cost of distributions recognized on Exchangeable securities, are recognized in profit and loss because, for financial reporting purposes, the Exchangeable securities have been classified as a liability at fair value through profit or loss.

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the REIT reported a loss of $403 which is the result of the change in the closing price of Units on the TSX which was $9.94 on June 30, 2016 compared to $9.70 as at March 31, 2016. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, the REIT reported a loss of $1,019 which is the result of the change in the closing price of Units on the TSX which was $9.94 on June 30, 2016 compared to $9.37 as at December 31, 2015.

Current income tax expense
The current income tax expense incurred of $23 and $123 for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2016 amount to a withholding tax paid by the REIT's Luxemburg holding company on the dividends it received from affiliates.

Last 24 Months Key Financial Information
The information provided in this section includes our proportionate share of income from investments in joint ventures. Please refer to "Non IFRS section" for a reconciliation to our condensed interim consolidated financial statements.






3-month period ended

(in thousands of CAD$)



June 30,

  2016

March 31,

  2016

Dec. 31,

   2015

Sept. 30,

   2015

June 30,

  2015

March 31,

  2015

Dec 31,

  2014

Sept. 30,

  2014

Rental income



7,797

7,431

8,423

7,710

6,006

5,866

5,459

4,802

Net rental earnings



8,349

4,135

8,690

7,321

8,047

3,731

5,742

5,096

Earnings for the period



5,839

2,628

6,641

4,479

16,615

3,065

21,374

2,158

Earnings per Unit (CAD$)



0.37

0.15

0.43

0.29

1.08

0.20

1.56

0.19












NON-IFRS RECONCILIATION

Investments in joint ventures
The REIT's proportionate share of the financial position and results of operation of its investment in joint ventures, which are accounted for using the equity method under IFRS in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements, are presented below using the proportionate consolidation method (with the exception of Arcueil), which is a non-GAAP measure. For the purpose of the proportionate consolidation, the initial investment of both partners in the joint ventures were considered as being equity investments as opposed to a combination of equity and loans and accordingly, the related proportionate consolidation balance sheet items were eliminated as well as the associated finance income and finance costs. For the Arcueil joint venture, an interest of 25% in the partnership was taken into account in the proportionate consolidation presentation, in line with the apportioned investment in the transaction by the REIT of 25% while, as per the joint venture agreement and as reflected in the condensed interim consolidated financial statements, the REIT is entitled to receive a 75% share of the net profit. A line entitled "additional gain or loss from Arcueil's joint venture" in the Consolidated statement of earnings reconciliation to consolidated financial statements bridges both presentations. A reconciliation of the financial position and results of operations to the condensed interim balance sheets and consolidated statements of earnings is included in the tables showed in the Non-IFRS Reconciliation section. 

For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the proportional financial results include the following proportion of the revenues and expenses of each one of the joint ventures: 50% for Duisburg and Walpur, 49% for Cologne and 25% for Arcueil.

FFO and AFFO










Three months ended June 30


Six months ended June 30

(in thousands of CAD$)


2016

2015


2016

2015








Earnings for the period


5,839

16,615


8,704

19,680








Add/(Deduct):







Acquisition costs


25

(144)


689

(172)

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property


664

-


(9,213)

-

Other revenues 


-

(1,240)


-

(1,240)

Gain (loss) on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


(678)

-


1,242

-

Loss on refinancing of a debt


-

-


605

-

Net change in fair value of investment properties


(3,039)

(11,348)


178

(13,098)

Gain (loss) on financial instruments at fair value through P&L


2,125

123


2,369

(510)

Adjustment for property taxes accounted for under IFRIC 21


(930)

(697)


1,752

1,333

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV


(1,365)

-


(83)

-

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


482

438


934

867

Change in fair value of Exchangeable securities  


403

(217)


1,019

335

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


(11)

56


(107)

47

Non-recurring finance income from Inovalis relating to the acquisition loan


-

-


(797)

-

Other non-recurring finance costs


(97)

(29)


316

3

Deferred income tax expense


229

127


(162)

165

Minority interest


1

-


(43)

-








FFO 


3,648

3,684


7,403

7,410








Add/(Deduct):







Non-cash effect of straight line rents


(100)

(750)


223

(1,413)

Cash effect of the lease equalization loans


5

1,361


(310)

1,601

Amortization of fair value adjustment on assumed debt 


48

105


99

214

Amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans


81

96


175

201

Non-cash part of asset management fees paid in Exchangeable securities (1) 


409

263


697

520

Capex net of cash subsidy


(100)

(100)


(200)

(200)

Adjustement from investment


18

19


54

51








AFFO 


4,009

4,678


8,141

8,384








FFO / Units (diluted)(in CAD$)


0.20

0.21


0.41

0.43

AFFO / Units (diluted)(in CAD$)


0.22

0.27


0.45

0.48








(1)

For purposes of this presentation, 50% of non-cash part of the asset management fee is included in the AFFO reconciliation. Notwithstanding, 100% of the asset management fee is paid in Exchangeable securities.

(2)

Based on weighted average number of fully diluted Units, i.e. 18,121,533 and 17,424,381 for 3-month periods ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, and 17,938,082 and 17,378,796 for 6-month periods ended June 30, 2016 and 2015.



Management believes FFO is an important measure of our operating performance and is indicative of our ability to pay distributions. However, it does not represent cash flow from operating activities as defined by IFRS and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund Inovalis REIT's needs. This non-IFRS measurement is commonly used for assessing real estate performance. Our FFO and AFFO calculations are based on the average foreign exchange rate for the period (1.4552 Canadian dollars per Euro for the quarter ended June 30, 2016) and does not take into account our foreign currency hedging arrangements (100% of our monthly cash distributions are covered until April 2019 at an average rate of 1.4930).

Our AFFO calculation for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 takes into account an amount of $423 that was payable as of March 31, 2015 by Inovalis SA and that was not taken into account in the previous quarter. Excluding this item, AFFO per Unit for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 would have been $0.24 and the AFFO payout ratio for the same period would have been 84.5%.

Balance sheet reconciliation to consolidated financial statements



As at June 30, 2016


As at December 31, 2015

Assets


As per REIT's
 financial
 statements (1)


Share from investments in joint-ventures


Proportionate Consolidation


As per REIT's
 financial
 statements (1)


Share from investments in joint-ventures


Proportionate Consolidation














Non-current assets












Investment properties

417,925


97,724


515,649


355,704


100,359


456,063

Investments accounted for using the equity method


43,376


(43,376)


-


40,337


(40,337)


-

Acquisition loan


-


-


-


18,786


-


18,786

Derivative financial instruments

344


-


344


92


-


92

Restricted cash and other financial assets

-


-


-


-


-


-

Deferred income tax assets

-


356


356


1,375


-


1,375

Total non-current assets

461,645


54,704


516,349


416,294


60,022


476,316














Current assets












Trade and other receivables

4,131


721


4,852


4,803


816


5,619

Derivative financial instruments

254


154


408


197


159


356

Other current assets


1,555


46


1,601


1,333


39


1,372

Restricted cash

-


-


-


305


-


305

Cash and cash equivalents

7,679


3,019


10,698


6,895


3,958


10,853

Total current assets

13,619


3,940


17,559


13,533


4,972


18,505














Total assets

475,264


58,644


533,908


429,827


64,994


494,821



























Liabilities and Unitholders' equity













Liabilities












Non-current liabilities













Long-term Loans from joint-venture partners



457


457


-


6,480


6,480

Mortgage loans

85,195


34,957


120,152


70,779


36,133


106,912

Finance lease liabilities

146,600


16,933


163,533


120,285


17,192


137,477

Other long-term liabilities

-


1,681


1,681


-


1,171


1,171

Lease equalization loans

4,361


-


4,361


5,090


-


5,090

Tenant deposits

2,506


-


2,506


1,746


-


1,746

Exchangeable securities

18,696


-


18,696


18,034


-


18,034

Provision relating to an investment accounted for using the equity method


-


-


-


925


(925)


-

Derivative financial instruments

3,013


286


3,299


2,698


158


2,856

Deferred tax liabilities

1,467


1,579


3,046


1,651


1,332


2,983

Total non-current liabilities

261,838


55,893


317,731


221,208


61,541


282,749














Current liabilities












Mortgage loans

507


-


507


415


-


415

Finance lease liabilities

6,461


614


7,075


6,217


582


6,799

Lease equalization loans

1,613


-


1,613


1,335


-


1,335

Tenant deposits

109


-


109


116


-


116

Exchangeable securities

2,293


-


2,293


1,366


-


1,366

Derivative financial instruments

1,242


-


1,242


878


-


878

Trade and other payables

10,504


1,564


12,068


6,174


2,129


8,303

Other current liabilities


1,028


573


1,601


469


742


1,211

Total current liabilities

23,757


2,751


26,508


16,970


3,453


20,423

Total liabilities

285,595


58,644


344,239


238,178


64,994


303,172














Equity












Trust units

140,878


-


140,878


136,365


-


136,365

Retained earnings 

37,290


-


37,290


35,359


-


35,359

Accumulated other comprehensive income

11,543


-


11,543


19,925


-


19,925


189,711


-


189,711


191,649


-


191,649














Non-controlling interest

(42)




(42)







Total liabilities and equity

475,264


58,644


533,908


429,827


64,994


494,821














 

Consolidated statement of earnings reconciliation to consolidated financial statements



Three months ended



June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

(in thousands of CAD$)


Amounts

 per REIT's

 financial statements(1)


Share of net

 earnings from investments

          in joint ventures


Total


Amounts

 per REIT's

 financial statements(1)


Share of

 earnings from investments

 in joint

 ventures

Total













Rental income 


5,853


1,944


7,797


5,306


700

6,006

Service charge income 


1,185


377


1,562


1,930


151

2,081

Service charge expenses


(989)


89


(900)


(1,334)


(150)

(1,484)

Other revenues


42


-


42


1,240


-

1,240

Other property operating expenses


(26)


(126)


(152)


(26)


229

203













Net rental earnings


6,065


2,284


8,349


7,116


930

8,046













Administration expenses


(1,505)


(203)


(1,708)


(1,125)


(144)

(1,269)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


11


-


11


(56)


-

(56)

Net change in fair value of investment properties


3,552


(513)


3,039


11,416


(68)

11,348

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property


(664)


-


(664)


-


-

-

Acquisition costs


(30)


5


(25)


(54)


(19)

(73)

Share of the net earnings of investments (equity method)


(153)


153


-


131


(131)

(0)

Operating earnings


7,276


1,726


9,002


17,428


568

17,996













Gain (loss) on financial instruments at fair value through P&L


(2,093)


(32)


(2,125)


(123)


-

(123)

Gain (loss) on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


678


-


678


-



-

Finance income


2


-


2


824


(453)

371

Finance income from Joint-ventures


2,782


(2,782)


-


-


-

-

Finance costs


(1,623)


(324)

  (3)

(1,947)


(1,214)


(63)

(1,277)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV  (2)


-


1,365


1,365


-


-

-

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(482)


-


(482)


(438)


-

(438)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


(403)


-


(403)


217


-

217













Earnings before income taxes


6,137


(47)


6,090


16,694


52

16,746













Current income tax expense


(23)


-


(23)


(5)


-

(5)

Deferred income tax expense


(276)


47


(229)


(74)


(52)

(126)













Earnings for the period


5,838


-


5,838


16,615


(0)

16,615

Non-controlling interest


(1)


-


(1)


-


-

-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


5,839


-


5,839


16,615


-

16,615













(1)

Income statement amounts presented for the REIT were taken from the internal consolidated financial statements as at June 30, 2016 and 2015.

(2)

Includes the REIT's share of the hedging cost of Arcueil's partner.

(3)

Reflects the additional loss assumed by the REIT's in reference with its actual 75% rights to the net profit of the Arcueil joint venture.





Six months ended



June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

(in thousands of CAD$)


Amounts

 per REIT's

 financial

 statements

(1)


Share of net

 earnings from

 investment

s in joint

 ventures


Total


Amounts

 per REIT's

 financial

 statements

(1)


Share of

 earnings from

 investments

 in joint

 ventures

Total













Rental income 


11,526


3,705


15,231


10,589


1,282

11,871

Service charge income 


2,775


611


3,386


3,659


288

3,947

Service charge expenses


(5,474)


(602)


(6,076)


(5,144)


(328)

(5,472)

Other revenues


42


-


42


1,240


-

1,240

Other property operating expenses


(67)


(15)


(82)


(47)


229

182













Net rental earnings


8,802


3,699


12,501


10,297


1,471

11,768













Administration expenses


(2,724)


(450)


(3,174)


(2,117)


(238)

(2,355)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


107


-


107


84


-

84

Net change in fair value of investment properties


644


(866)


(222)


13,166


(69)

13,097

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property


9,213


-


9,213


-


-

-

Acquisition costs


(689)


-


(689)


(54)


8

(46)

Share of the net earnings of investments (equity method)


(358)


358


-


121


(121)

-

Operating earnings


14,995


2,741


17,736


21,497


1,051

22,548













Gain (loss) on financial instruments at fair value through P&L


(2,237)


(132)


(2,369)


379


-

379

Gain (loss) on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


(1,242)


-


(1,242)


-


-

-

Loss on refinancing of a debt


(605)


-


(605)


-


-

-

Finance income


1,168


-


1,168


1,564


(813)

751

Finance income from Joint-ventures


1,668


(1,668)


-


-


-

-

Finance costs


(3,139)


(1,108)

  (3)

(4,247)


(2,443)


(175)

(2,618)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV  (2)


-


144


144


-


-

-

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(934)




(934)


(867)



(867)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


(1,019)


-


(1,019)


(335)



(335)













Earnings before income taxes


8,655


(23)


8,632


19,795


63

19,858













Current income tax expense


(108)


(26)


(134)


(8)


(2)

(10)

Deferred income tax expense


(123)


49


(74)


(107)


(61)

(168)













Earnings for the period


8,424


-


8,424


19,680


-

19,680

Non-controlling interest


(43)


-


(43)


-


-

-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


8,467


-


8,467


19,680


-

19,680

(1)

Income statement amounts presented for the REIT were taken from the internal consolidated financial statements as at June 30, 2016 and 2015.

(2)

Includes the REIT's share of the hedging cost of Arcueil's partner.

(3)

Reflects the additional loss assumed by the REIT's in reference with its actual 75% rights to the net profit of the Arcueil joint venture.



PROPERTY CAPITAL INVESTMENTS       

Fair value
The fair value of our investment property portfolio as at June 30, 2016 was $515.6 million including the REIT's interests in the properties held in partnerships (vs. $456.1 million as at December 31, 2015). The fair value of the French properties was $416.1 million (80.7% of total value) and the fair value of the German properties was       $99.5 million (19.3% of total value).

Management principally uses discounted cash flows to determine the fair value of the investment properties. These values are supported by third party appraisals in conformity with the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Standards, and for the French properties also in conformity with the Charte de l'expertise immobilière, European Valuation Standards of TEGoVA (the European Group of Valuers' Association) and IFRS 13.

Building improvements
The REIT is committed to improving its operating performance by incurring appropriate capital expenditures in order to replace and maintain the productive capacity of its property portfolio so as to sustain its rental income generating potential over the portfolio's useful life.

Since the IPO in April 2013, a total of $1.7 million has been spent on the properties, funded by a reserve that was set aside by the vendors of the four initial properties.

Guarantees, commitments and contingencies
The REIT and its subsidiaries have provided guarantees in connection with the finance lease liabilities and the mortgage loans, including pledge of affiliates of the REIT, first mortgages and assignment of receivables and future receivables. As at June 30, 2016, guarantees provided by the REIT with respect to its long-term debts include a preferential claim held by mortgage lenders on the Jeuneurs, Véronèse, Sablière and Hanover properties in the amount of $85,702.

Further to the reimbursement by the REIT of the $6.4 million equity bridge granted by the partner on the Cologne transaction, the pledge granted by the REIT on its 49% equity commitment to the partner as guarantee was also released.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT ASSETS

Restricted cash
As at June 30, 2016, the REIT had no restricted cash. Restricted cash of $1,680 as at December 31, 2015 was comprised of a collateral for the foreign exchange currency contracts entered into with a Canadian bank. In the course of the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the REIT terminated all these contracts and replaced them with a new series of 36 monthly forward contracts provided by a French bank that has no cash collateral requirements.

Investments accounted for using the equity method
This section encompasses the 50% interest the REIT (through its subsidiaries) has in the Duisburg property, the 50% interest in the Walpur property, the 25% interest in the Arcueil property and the 49% interest in the Cologne property. Our share of fair value of the investment properties accounted for using the equity method was $43,376 as at June 30, 2016 compared to $40,337 as at December 31, 2015.

Acquisition loan
The Acquisition loan on the Metropolitan property ($18,786 as at December 31, 2015) was repaid by Inovalis SA to Inovalis REIT when the latter purchased the property on March 21, 2016. There was no cash payment, as compensation was made with other amounts due by the REIT to Inovalis SA for the purchase of the Metropolitan property.

Trade and other receivables
Trade and other receivables as at June 30, 2016 amounted to $4,852 taking into account the REIT's interests in the properties held in partnerships compared to $5,619 as at December 31, 2015.

Other current Assets
Other current assets as at December 31, 2015 amounted to $1,601 compared to $1,372 as at December 31, 2015. This amount is mainly composed of sales tax receivables.     

PRESENTATION OF OUR CAPITAL

Liquidity and capital resources
Inovalis REIT's primary sources of capital are cash generated from operating activities, credit facilities, sharing the ownership of actual assets owned entirely and equity issues. Our primary uses of capital include property acquisitions, payment of distributions, costs of attracting and retaining tenants, recurring property maintenance, major property improvements and debt interest payments. We expect to meet all of our ongoing obligations through current cash, cash flows from operations, debt refinancing and, as growth requires and when appropriate, new equity or debt issues. We can also sell some portion of assets owned in order to get access to capital but also in the perspective of diversification of our portfolio.

The REIT's cash available remained stable at $7.7 million as at June 30, 2016 compared to $6.9 million as at December 31, 2015. Including the REIT's interest in the joint ventures, cash available totals $10.7 million as at June 30, 2016, compared to $10.9 million as at December 31, 2015.

Financing activities
Our debt strategy is to have secured mortgage financing with a term to maturity that is appropriate in relation to the lease maturity profile of our portfolio and then to put in place, when appropriate, interest-only financings. We intend to search for fixed rate financings or floating rate financings with a cap. As such, 91.8% of the REIT's senior debt benefits from an interest rate protection (75.1% in the form of a swap and 16.7% in the form a cap). Our preference is to have staggered debt maturities to mitigate interest rate risk and limit refinancing exposure in any particular period. With no financial institution representing more than 20% of our senior debt commitment, we also make sure that the REIT has a diversified base of senior debt providers. Our debt to book value stands at 56.5% and net of the $10.7 million of cash available as at June 30, 2016 (including the REIT's interest in the joint ventures), this debt to book value stands at 55.6%.

Key performance indicators in the management of our debt are summarized in the following table (taking into account the interest the REIT has in the properties held in partnerships).








As at June 30, 2016


As at December 31, 2015






Weighted average interest rate (1)


2.07%


1.98%

Debt-to-book value (2)


56.6%


52.8%

Debt-to-book value, net of cash(2)


55.7%


51.8%

Interest coverage ratio (3)


3.7 x


4.0 x

Debt due in next 12 months in thousand of CAD$ (including interests)


7,894


12,232

Weighted average term to maturity of debt (4)


7.6 years


7.2 years






(1)

Calculated as the weighted average interest rate paid on the finance leases and the mortgage financing.

(2)

The definition of debt-to-book value and of debt-to-book value, net of cash can be found under the section Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

(3)

Calculated as net rental earnings plus interest, less general and administrative expenses, divided by interest expense on the financial leases and mortgage financings.

(4)

Calculated as the weighted average term on all the financial leases and mortgage financings.



Leasehold and Mortgage Financing Maturity Profile
(% of amount outstanding as at June 30, 2016)






2016

0%


2023

0%

2017

8%


2024

3%

2018

0%


2025

7%

2019

25%


2026

27%

2020

0%


2027

6%

2021

0%


2028

18%

2022

6%


Total

100%






Trade and other payables
Trade and other payables as at June 30, 2016 amounted to $12,068 taking into account the REIT's interests in the properties held in partnerships compared to $8,303 as at December 31, 2015. The increase is principally due to the accrual of all property taxes and levies, which will resorb itself in the fourth quarter of the year. Also, the addition of the Metropolitan property in the course of the first quarter of 2016 has increased the level of operating expenses and also resulted in higher payables.

Equity
Our discussion about equity is inclusive of Exchangeable securities, which are economically equivalent to the REIT's Units. In our consolidated financial statements, the Exchangeable securities are classified as a combination of current and non-current liabilities under IFRS because of the conversion feature that can be exercised by the holder of those securities.








3-month period ended

 June 30, 2016


6-month period ended

 June 30, 2016






Units





Number at beginning of period


15,665,487


15,637,019

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


420,000


420,000

Units issued pursuant to the DRIP


28,889


57,357

Number at end of period


16,114,376


16,114,376

Weighted average number during the period


15,716,519


15,683,938






Exchangeable securities





Number at beginning of period


2,440,941


2,070,398

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


(329,334)


41,209

Number at end of period


2,111,607


2,111,607

Weighted average number during the period


2,405,014


2,254,144






Units and Exchangeable securities





Number at beginning of period


18,106,428


17,707,417

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


119,555


518,566

Number at end of period


18,225,983


18,225,983

Weighted average number during the period


18,121,533


17,938,082
















Our Declaration of Trust authorizes the issuance of an unlimited number of Units and an unlimited number of Special Voting Units. Issued and outstanding Units and Special Voting Units may be subdivided or consolidated from time to time by the Trustees without notice to or approval of the Unitholders of the REIT.

A total of 90,666 Exchangeable securities were issued during the period from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 in favor of Inovalis SA as payment of the asset management fees for the first quarter of 2016. On June 22, 2016, Inovalis SA also converted 420,000 Exchangeable securities into Units. The combination of both elements resulted in a 329,334 decrease in the number of Exchangeable securities.

For the period from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016, a total of 165,173 Exchangeable securities were issued in favor of Inovalis SA as payment of the asset management fees for the first half of 2016. 296,036 Exchangeable securities were also issued in favor of Inovalis SA as a further investment into the REIT by Inovalis SA. Both elements combined with the above-mentioned conversion of 420,000 Exchangeable securities into Units resulted in a 41,209 increase in the number of Exchangeable securities in the first half of 2016.

Further to the Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") in place, a total of 28,889 Units were issued to Unitholders during the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and 57,357 were issued during the six-month period ended June 30, 2016. As at June 30, 2016, 8.9% of the Units were enrolled in the DRIP.

Subsequent to the quarter, on July 25, 2016, the REIT closed a $46.0 million equity offering (including the over-allotment, which was fully exercised) aimed at being used as an available source of funding for potential future acquisitions of office properties located in France and Germany and for potential capital expenditures relating to the re-positioning and/or re-development of currently owned properties. Until utilized for these purposes, the REIT intends to repay existing outstanding indebtedness in the amount of approximately $24.7 million with respect to the Baldi property, as well as for working capital and general trust purposes, including potential acquisitions. In this equity offering 4,842,190 Units were issued, including 631,590 Units issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the over-allotment option.

Distribution and management of foreign exchange risk
Our Declaration of Trust provides our trustees with the discretion to determine the percentage payout of income that would be in the best interests of the REIT. Given that the level of working capital tends to fluctuate over time and should not affect our distribution policy, we do not consider it when determining our distributions.

In order to ensure the predictability of distributions to our Unitholders, we have established an active foreign exchange hedging program. As at March 31, 2016, the REIT was committed to sell €663 (on the average) at an average rate of 1.5085 and to receive $1,000 on a monthly basis until February 2019 (included). Approximately 60% of the contracts were forward contracts and 40% of the contracts were a combination of puts and calls. The puts and calls contracts were taken at the beginning of 2015 when the market conditions were such that this strategy enabled us to lock in a better rate than the one what we would have had with forward contracts. During the quarter ended June 30, 2016, all of the above mentioned foreign exchange contracts, which were provided by a Canadian bank, were terminated and replaced with a new series of 36 monthly forward contracts provided by a French bank. Under those contracts, the REIT is committed to sell €670 (on the average) at an average rate of 1.4930 and to receive $1,000 on a monthly basis until April 2019 (included). Under these new contracts there is no cash collateral requirement from the bank as was the case with the previous contracts. Besides, the average rate is slightly lower because we chose not to take put and calls any longer as this previous strategy proved to be more volatile in terms of mark to market of our position and prevented us, for such contracts, to apply hedge accounting. The unwinding of existing foreign exchange contracts and their replacement with the new contracts resulted in a $467 loss recorded in the REIT's results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.



Three months ended June 30


Six months ended June 30

(in thousands of CAD$ except for per Unit amounts)


2016


2015


2015


2014










Declared distributions on Units


3,264


3,158


6,493


6,311

Declared distributions on Exchangeable securities


541


438


934


867

Total declared distributions


3,805


3,596


7,427


7,178










Distribution per Unit (diluted)


$ 0.20625


$ 0.20625


$ 0.4125


$ 0.4125










 

We currently pay monthly distributions to Unitholders of $0.06875 per Unit, or $0.825 per Unit on an annual basis.

ANALYSIS OF DISTRIBUTED CASH



Three months ended June 30


Six months ended June 30



2016


2015


2016


2015










Cash flows from operating activities (A)


5,704


5,021


11,194


6,942










Earnings before income taxes (B)


5,838


16,694


8,661


19,795










Declared distribution on Units (C)


3,264


3,158


6,493


6,311










Excess (shortfall) of cash flows from operating activities

over cash distributions paid (A - C)


2,440


1,863


4,701


631










Excess (shortfall) of profit or loss over cash distributions paid (B - C)


2,574


13,536


2,168


13,484










As shown in the table above, the cash flows related to operating activities as reported in the REIT's consolidated statement of cash flows exceeded the cash distributions declared for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Also, as shown in the table above, the amount of distributions declared for the quarter was greater than the amount of earnings reported during the period. Notwithstanding this situation, the REIT does not believe that any portion of these distributions should be regarded as an economic return of capital. The REIT's profit or loss reflects a number of gains or losses that do not affect cash as well as a number of expenses that are related to investing or financing activities rather than to operating activities.

Every quarter, the REIT ensures that sufficient funds were being generated from rental operations to continue making distributions at the planned rate. To perform this assessment, management uses the FFO and AFFO measures presented in the section entitled Non-IFRS reconciliation (FFO and AFFO). These measures are used to determine the amount of funds generated by ongoing rental operations that are available for distribution. These measures remove from consideration those gains and losses that are recognized for accounting purposes but that do not impact cash flow. They also remove from consideration various revenues and expenses that are recognized in profit or loss for accounting purposes but which do not arise from ongoing rental operations, for example because they were incurred to acquire revenue generating assets.

As quantified in the FFO and AFFO calculations, the funds used to make the distributions during the current quarter were generated through the REIT's ongoing rental operations.

The REIT expects to continue paying distributions based on the current plan.

RISK AND UNCERTAINTIES

We are exposed to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Material risks and uncertainties that could materially affect our operations and future performance are described in our prospectus dated March 28, 2013, in our short-form equity offering prospectus dated October 30, 2014 and July 18, 2016 and in our 2015 annual report which are available at www.sedar.com.

OUTLOOK

We believe that the current market environment is a favorable one for the REIT to prosper. In addition to actively managing our properties, we are continuously assessing potential acquisitions in our target markets and will focus on the ones offering value and stability. Our long-term credit worthy tenants, low cost of debt with proper maturity and the foreign exchange rate contracts for our distributions until April 2019, not only provide investors with steady cash flows, but also serve as a basis for future growth. In addition of the cash available, we can also sell some portion of assets that we own to get access to additional cash and at the same time diversify our portfolio risk.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The preparation of the REIT's condensed interim consolidated financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgments and estimates affecting the reported amounts of revenues and investment properties owned directly and indirectly at the reporting date. However, uncertainty about these estimates could result in outcomes requiring a material adjustment to the carrying amount of the asset or liability affected in future periods.

We consider the following policies and estimates to be the most critical in understanding the assumptions and judgments that are involved in preparing our financial statements and the uncertainties that could affect our financial results, financial condition and cash flows: (i) recognition and valuation of investment properties; (ii) distinction between business combinations or asset acquisitions and (iii) classification of and accounting for joint arrangements.

A more detailed description of significant accounting policies and critical accounting judgment and estimates that we apply under IFRS is provided in notes 3 and 4 of the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015.

DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES AND INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

The REIT's Chief Executive Officer (the "CEO"), and the Chief Financial Officer (the "CFO") of the REIT are responsible for establishing and maintaining the REIT's disclosure controls and procedures ("DCP") including adherence to the Disclosure Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Disclosure Policy requires all staff and certain other personnel providing services to the REIT to keep senior management fully apprised of all material information affecting the REIT so that they may evaluate and discuss this information and determine the appropriateness and timing for public release.

The REIT's CEO and the CFO are also responsible for the design of internal controls over financial reporting ("ICFR"). Internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and disposition of the assets of the REIT, (2) provide reasonable assurance that all transactions are recorded as necessary to permit the preparation of financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, and that receipts and expenditures of the REIT are being made only in accordance with authorizations of the management and Trustees of the REIT, and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the REIT's assets that could have a material effect on the REIT's financial statements.

A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met. As a result of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues, including instances of fraud, if any, have been detected. These inherent limitations include, amongst other items: (i) that Management's assumptions and judgments could ultimately prove to be incorrect under varying conditions and circumstances; or (ii) the impact of isolated errors. Additionally, controls may be circumvented by the unauthorized acts of individuals, by collusion of two or more people, or by Management override. The design of any system of controls is also based, in part, upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals.

Given the continued growth and diversification of the REIT's investments portfolio, principally through the acquisition of interests in properties that are accounted for using the equity method, and given the addition or growth of several financial statement lines, several internal controls were newly implemented or modified. These changes were aimed principally at mitigating the risk of misstatement with respect to new investments accounted for using the equity method. In preparation for anticipated additional acquisitions, some additional changes and improvements are being planned in the coming months.

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Equity offering
Subsequent to the quarter, on July 25, 2016, the REIT closed a $46.0 million equity offering (including the over-allotment, which was fully exercised) aimed at being used as an available source of funding for potential future acquisitions of office properties located in France and Germany and for potential capital expenditures relating to the re-positioning and/or re-development of currently owned properties. Until utilized for these purposes, the REIT intends to repay existing outstanding indebtedness in the amount of approximately $24.7 million with respect to the Baldi property, as well as for working capital and general trust purposes, including potential acquisitions.

SOURCE Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information: David Giraud, Chief Executive Officer, Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust, Tel: +33 1 5643 3323, david.giraud@inovalis.com; Anne Smolen, Chief Financial Officer, Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust, Tel: +33 1 5643 3323, anne.smolen@inovalis.com

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