Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust reports financial results for the third quarter of 2016

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TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: INO.UN) today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2016.

  • 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 September 30, 2016, Inovalis SA and Inovalis SA's founding partners have a 13.3% interest in the REIT's equity (directly and indirectly).
  • 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. To date, the REIT has allotted approximately $4.0 million as deposits for two transactions, Ingolstadt and Rueil properties as described below. The balance of the proceeds from the equity offering will be used for further acquisitions, working capital and general trust purposes, as well as for the repayment of the outstanding finance lease ($23.8 million) on the Baldi property in order to have an unencumbered asset. We will then use the Baldi property as security for a revolving line that will help underwrite and warehouse assets in the future. The repayment of the Baldi finance lease and the setting up of the revolving line are expected to take place in the course of the first quarter of 2017.
  • During the quarter, the REIT entered into an agreement for the forward purchase of a class-A office property to be developed in Ingolstadt, Germany. Upon completion of its development in the first quarter of 2018, the 103,000 sq.ft office property will be fully let to a leading German automotive supplier and serve as a headquarters under a 10-year firm lease. The REIT through Inovalis S.A. relations intends to share up to 50% of the asset. One of Inovalis S.A. partners has showed great interest for the project. The net purchase price of the property of approximately €23.9 million ($35.2 million) reflects a cape rate of 6.5%.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, the REIT has committed to fund a €21.7 million ($32.1 million) acquisition and redevelopment loan to a company 80%-owned by Inovalis SA, related to a property located in Rueil, in Paris Western periphery. An office building complex will be re-developed with a total lettable area of approximately 260,000 sq.ft. The facility amount will be drawn in several installments by the time of completion of the project in 2019. The loan will bear an annual interest rate of 8.50%, will give the REIT 16% of the profit generated by the transaction and will also give the REIT an option for the purchase of up to 50% of the property once it meets the REIT's investment criteria. To date, €1.0 million ($1.5 million) was funded by the REIT as deposit. This transaction will legally be structured in a similar way to the Metropolitan transaction.
  • Funds from operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from operations (AFFO) for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 shall be analyzed in the context of the recent $46.0 million equity offering, the proceeds of which being only in the process of being invested and shall also be put into prospective with the same periods in 2015 and also the quarter ended June 30, 2016:


Q3 2016

Q2 2016

Q3 2015

9-month 2016

9-month 2015

Including Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






FFO per unit

0.18

0.20

0.22

0.59

0.65

FFO payout ratio

121.4%

104.3%

93.4%

104.8%

95.6%

AFFO per unit

0.19

0.22

0.24

0.64

0.73

AFFO payout ratio

121.4%

93.2%

84.7%

97.3%

85.2%







Excluding Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






FFO per unit

0.22

0.20

0.22

0.64

0.65

FFO payout ratio

92.8%

104.3%

93.4%

97.4%

95.6%

AFFO per unit

0.23

0.22

0.24

0.68

0.73

AFFO payout ratio

89.7%

93.2%

84.7%

90.5%

85.2%

 

  • Occupancy rate on the REIT's portfolio weighted areas increased to 95.9% as at September 30, 2016 compared to 94.8% as at June 30, 2016 and 91.4% as at December 31, 2015 further to the signature of two new leases during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 on the Sablière and Metropolitan properties.
  • Debt to book value of the REIT was 51.7% as at September 30, 2016. Net of the cash available, debt to book value was 47.1%.

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 1,082,000 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.



September 30, 2016


December 31, 2015








Operational information (1)






Number of properties


11


10


Gross leasable area (sq.ft)


1,082,031


1,004,448


Occupancy rate (end of period) (2)


95.9%


91.4%


Weighted average lease term 


5.7 years


6.3 years


Average capitalization rate (3)


5.6%


6.6%








Financing information (1)






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


51.7%


53.0%


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


47.1%


51.9%


Weighted average term of principal repayments of debt


7.4 years


7.2 years


Weighted average interest rate (5)


2.07%


1.98%


Interest coverage ratio (6)


3.8 x


4.0 x


 



Three months ending

Nine months ending

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


Sept 30, 2016

Sept 30, 2015

Sept 30, 2016

Sept 30, 2015







Operating results






Rental income (1)


7,617

6,881

22,848

18,781

Net rental earnings


7,902

6,589

20,403

18,394

Earnings for the period


11,833

4,479

20,299

24,159

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


4,053

3,868

11,454

11,283

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


4,192

4,267

12,332

12,656

Including Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






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


0.18

0.22

0.59

0.65

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


0.19

0.24

0.64

0.73

Excluding Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






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


0.22

0.22

0.64

0.65

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


0.23

0.24

0.68

0.73







Distributions  






Declared distributions on Units and Exchangeable sec.


4,919

3,613

12,346

10,781

Declared distribution per Unit (diluted) (8)


0.21

0.21

0.62

0.62

Including Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






FFO payout ratio (7)


121.4%

93.4%

104.8%

95.6%

AFFO payout ratio (7)


109.7%

84.7%

97.3%

85.2%

Excluding Units part of the July 2016 equity offering






FFO payout ratio (7)


92.8%

93.4%

97.4%

95.6%

AFFO payout ratio (7)


89.7%

84.7%

90.5%

85.2%



(1)

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

(2)

Calculated on weighted areas (activity, storage and intercompany restaurant areas being accounted for only a third of their effective areas).

(3)

Calculated on annualized net rental earnings (based on net rental earnings for the year-to-date period).

(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 income less general and administrative expenses, divided by interest expense (on the financial leases, mortgage financings and lease equalization loans). 

(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 July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016, and the notes thereto. This MD&A has been prepared taking into account material transactions and events up to and including November 14, 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. 1.4758 Canadian dollars per Euro for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016. For balance sheet items, projections or market data, the exchange rate used is 1.4741 (exchange rate as at September 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, including those paid by the vendors of the leasehold interest in the properties and/or tenants and (vi) 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 ($88 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 €18.4 BN ($27.1 BN) in the first nine months of 2016, is in line with the same period in 2015. The third quarter of 2016 was particularly busy with €7.7 BN ($11.4 BN) invested, confirming an increase in amounts from quarter to quarter since the beginning of the year. 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 (78%). Offices are still investors' favorite, attracting 61% of investment.

According to BNP Paribas Real Estate, the prime yield in the Central Business District has remained as low as 3.15% as at Q3 2016 (from 3.50% as at Q3 2015) and the prime yield in the Inner Rim has remained at 4.50% (from 5.00% as at Q3 2015). 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 September 30, 2016, the vacancy rate in the Greater Paris Region declined to 6.4%, a lowest since end 2009 (compared to 6.9% as at December 31, 2015) and inside Paris was below 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 nine months of 2016, investment in office properties in Germany reached €33 BN ($48.6 BN) which, despite being 14% lower than for the same period in 2015.

Office yields have declined throughout Germany over the last few years and, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate this trend is still going on, with prime office properties in the largest cities (Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich) trading at cap rates ranging between 3.30% and 3.95%.

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

September 30, 2016

December 31, 2015

Gross leasable area (sq.ft)

1,082,031

1,004,448

Number of properties

11

10

Number of tenants

42

31

Occupancy rate (2)

95.9%

91.4%

Weighted average lease term (3)

5.7 years

6.3 years



(1)

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

(2)

Calculated on weighted areas (activity, storage and intercompany restaurant areas being accounted for only for a third of their effective areas).

(3)

Excluding early termination rights. Taking into account early termination rights, the weighted average lease term is 3.9 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
From this quarterly report onwards, we have chosen to show the REIT portfolio's occupancy rate based on weighted areas, i.e. taking into account activity, storage and intercompany restaurant areas for only for a third of their effective areas. This is in line with market practice by local appraisers. The overall weighted average occupancy rate across our portfolio was 95.9% as at September 30, 2016, which is a 1.1% increase compared to 94.8% as at June 30, 2016 and a 4.5% increase compared to 91.4% as at December 31, 2015. Based on the methodology previously used (i.e. without weighting areas), the REIT's portfolio occupancy rate stands at 94.5%, which still evidences a strong improvement since June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 when occupancy rates were 93.1% and 89.0% respectively.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2016 two leases were signed on the Metropolitan (6,900 sq.ft) and Sablière (4,026 sq.ft) properties. The Metropolitan property is now fully occupied and the occupancy rate on the Sablière property now reaches 99.4%.

With an average occupancy rate of 95.9%, the REIT's portfolio outperforms the Greater Paris Region market that has a vacancy rate of 6.4%. 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. 71% 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 total weighted areas. The areas shown for these tenants reflects the percentage of ownership the REIT has in the underlying property.

Tenant


Tenant Sector


GLA
(sq.ft.) (1)

Weighted
Areas (sq.ft) (1)

% of
Weighted
Areas

Orange (formerly France Telecom)


Telecommunications


268,740

253,652

25.6%

Facility Services Hannover GmbH


Banking / Real estate


124,076

124,076

12.5%

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH


Manufacturer


108,959

104,046

10.5%

Rue du Commerce


E-commerce


51,926

51,926

5.2%

National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts


Education and training


50,407

49,543

5.0%

Top 5 tenants




604,108

583,243

58.8%

Other tenants


Diversified


418,139

367,835

37.1%

Vacant




59,784

40,150

4.1%

Total




1,082,031

991,228

100.0%



(1)

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

 

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 5.7 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 3.9 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 September 30, 2016
(% of total GLA)






Implicit Renewal

0.5%


2023

10.0%

2016

1.1%


2024

18.8%

2017

0.0%


2025

7.0%

2018

5.0%


2026

1.5%

2019

6.2%


Total

95.9%

2020

17.5%


Vacant areas

4.1%

2021

27.3%




2022

1.2%


Total

100.0%

 

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 September 30


Nine months ended September 30

(in thousands of CAD$)


2016


2015


2016


2015










Rental income 


7,617


6,881


22,848


18,781

Service charge income 


2,010


1,970


5,396


5,924

Service charge expenses


(1,793)


(1,662)


(7,869)


(7,294)

Other revenues


112


-


154


1,238

Other property operating expenses


(44)


(600)


(126)


(255)

Net rental earnings


7,902


6,589


20,403


18,394










Administration expenses


(1,420)


(1,118)


(4,594)


(3,485)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


(46)


(23)


61


51

Net change in fair value of investment properties


6,653


462


6,431


13,558

Gain on bargain purchase


-


1,380


-


1,380

option FV related to Metropolitan acquisition


-


-


9,213


-

Acquisition costs


(49)


(1,132)


(738)


(1,178)

Operating earnings


13,040


6,158


30,776


28,720










Loss on financial instruments at fair value through P&L


(100)


(1,545)


(2,469)


(1,166)

Loss on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


-


-


(1,242)


-

Loss on debt refinancing


-


-


(605)


-

Finance income


3


403


1,171


1,154

Finance costs


(1,540)


(1,923)


(5,787)


(4,562)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV


1,137


1,497


1,281


1,497

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(592)


(408)


(1,526)


(1,265)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


181


406


(838)


71

Earnings before income taxes


12,129


4,588


20,761


24,449










Current income tax expense


5


(53)


(129)


(61)

Deferred income tax expense


(302)


(56)


(376)


(229)










Earnings for the period


11,832


4,479


20,256


24,159

Non-controlling interest


(1)


-


(43)


-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


11,833


4,479


20,299


24,159

 

As there has been no significant change in the exchange rate for the conversion of Euros into Canadian dollars for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 (1.4758 vs. 1.4665), no explicit foreign exchange impact will be discussed in the following comments for the statement of earnings items.

Net rental earnings
Rental income for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 of $7,617 increased by $736 compared to the same period in 2015, of which $629 was coming from the properties wholly owned by the REIT (accounted for by the combination of an increase due to the Metropolitan acquisition, the signature of new leases and of a decrease due to the expiry of the Vendor leases) and $107 from the properties held in partnership (due to the addition of the Cologne property).

Rental income for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 of $22,848 increased by $4,067 compared to the same period in 2015, of which $1,565 was coming from the properties wholly owned by the REIT (accounted for by the combination of an increase due to the Metropolitan acquisition for approximately $1,700, the net addition of new tenants despite some departures generating approximately $100 and the expiry of the Vendor leases that accounted for approximately $300) and $2,502 from the properties held in partnership (increase of rental income due to the addition of the Arcueil property for approximately $1,250, the Bad Homburg property for approximately $550 and the Cologne property for approximately $600).

During the third quarter of 2016, service charge income has been greater than service charge expenses as a consequence of the application of the IFRIC 21 rule. On a year-to-date basis, service charge expenses are greater than service charge income, which is also mainly explained by the application of the IFRIC 21 rule.

The decrease in other revenues for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 is explained by the fact that the amount of $1,238 recorded in 2015 was a non-recurring item (gain 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 September 30, 2016 amounted to $1,420 vs. $1,118 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. $1,001 is related to the asset management fees paid to Inovalis SA, of which $921 as payment for the third quarter of the year (vs. $649 for the same period in 2015) and $80 as adjustment for the first two quarters of 2016. $419 is related to other expenses (vs. $469 for the same period in 2015).

Administration expenses for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 amounted to $4,594 vs. $3,485 for the same period in 2015. $2,609 is related to the asset management fees paid to Inovalis SA (vs. $1,892 for the same period in 2015) and $1,985 to other expenses (vs. $1,593 for the same period in 2015). The $392 year-on-year increase in other general administrative expenses amounts to a 24.6% increase, in line with the increase of the assets under management at the same time.

Net change in fair value of investment properties
During the three-month period ended September 30, 2016, the net change in fair value of investment properties recognized in profit or loss was a $6,653 increase, further to an appreciation of the French properties due to a further compression of the cap rates in the Greater Paris office market. This is also in line with the increase in value recorded since the beginning of the year of $6,431.

Option fair value related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property
For the nine-month period ended September 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 $49 in the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 were preliminary costs borne by the REIT in the context of the Ingolstadt forward purchase.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, the acquisition costs stood at $738, of which $463 is accounted for by the Metropolitan acquisition (notary and transfer taxes), $141 by the Hanover refinancing, $49 by the Ingolstadt forward purchase 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 September 30, 2016 of $100. For the same period in 2015, the REIT recognized a loss of $1,545. These gains and losses are mostly the result of the variation in value realized on the foreign exchange ("FX") contracts.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, the loss on financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss amounted to $2,469 compared to a loss of $1,166 for the same period in 2015.

Loss on exercise of early payment option on finance leases
This element appears only in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 and has no impact on the three-month period ended September 30, 2016. A loss of $1,242 was recorded in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 further to the exercise by the REIT of its option to purchase the Metropolitan property that was financed under a finance lease. Concomitantly with the transaction, the REIT closed a new finance lease contract to replace the finance lease assumed as part of the transaction.

Loss on refinancing of a debt
This element appears only in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 and has no impact on the three-month period ended September 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 September 30, 2016, the finance costs amounted to $1,540 including $1,842 for interests costs related to finance leases, mortgage loans and the lease equalization loans, $(302) of other finance costs (including amortization of fair value adjustment on finance leases assumed at a discount at the time of a business acquisition, amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans and other miscellaneous costs).
For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, the finance costs amounted to $5,787 including $5,098 for interests costs related to finance leases, mortgage loans, the lease equalization loans and the loan granted by the partner on the Cologne transaction, $689 of other finance costs (including amortization of fair value adjustment on finance leases assumed at a discount at the time of a business acquisition, amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans and other miscellaneous costs).

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 $1,137 for the three-month and $1,281 for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 is the bridge between both presentations.

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 September 30, 2016 the distribution recognized on Exchangeable securities was $592 while it was $1,526 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 September 30, 2016, the REIT reported a gain of $181 which is the result of the change in the closing price of Units on the TSX which was $9.84 on September 30, 2016 compared to $9.94 as at June 30, 2016. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, the REIT reported a loss of $838 which is the result of the change in the closing price of Units on the TSX which was $9.84 on September 30, 2016 compared to $9.37 as at December 31, 2015.

Current income tax expense
The current income tax expense incurred of $129 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 amounts 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$)



Sept. 30,
2016

June 30, 
2016

March 31, 
2016

Dec. 31,
2015

Sept. 30, 
2015

June 30, 
2015

March 31, 
2015

Dec 31, 
2014

Rental income



7,617

7,797

7,431

8,423

7,710

6,006

5,866

5,459

Net rental earnings



7,902

8,349

4,135

8,690

7,321

8,047

3,731

5,742

Earnings for the period



11,833

5,839

2,628

6,641

4,479

16,615

3,065

21,374

Earnings per Unit (CAD$)



0.60

0.29

0.15

0.43

0.29

1.08

0.20

1.56

 

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 September 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. The figures of the period ended September 30, 2015 have been reclassified in order to ensure comparability with the figures for the period ended September 30, 2016

FFO and AFFO



Three months ended September 30


Nine months ended September 30

(in thousands of CAD$)


2016

2015


2016

2015








Earnings for the period


11,833

4,479


20,299

24,159








Add/(Deduct):







Adjustment to related acquisition costs


49

402


738

456

Less other revenues (recovery indemnity)


-

-


-

(1,240)

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitan property


-

-


(9,213)

-

Gain on bargain purchase


-

-


-

-

Other revenues


-

-


-

-

Less reversal of an overaccrual of acquistion costs in 2013


-

-


-

(216)

Loss recognized on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


-

-


1,242

-

Loss on refinancing of a debt


-

-


605

-

Net change in fair value of investment properties


(6,609)

443


(6,431)

(12,723)

(Gain) loss on financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss


100

1,407


2,469

1,028

Gain on disposal of a 50% interest in a subsidiary


-

-


-

-

Adjustment for property taxes accounted for under IFRIC 21


(880)

(713)


872

620

Share of net earnings of investments (equity method)


-

(519)


-

(640)

Additional income (loss from Arcueil's JV)


(1,198)

-


(1,281)

-

Net finance costs (income) from joint venture investments


-

(2,457)


-

(3,270)

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


592

408


1,526

1,265

Change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


(181)

(406)


838

(71)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


46

23


(61)

(51)

Non-recurring finance income from Inovalis relating to Metropolitan


-

-


(798)

-

Other non-recurring finance costs


-

(27)


316

46

Deferred income tax expense


301

(86)


376

21

FFO from Joint Ventures


-

914


-

1,899

Minority interest


-

-


(43)

-








FFO


4,053

3,868


11,454

11,283








Add/(Deduct):







Non-cash effect of straight line rents


(98)

(771)


125

(2,184)

Cash effect of the lease equalization loans


(375)

756


(685)

2,357

Amortization of fair value adjustment on assumed debt


46

110


145

324

Amortization of transaction costs on mortgage loans


59

101


234

302

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


608

281


1,305

801

Capex net of cash subsidy


(100)

(100)


(300)

(300)

Adjustement from investment


-

22


54

73








AFFO


4,192

4,267


12,332

12,656








FFO / Units (diluted) (in CAD$)


0.18

0.22


0.59

0.65

AFFO / Units (diluted) (in CAD$)


0.19

0.24


0.64

0.73



(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. 22,296,266 and 17,513,310 for 3-month periods ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, and 19,401,416 and 17,424,127 for 9-month periods ended September 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 (1.4758 Canadian dollars per Euro for the quarter ended September 30, 2016) and does not take into account our foreign currency hedging arrangements (as at September 30, 2016 100% of our monthly cash distributions are covered until April 2019 at an average rate of 1.4962).

Funds from operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from operations (AFFO) for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 shall be analyzed in the context of the recent $46.0 million equity offering, the proceeds of which being only in the process of being invested and shall also be put into prospective with the same periods in 2015 and also the quarter ended June 30, 2016.



Q3 2016

Q2 2016

Q3 2015

9-month 2016

9-month 2015

Including Units part of the July 2016 equity offering







FFO per unit


0.18

0.20

0.22

0.59

0.65

FFO payout ratio


121.4%

104.3%

93.4%

104.8%

95.6%

AFFO per unit


0.19

0.22

0.24

0.64

0.73

AFFO payout ratio


121.4%

93.2%

84.7%

97.3%

85.2%








Excluding Units part of the July 2016 equity offering







FFO per unit


0.22

0.20

0.22

0.64

0.65

FFO payout ratio


92.8%

104.3%

93.4%

97.4%

95.6%

AFFO per unit


0.23

0.22

0.24

0.68

0.73

AFFO payout ratio


89.7%

93.2%

84.7%

90.5%

85.2%

 

Consolidated balance sheets reconciliation to consolidated financial statements



As at September 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

435,865


100,178


536,043


355,704


100,359


456,063

Investments accounted for using the equity method


45,918


(45,918)


-


40,337


(40,337)


-

Acquisition loan


-


-


-


18,786


-


18,786

Derivative financial instruments

7


-


7


92


-


92

Restricted cash and other financial assets

1,105


-


1,105


-


-


-

Deferred income tax assets

-


-


-


1,375


-


1,375

Long-term Loans from joint-venture partners

-


165


165


-


-


-

Total non-current assets

482,895


54,425


537,320


416,294


60,022


476,316














Current assets












Trade and other receivables

3,930


36


3,966


4,803


816


5,619

Derivative financial instruments

24


158


182


197


159


356

Other current assets


2,149


516


2,665


1,333


39


1,372

Restricted cash

-


-


-


305


-


305

Cash and cash equivalents

47,923


2,916


50,839


6,895


3,958


10,853

Total current assets

54,026


3,626


57,652


13,533


4,972


18,505














Total assets

536,921


58,051


594,972


429,827


64,994


494,821



























Liabilities and Unitholders' equity













Liabilities












Non-current liabilities













Long term loans from joint venture partners

-


-


-


-


6,480


6,480

Mortgage loans

87,439


36,024


123,463


70,779


36,133


106,912

Finance lease liabilities

148,695


17,222


165,917


120,285


17,192


137,477

Other long-term liabilities

-


827


827


-


1,171


1,171

Lease equalization loans

4,663


-


4,663


5,090


-


5,090

Tenant deposits

2,518


-


2,518


1,746


-


1,746

Exchangeable securities

19,024


-


19,024


18,034


-


18,034

Provision relating to an investment accounted for using the equity method


-


-


-


925


(925)


-

Derivative financial instruments

3,096


284


3,380


2,698


158


2,856

Deferred tax liabilities

1,828


1,317


3,145


1,651


1,332


2,983

Total non-current liabilities

267,263


55,674


322,937


221,208


61,541


282,749














Current liabilities
























Mortgage loans

562


20


582


415


-


415

Finance lease liabilities

7,112


646


7,758


6,217


582


6,799

Lease equalization loans

956


-


956


1,335


-


1,335

Tenant deposits

206


-


206


116


-


116

Exchangeable securities

2,785


-


2,785


1,366


-


1,366

Derivative financial instruments

1,355


-


1,355


878


-


878

Trade and other payables

9,650


1,236


10,886


6,174


2,129


8,303

Other current liabilities


939


475


1,414


469


742


1,211

Total current liabilities

23,565


2,377


25,942


16,970


3,453


20,423

Total liabilities

290,828


58,051


348,879


238,178


64,994


303,172














Equity












Trust units

184,285


22


184,307


136,365


-


136,365

Retained earnings 

44,838


(22)


44,816


35,359


-


35,359

Accumulated other comprehensive income

17,013


-


17,013


19,925


-


19,925


246,136


-


246,136


191,649


-


191,649














Non-controlling interest

(43)




(43)







Total liabilities and equity

536,921


58,051


594,972


429,827


64,994


494,821



(1)

Balance sheet amounts presented for the REIT were taken from the interim consolidated financial statements as at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015.

 

Consolidated statement of earnings reconciliation to consolidated financial statements



Three months ended



September 30, 2016


September 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 


6,172


1,445


7,617


5,543


1,338

6,881

Service charge income 


1,819


191


2,010


1,665


305

1,970

Service charge expenses


(1,506)


(287)


(1,793)


(1,469)


(193)

(1,662)

Other revenues


130


(18)


112


-


-

-

Other property operating expenses


(59)


15


(44)


(232)


(368)

(600)













Net rental earnings


6,556


1,346


7,902


5,507


1,082

6,589













Administration expenses


(1,229)


(191)


(1,420)


(941)


(177)

(1,118)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


(46)


-


(46)


(23)


-

(23)

Net change in fair value of investment properties


6,559


94


6,653


(443)


905

462

Gain on bargain purchase


-


-


-


-


1,380

1,380

Acquisition costs


(49)


-


(49)


(402)


(730)

(1,132)

Share of profit of an investment (equity method)


218


(218)


-


519


(519)

-

Operating earnings


12,009


1,031


13,040


4,217


1,941

6,158













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


(110)


10


(100)


(1,407)


(138)

(1,545)

Loss on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


-


-


-


-


-

-

Loss on debt refinancing


-


-


-


-


-

-

Finance income


3


-


3


2,860


(2,457)

403

Finance income from Joint-ventures


2,214


(2,214)


-




-

-

Finance costs


(1,670)


130

  (2)

(1,540)


(1,223)


(700)

(1,923)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV  (1)


-


1,137


1,137


-


1,497

1,497

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(592)


-


(592)


(408)


-

(408)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


181


-


181


406


-

406













Earnings before income taxes


12,035


94


12,129


4,445


143

4,588













Current income tax expense


4


1


5


(52)


(1)

(53)

Deferred income tax expense


(207)


(95)


(302)


86


(142)

(56)













Earnings for the period


11,832


-


11,832


4,479


-

4,479

Non-controlling interest


(1)


-


(1)


-


-

-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


11,833


-


11,833


4,479


-

4,479



(1)

Income statement amounts presented for the REIT were taken from the internal condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at September 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.

 



Nine months ended





September 30, 2016


September 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 net
earnings from
investments 
in joint
ventures


Total














Rental income 


17,698


5,150


22,848


16,133


2,648


18,781

Service charge income 


4,594


802


5,396


5,324


600


5,924

Service charge expenses


(6,980)


(889)


(7,869)


(6,613)


(681)


(7,294)

Other revenues


172


(18)


154


1,240


(2)


1,238

Other property operating expenses


(126)


-


(126)


(279)


24


(255)














Net rental earnings


15,358


5,045


20,403


15,805


2,589


18,394














Administration expenses


(3,953)


(641)


(4,594)


(3,059)


(426)


(3,485)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain


61


-


61


51


-


51

Net change in fair value of investment properties


7,203


(772)


6,431


12,723


835


13,558

Gain on bargain purchase


-


-


-


-


1,380


1,380

Option cost related to the acquisition of the Metropolitain property


9,213


-


9,213


-


-


-

Acquisition costs


(738)


-


(738)


(456)


(722)


(1,178)














Operating earnings


27,144


3,632


30,776


25,064


3,656


28,720














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


(2,347)


(122)


(2,469)


(1,028)


(138)


(1,166)

Share of profit of an investment (equity method)


(140)


140


-


640


(640)


-

Loss on exercise of early payment option on finance leases


(1,242)


-


(1,242)


-


-


-

Loss on debt refinancing


(605)


-


(605)


-


-


-

Finance income


1,171


-


1,171


4,424


(3,270)


1,154

Finance income from Joint-ventures


3,882


(3,882)


-


-


-


-

Finance costs


(4,809)


(978)

  (2)

(5,787)


(3,666)


(896)


(4,562)

Additionnal income (loss) from Arcueil's JV  (1)


-


1,281


1,281


-


1,497


1,497

Distributions on Exchangeable securities


(1,526)


-


(1,526)


(1,265)


-


(1,265)

Net change in fair value of Exchangeable securities


(838)


-


(838)


71


-


71














Earnings before income taxes


20,690


71


20,761


24,240


209


24,449














Current income tax expense


(104)


(25)


(129)


(60)


(1)


(61)

Deferred income tax expense


(330)


(46)


(376)


(21)


(208)


(229)














Earnings for the period


20,256


-


20,256


24,159


-


24,159

Non-controlling interest


(43)


-


(43)


-


-


-

Earnings for the period (part attributable to the Trust)


20,299


-


20,299


24,159


-


24,159



(1)

Income statement amounts presented for the REIT were taken from the internal consolidated financial statements as at Septembre 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 September 30, 2016 was $536.0 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 $433.6 million (80.9% of total value) and the fair value of the German properties was $102.4 million (19.1% 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 September 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 $88,002.

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 in the course of the second quarter of 2016.

New acquisition
During the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the REIT entered into an agreement for the forward purchase of a class-A office property to be developed in Ingolstadt, Germany. Upon completion of its development in the first quarter of 2018, the property will be fully let to a leading German automotive supplier and serve as a headquarters under a 10-year firm lease. Building permit for the Property was obtained in September 2016. The property will be a 103,000 sq.ft office mainly property consisting of three buildings (two to four storeys each) together with 309 parking units. The REIT through Inovalis S.A. relations is looking to share up to 50% of the asset. One of Inovalis S.A. partners has showed great interest for the project. The net purchase price of the property of approximately  €23.9 million ($35.2 million) reflects an acquisition yield of 6.5%. A deposit of €1.5 million ($ 2.2 million) has already been paid upon signature of the forward purchase agreement. The balance of the purchase price will be paid upon completion of the property with a combination of senior mortgage debt for €14.0 million ($ 20.6 million) and an additional equity commitment of approximately €8.4 million ($ 12.4 million).

OTHER SIGNIFICANT ASSETS

Restricted cash
As at September 30, 2016, the REIT had $1,105 of restricted cash which amounts to the share of the REIT's deposit in the Ingolstadt forward purchase transaction as described above. 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 $45,918 as at September 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 September 30, 2016 amounted to $3,966 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 September 30, 2016 amounted to $2,665 compared to $1,372 as at December 31, 2015. This includes the 50% share of the deposit pertaining to the Ingolstadt forward purchase that will be borne by the yet-to-be chosen partner on this transaction. The balance of other current assets consists mainly 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 reached $47.9 million as at September 30, 2016 compared to $6.9 million as at December 31, 2015. Including the REIT's interest in the joint ventures, cash available totals $50.8 million as at September 30, 2016, compared to $10.9 million as at December 31, 2015. This includes the proceeds of the equity offering closed on July 25, 2016, the proceeds of which having not been invested yet. Gross proceeds of $46.0 million resulted into net proceeds of $43.1 million after deduction of $2.9 million of offering costs.

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, 92.0% of the REIT's senior debt benefits from an interest rate protection (7 5.2% in the form of a swap and 16.8% 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 51.7% and net of the $50.8 million of cash available as at September 30, 2016 (including the REIT's interest in the joint ventures), this debt to book value stands at 47.1%.

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 September 30, 2016


As at December 31, 2015






Weighted average interest rate (1)


2.07%


1.98%

Debt-to-book value (2)


51.7%


52.8%

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


47.1%


51.8%

Interest coverage ratio (3)


3.8 x


4.0 x

Debt due in next 12 months in thousand of CAD$


8,320


12,232

Weighted average term to maturity of debt (4)


7.4 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 September 30, 2016)






2016

0%


2023

0%

2017

8%


2024

3%

2018

0%


2025

7%

2019

23%


2026

27%

2020

0%


2027

6%

2021

0%


2028

18%

2022

9%


Total

100%

 

Trade and other payables
Trade and other payables as at September 30, 2016 amounted to $10,886 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
September 30, 2016


9-month period ended
September 30, 2016






Units





Number at beginning of period


16,114,376


15,637,019

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


4,842,190


5,262,190

Units issued pursuant to the DRIP


33,250


90,607

Number at end of period


20,989,816


20,989,816

Weighted average number during the period


20,183,520


17,194,747






Exchangeable securities





Number at beginning of period


2,111,607


2,070,398

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


104,812


146,021

Number at end of period


2,216,419


2,216,419

Weighted average number during the period


2,112,746


2,206,669






Units and Exchangeable securities





Number at beginning of period


18,225,983


17,707,417

Increase/(Decrease) in number during the period


4,980,252


5,498,818

Number at end of period


23,206,235


23,206,235

Weighted average number during the period


22,296,266


19,401,416

 

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.

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 reimburse the finance lease on the Baldi property for $23.8 million in order to have an unencumbered asset. We will use this property as a security in order to secure a revolving line that will help underwrite and warehouse assets in the future. The repayment of the debt and the setting up of the revolving line are expected to take place in the course of the first quarter of 2017.

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.

Further to the Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") in place, a total of 33,250 Units were issued to Unitholders during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and 90,607 were issued during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016. As at September 30, 2016, 7.6% of the Units were enrolled in the DRIP.

A total of 104,812 Exchangeable securities were issued during the period from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 in favor of Inovalis SA as payment of the asset management fees for the third quarter of 2016.

For the period from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016, a total of 269,985 Exchangeable securities were issued in favor of Inovalis SA as payment of the asset management fees for the nine-month period ended September 30, 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 a conversion of 420,000 Exchangeable securities into Units on June 22, 2016 resulted in a 146,021 increase in the number of Exchangeable securities in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016.

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 1.4962 and to receive $1,000 on a monthly basis from October 2016 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.

Subsequent to the quarter, on October 18, 2016, the REIT entered into 30 new monthly foreign currency hedge contracts whereby the REIT is entitled to purchase $300 each month at an average exchange rate of 1.4554 Canadian dollars per euro. The new contracts cover 30 monthly periods from November 10, 2016 to April 10, 2019. The addition of these new contracts to the already existing ones ensure the foreign exchange protection for the distribution on the entirety of the REIT's units (including the Units raised in the $46.0 million equity offering in July 2016).



Three months ended September 30, 2016


Nine  months ended September 30

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


2016


2015


2016


2015










Declared distributions on Units


4,327


3,205


10,820


9,516

Declared distributions on Exchangeable securities


592


408


1,526


1,265

Total declared distributions


4,919


3,613


12,346


10,781










Distribution per Unit (diluted)


$ 0.20625


$ 0.20625


$ 0.61875


$ 0.61875

 

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 September 30


Nine months ended September 30



2016


2015


2016


2015










Cash flows from operating activities (A)


3,761


5,976


14,918


12,962










Earnings before income taxes (B)


12,035


4,445


20,690


24,240










Declared distribution on Units (C)


4,327


3,205


10,820


9,516










Excess (shortfall) of cash flows from operating activities over cash distributions paid (A - C)


(566)


2,771


4,098


3,446










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


7,708


1,240


9,870


14,724

 

With cash flows from operating activities (A) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 of $3,761, there is a $566 shortfall over cash distributions paid during the same period. Excluding working capital adjustments of $2,387, cash flows from operating activities reached $6,148 and exceeds the amount of cash distributions paid. The $2,387 working capital adjustment includes an increase in receivables by $622, an increase in tenants' deposits by $35 and a decrease in payables by $1,800 during the three-month period ended September 30, 2016. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, cash flows from operating activities as reported in the REIT's consolidated statement of cash flows exceeded the cash distribution declared for the same period.

Also, as shown in the table above, the earnings reported during the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 exceeded the amount of distributions declared for the same periods.

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) valuation of investment properties; (ii) distinction between business combinations and 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

Rueil
Subsequent to the quarter, the REIT has committed to fund a €21.7 million ($32.1 million) acquisition and redevelopment loan to a company 80% owned by Inovalis SA related to a property located in Rueil, in Paris Western periphery. An office building complex will be re-developed with a total lettable area of approximately 260,000 sq.ft. The facility amount will be drawn in several installments by completion of the project in 2019. The loan will bear an annual interest rate of 8.50%, will give the REIT 16% of the profit generated by the transaction and will also give the REIT an option for the purchase of up to 50% of the property once it meets the REIT's investment criteria. To date, €1.0 million ($1.5 million) was funded by the REIT as deposit. This transaction will legally be structured in a similar way to the Metropolitan transaction.

New foreign exchange contracts
Subsequent to the quarter, on October 18, 2016, the REIT entered into 30 new monthly foreign currency hedge contracts whereby the REIT is entitled to purchase $300 each month at an average exchange rate of 1.4554 Canadian dollars per euro. The new contracts cover 30 monthly periods from November 10, 2016 to April 10, 2019. The addition of these new contracts to the already existing ones ensure the foreign exchange protection for the distribution on the entirety of the REIT's units (including the Units raised in the $46.0 million equity offering in July 2016).

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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