Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust Announces 2010 First Quarter Results

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 3 /CNW/ - Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust ("the Trust") (TSX: MRT.UN) today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2010 ("Q1").

    
    -   Morguard REIT's Q1 2010 Financial Statements, and Management's
        Discussion and Analysis along with its 2009 Annual Report are
        available on Morguard REIT's website at www.morguardreit.com and have
        been filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
    

HIGHLIGHTS

    
    -   Net operating income for Q1 2010 increased to $28.9 million from
        $27.6 million for the same period in 2009.
    -   Net income for Q1 2010 totaled $7.0 million or $0.12 per unit
        compared to $7.7 million or $0.13 per unit for the same period in
        2009. Included in net income for Q1 2010 was $1.9 million in interest
        expense for the 6.50% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures
        issued on September 22, 2009.
    -   Recurring distributable income increased to $15.0 million or
        $0.26 per unit (basic and diluted) compared to $14.7 million or
        $0.25 per unit (basic and diluted) for the same period in 2009.
    -   Funds from operations ("FFO") decreased to $16.9 million or
        $0.29 per unit (basic) and $0.28 per unit (diluted) compared to
        $17.2 million or $0.30 per unit (basic and diluted) for the same
        period in 2009.
    -   Overall portfolio occupancy levels were at 94%.

    Net Income
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    (In thousands of dollars, except per-unit amounts)
    For the three months ended March 31,                    2010        2009
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    Income from real estate properties                 $  52,464   $  50,757
    Property operating income                          $  28,854   $  27,579

    Net income for the period from continuing
     operations                                        $   6,793   $   7,430
    Income for the period from discontinued operations       183         256
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    Net income for the period                          $   6,976   $   7,686
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    Net income per unit (basic and diluted)
      Continuing operations                            $    0.12   $    0.13
      Discontinued operations                                  -           -
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                                                       $    0.12   $    0.13
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    Distributable Income
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Distributable income is net income after adjusting for the amortization of buildings and intangible assets, accretion and issue costs of convertible debentures and providing for any reserves, provisions and allowances established by the Board of Trustees ("Trustees") of the Trust plus any amount the Trustees, in their discretion, determine to be appropriate.

Recurring distributable income is distributable income excluding gain or loss on sale of real estate properties, unusual or non-recurring items and provisions for diminution in value of real estate properties. Distributed income, which is income distributed to unitholders, is expressed as a percentage of RDI to arrive at a payout ratio.

The following table outlines the Trust's distributable income, recurring distributable income and payout ratios for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.

    

    (In thousands of dollars, except per-unit amounts
     and percentages)
    For the three months ended March 31,                    2010        2009
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    Net income for the period                          $   6,976   $   7,686
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    Add/(deduct)
    Amortization - buildings                               6,549       6,488
    Amortization - intangibles                             1,329         948
    Amortization - above/(below) market-rate leases,
     net                                                    (286)       (235)
    Amortization - stepped rents                             137        (152)
    Accretion of convertible debentures                      232           -
    Issue costs - convertible debentures                      25           -
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    Distributable income                                  14,962      14,735
    Gain on sale of real estate properties                     -           -
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    Recurring distributable income                     $  14,962   $  14,735
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    Distributed income                                 $  12,824   $  13,087
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    Payout ratio:
      Recurring distributable income                       85.7%       88.8%

    Recurring distributable income - per unit
     (basic and diluted)                               $    0.26   $    0.25

    Weighted average number of units -
     (basic and diluted) (in thousands)                   56,838      57,996
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    Funds from Operations
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The real estate industry has adopted a measure of FFO to supplement net income as an operating performance measurement. The Trust's calculation of FFO is consistent with the definition provided by the Real Property Association of Canada ("REALPac").

FFO is defined as net income adjusted for amortization of buildings, leasehold improvements, intangible items, deferred leasing costs, accretion of convertible debentures and any gain or loss on sale of real estate properties as well as any and any provisions against capital. FFO per unit is calculated by dividing FFO attributable to unitholders by the weighted average number of units outstanding for the period.

FFO was calculated as follows:

    

                          March 31, 2010             March 31, 2009
    (In thousands      ------------------------------------------------------
     of dollars,        Continu-  Discon-          Continu-  Discon-
     except per-            ing   tinued               ing   tinued
     unit                 Opera-   Opera-            Opera-   Opera-
     amounts)             tions    tions    Total    tions    tions    Total
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    Net income for the
     period             $ 6,793  $   183  $ 6,976  $ 7,430  $   256  $ 7,686
    Add/(deduct) items
     not affecting
     cash:
    Amortization -
     buildings            6,513       36    6,549    6,419       69    6,488
    Amortization -
     leasehold
     improvements         1,287        -    1,287    1,528        5    1,533
    Amortization -
     intangibles          1,329        -    1,329      948        -      948
    Amortization -
     deferred
     leasing costs          527        -      527      540        5      545
    Accretion of
     convertible
     debentures             232        -      232        -        -        -
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    Funds from
     operations         $16,681  $   219  $16,900  $16,865  $   335  $17,200
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    Funds from
     operations
     per unit
     (basic)            $  0.29  $     -  $  0.29  $  0.29  $  0.01  $  0.30
    Funds from
     operations
     per unit
     (diluted)          $  0.28  $     -  $  0.28  $  0.29  $  0.01  $  0.30
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Readers are cautioned that although the terms "Operating Income", "Funds from Operations", "Distributable Income" and "Recurring Distributable Income" are commonly used to measure, compare and explain the operating and financial performance of Canadian real estate investment trusts and such terms are defined in the Management's Discussion and Analysis, such terms are not recognized terms under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Such terms do not necessarily have a standardized meaning and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by the other publicly traded entities.

    
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    Morguard is a closed-end real estate investment trust, which owns a
    diversified portfolio of 49 retail, office, and mixed- use properties in
    Canada with a book value of $1.2 billion and approximately 7.7 million
    square feet of leasable space. For more information, visit the Trust's
    website at www.morguardreit.com.
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SOURCE Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information: For further information: Rai Sahi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tel: (905) 281-4800; or Tim Walker, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (905) 281-4800


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