TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Summit Industrial Income REIT ("Summit" or the "REIT") (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that it has sold a 75% interest in two properties located in Ottawa, Ontario and Moncton, New Brunswick aggregating 245,217 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). The sale price of approximately $24.9 million for the 75% interest will generate a realized gain on the sale of approximately $2.3 million. The proceeds will be used to reduce the REIT's floating-rate revolving operating credit facility and provide funds for future portfolio growth. The purchaser is the same major Canadian financial institutions that purchased a 75% interest in another Summit property in Ottawa in May 2014.
"With full occupancies and continued very strong performance at the property level, our focus is now on significantly accelerating growth in our property portfolio to enhance its size and scale and deliver increased cash flow to our Unitholders," commented Paul Dykeman, Summit's Chief Executive Officer. "A key element of our growth program is to partner on selected assets and recycle this capital in acquisitions that build our presence in targeted higher-growth industrial markets, including the Greater Toronto Area. We look to accretively reinvest the proceeds from these two sales in the near term."
Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unincorporated open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial properties across Canada. Summit's units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our web site at www.summitIIreit.com.
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