GT Canada Medical Properties REIT announces acquisition of medical office building in Orillia, Ontario


TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - GT Canada Medical Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a medical office building located in Orillia, Ontario (the "Property").

The purchase is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions, including TSXV acceptance and unitholder approval. It is expected to be immediately accretive and further advance the REIT's presence in the Ontario medical office building market.

The purchase price of the building will be approximately $6.8 million, subject to adjustments, which represents a 7.75% cap rate applied to the year one net operating income. The REIT will also purchase an additional land parcel for $150,000. The REIT will assume approximately $3.5 million in mortgage debt on the Property and fund the balance of the purchase price with cash on hand and a draw on its acquisition credit facility.

The Orillia Medical Office Building is adjacent to the Soldier's Memorial Hospital and has served the Orillia and surrounding communities for over twenty years. The 21,000 square foot building is occupied by 18 tenants including a pharmacy, lab and x-ray and is fully leased.

"This investment would be the REIT's eighth acquisition in little more than 18 months," stated Andrew Shapack, the REIT's CEO. "It demonstrates our commitment to growth and the continued execution of our business plan to create a high occupancy, physician intensive portfolio comprised exclusively of medical office buildings."

The vendor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thornley Holdings Limited, (the "Vendor") an Ontario corporation that is indirectly controlled by Edward Thornley, a trustee of the REIT and Darren Thornley, an officer of the REIT. Accordingly, the acquisition is a "non-arm's length transaction" and will be subject to majority of the minority unitholder approval. An information circular detailing the terms of the acquisition is expected to be mailed to the REIT's unitholders in October 2011, at which time a copy will be made available at

Thornley Holdings Limited, Edward Thornley, and Darren Thornley collectively own or exercise control or direction over an aggregate of 405,650 voting units of the REIT, representing approximately 2.6% of the outstanding voting units of the REIT.

In connection with the acquisition, Colliers International will receive a commission equal to 1.50% (of which the REIT will pay half) of the purchase price for the Property.

GT Canada Medical Properties REIT

As Canada's only publicly traded issuer focused exclusively on medical office buildings, GT Canada Medical Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT's objectives are to: (i) provide its unitholders with stable and growing cash distributions from investments focused on medical office buildings, on a tax efficient basis; (ii) enhance the value of the REIT's assets and maximize long-term unit value; and (iii) expand the asset base of the REIT.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those relating to the accretive aspects of the acquisition and the opportunities for future growth. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the REIT to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has approved or disapproved the contents of this press release.

SOURCE GT Canada Medical Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information:

Andrew Shapack, Chief Executive Officer
GT Canada Medical Properties REIT
(416) 572-2170

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