WINNIPEG, March 18 /CNW/ - Artis Real Estate Investment Trust
(TSX: AX.UN) ("Artis" or the "REIT") announced that its trustees have declared
its regular monthly cash distribution of $0.0875 per trust unit ("Unit") of
Artis for the month of March, 2008. The cash distributions will be made on
April 15, 2008 to Unitholders of record on March 31, 2008.
As at the date hereof, there are an aggregate of 32,436,199 Units and
Class B exchangeable limited partnership units of AX L.P. issued and
Artis is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust focused
exclusively on commercial properties located in primary and growing secondary
markets in western Canada, particularly in Alberta. The REIT's goal is to
provide Unitholders the opportunity to invest in high-quality western Canadian
office, retail and industrial properties, as well as to provide monthly cash
distributions that are stable, tax efficient, and growing over time.
Artis owns approximately $1.1 billion of commercial property, comprising
approximately 6.3 million square feet of leasable area in 84 properties.
Leasable area is approximately 31.0% in Manitoba, 7.9% in Saskatchewan, 55.4%
in Alberta, and 5.7% in B.C.; by asset class the portfolio is 32.5% retail,
42.1% office and 25.4% industrial.
The REIT's Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") allows Unitholders to
have their monthly cash distributions used to purchase trust units without
incurring commission or brokerage fees, and receive bonus units equal to 4% of
their monthly cash distributions. More information can be obtained at
The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the
adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
For further information:
For further information: Mr. Armin Martens, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Mr. Jim Green, Chief Financial Officer or Ms. Kirsty
Stevens, Senior VP - Investor Relations, (204) 947-1250