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TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - The trustees of CT Real Estate Investment Trust ("CT REIT") (TSX: CRT.UN) announced today that they have approved an increase in the annualized distributions to $0.663 per unit, an increase of 2% from the previous distribution of $0.65 per unit on an annualized basis, commencing with the December 30, 2014 record date.
"CT REIT will achieve a contractual increase in rent effective January 1, 2015 on well over 95% of its portfolio due to the highly predictable, long term leases in its portfolio. This gives us the confidence to announce an increase in distributions as we look ahead to our second year of operations," said Ken Silver, President and Chief Executive Officer, CT REIT. "Over the past few years there has been a laudable trend in the Canadian REIT sector to reduce distribution payout ratios. We are very pleased to strike a balance between an increase in distributions and a reduction in our payout ratio."
This document contains forward-looking information that reflects management's current expectations related to matters such as increases in distribution, future financial performance and operating results of CT REIT. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of providing information about CT REIT's future outlook and anticipated events or results. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document may constitute forward–looking information, including but not limited to, statements concerning increased distributions. Forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions, estimates, analyses, beliefs and opinions of management made in light of its experience and perception of prospects and opportunities, current conditions and expected trends, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable at the date such information is provided.
By its very nature forward-looking information requires us to make assumptions and is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility that the REIT's assumptions, estimates, analyses, beliefs and opinions may not be correct and that the REIT's expectations and plans will not be achieved. Although the forward looking information contained in this press release is based on information, assumptions and beliefs which are reasonable and complete, this information is necessarily subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking information.
For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the REIT's actual results to differ from current expectations, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Information Form for fiscal 2013, and to Part X (Enterprise Risk Management) and all subsections thereunder of our Q3, 2014 Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as the REIT's other public filings, available at www.sedar.com and at www.ctreit.com.
The forward-looking statements and information contained herein are based on certain factors and assumptions as of the date hereof. CT REIT does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by it or on its behalf, to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as is required by applicable securities laws.
Information contained in or otherwise accessible through the websites referenced in this press release (other than CT REIT's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com) does not form part of this press release and is not incorporated by reference into this press release. All references to such websites are inactive textual references and are for information only.
Additional information about the REIT has been filed electronically with various securities regulators in Canada through SEDAR and is available online at www.sedar.com.
CT REIT will conduct a conference call to discuss information included in this news release and related matters at 9:00 a.m. ET on November 4, 2014. The conference call will be available simultaneously and in its entirety to all interested investors and the news media through a webcast at http://ctreit.com/en/investors/financial-reporting, and will be available through replay at this website for 12 months.
About CT Real Estate Investment Trust
CT Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CRT.UN) is an unincorporated, closed end real estate investment trust formed to own income producing commercial properties primarily located in Canada. Its portfolio is comprised of more than 260 properties totaling approximately 20 million square feet of GLA, consisting primarily of retail properties located across Canada. Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is CT REIT's most significant tenant. For more information, visit ctreit.com.
SOURCE: CT REIT