TORONTO, April 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Granite Real Estate Investment Trust ("Granite") (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) announced today that it has acquired the leasehold interest in two income producing properties located in Mississauga, Ontario, collectively comprising approximately 943,000 square feet at a purchase price of CAD 154 million. The properties are being acquired at a current in-going yield of approximately 4.5%, which is expected to be significantly enhanced by rental growth and future expansion. The properties are located adjacent to Toronto Pearson International Airport and are 100% leased to creditworthy tenants with a weighted average lease term of 8.7 years.
Best-in-Class Physical Attributes
Core In-fill GTA Location
Both buildings completed in 2018 to the highest design specifications
Located next to Toronto Pearson International Airport
40' clear height offering superior cubic capacity to comparable new generation buildings in Mississauga
Immediate access to highways 407, 401, 410 and 427, reducing user freight costs
Dual-sided shipping at 2020 Logistics Drive with an industry-leading number of dock positions and trailer parking
Property is serviced by both Mississauga and Brampton public transit
Site offers multiple points of ingress and egress
Population of 4.6 million within a 30km radius providing crucial last-mile capabilities and access to a significant labour force
Cash Flow Stability with Growth
Exceptional Market Fundamentals
The contractual rent at 2020 Logistics Drive is significantly below market, providing expected net operating income ("NOI") growth upon lease rollover
Mississauga is the largest industrial sub-market in Canada with a vacancy rate of only 0.6%
2095 Logistics Drive will be expanded by approximately 59,000 square feet by February 2022, generating additional NOI at an estimated yield of 8.9%
Rents have increased by 16.8% over the past
Limited new supply and constrained availability of large land parcels in Mississauga are expected to maintain upward pressure on occupancy and rents
2020 Logistics Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
2020 Logistics Drive is a 773,318 square foot state-of-the-art e-commerce distribution centre. The 40' clear height dual-load building has modern e-commerce design specifications including 138 truck level doors, LED lighting, 8" reinforced floors, 65' loading bays and optimal column spacing. Constructed in 2018, the property is 100% leased to Wayfair Inc. at below market rents for a remaining lease term of 6.4 years.
2095 Logistics Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
2095 Logistics Drive is a 170,018 square foot state-of-the-art freezer/cooler building. The 40'10" clear height facility has 28 shipping doors, LED lighting, 10" reinforced floors and ample car parking. Constructed in 2018, the property is 100% leased to Congebec Inc. on a long term lease. Within the next three years, a building expansion of approximately 59,000 square feet is scheduled to be completed.
The two buildings are situated on approximately 45 acres of land, leased to Granite until 2056, subject to a further eight-year extension option.
Granite funded the acquisition with existing cash on hand.
Kevan Gorrie, Granite's President and CEO commented that "This core acquisition provides a strong combination of cash flow stability and growth for our unitholders, while increasing our presence in the GTA and advancing our strategy of acquiring and developing institutional quality assets in key e-commerce and distribution markets. These assets are exceptionally well located and exemplify some of the highest quality e-commerce and food distribution product in Canada. They will be great additions to our portfolio."
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of industrial, warehouse and logistics properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns over 85 rental income properties representing approximately 35 million square feet of leasable area.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents about Granite are available through the internet on the Canadian Securities Administrators' Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which can be accessed at www.sec.gov. For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Andrea Sanelli, Manager, Legal & Investor Services, at 647-925-7504 or Ilias Konstantopoulos, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7540.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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SOURCE Granite Real Estate Investment Trust
For further information: please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Andrea Sanelli, Manager, Legal & Investor Services, at 647-925-7504 or Ilias Konstantopoulos, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7540.