H&R Announces At-The-Market Equity Financing Program


    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - H&R Real Estate Investment Trust ("H&R REIT") and
H&R Finance Trust ("H&R Finance" and, together with H&R REIT, "H&R") (TSX:
HR.UN; HR.DB) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an Equity
Distribution Agreement dated June 5, 2009 with Canaccord Capital Corporation
who will act as agent for the issuance and sale, from time to time at the
discretion of H&R over an approximate two year period, of up to 16.7 million
Stapled Units by way of "at-the-market distributions" over the Toronto Stock
Exchange ("TSX"). The timing of any sale over such approximate two year
period, and the number of Stapled Units actually sold during such period, are
at the discretion of H&R. Sales of Stapled Units, if any, pursuant to the
agreement will be made in transactions that are deemed to be "at-the-market
distributions", including sales made directly on the TSX. The Stapled Units
will be distributed at market prices prevailing at the time of sale of such
Stapled Units (if any) and, as a result, prices may vary between purchasers
and during the period of distribution. H&R REIT intends to use its portion of
the net proceeds of any given distribution of Stapled Units to fund
development projects, repay indebtedness and/or for general trust purposes.
H&R Finance will use its portion of the net proceeds of any given distribution
of Stapled Units for the limited purposes set out in its declaration of trust.
    The distribution of the Stapled Units pursuant to the agreement has been
qualified by the filing of a Prospectus Supplement dated June 5, 2009 to H&R's
Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus dated May 11, 2009 with the securities
regulatory authorities in Canada. The Short Form Shelf Prospectus and
Prospectus Supplement are available electronically at www.sedar.com or on
request without charge from the Executive Co-ordinator of H&R REIT at Suite
500, 3625 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1N4, (t) 416-635-7520 ext.

    This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy Stapled Units, nor shall there be any sale of
the Stapled Units in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or
sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the
securities laws of such jurisdiction.

    About H&R REIT and H&R Finance Trust

    H&R REIT is an open-ended real estate investment trust, which owns a
North American portfolio of 35 office, 123 industrial and 120 retail
properties comprising 41 million square feet, with a net book value of $4.6
billion. H&R Finance is an unincorporated investment trust, which primarily
invests in notes issued by an H&R REIT subsidiary. The units of H&R REIT trade
together with the units of H&R Finance as stapled units on the Toronto Stock
Exchange. The foundation of H&R REIT's success since inception in 1996 has
been a disciplined strategy that leads to consistent and profitable growth.
Additional information regarding H&R REIT and H&R Finance is available at
www.hr-reit.com and on www.sedar.com.

    Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking
information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (also known as
forward-looking statements) including, among others, statements relating to
H&R REIT's and H&R Finance's objectives, strategies to achieve those
objectives, REIT's and H&R Finance's beliefs, plans, estimates, and
intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events,
results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical
facts including, in particular, H&R REIT's expectation regarding future
developments in connection with The Bow. Forward-looking statements generally
can be identified by words such as "outlook", "objective", "may", "will",
"expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "plans",
"project", "budget" or "continue" or similar expressions suggesting future
outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect H&R REIT's and H&R
Finance's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to
management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are
based on H&R REIT's and H&R Finance's estimates and assumptions that are
subject to risk and uncertainties, including those discussed in H&R REIT's and
H&R Finance's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory
authorities from time to time, which could cause the actual results and
performance of H&R REIT and H&R Finance to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Those risks and
uncertainties include, among other things: Unit prices; availability of cash
for distributions; development and financing relating to The Bow development;
liquidity; credit and tenant concentration; interest rates and financing; tax;
ability to access capital markets; dilution; lease rollover; construction;
real property; debentures; mezzanine financing credit; currency risk;
environmental matters; redemption right; unitholder liability; and treatment
of H&R Finance, the Stapled Units and notes held by H&R Finance for U.S.
federal income tax purposes. Material factors or assumptions that were applied
in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking
statements include that the general economy is stable; local real estate
conditions are stable; interest rates are relatively stable; and equity and
debt markets continue to provide access to capital. H&R REIT and H&R Finance
caution that this list of factors is not exhaustive. Although the
forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what
H&R REIT and H&R Finance believe are reasonable assumptions, there can be no
assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking
statements. All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified
by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made as
of today, and H&R REIT and H&R Finance, except as required by applicable law,
assume no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new information or
the occurrence of future events or circumstances.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Froom, Chief Financial Officer, H&R REIT,
(416) 635-7520, or e-mail info@hr-reit.com

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