FREDERICTON, NB, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Plaza Retail REIT (PLZ.UN: TSX) ("Plaza") announced today an update on its recent financing initiatives. Plaza expects to secure or refinance over $170 million in mortgage loans and convertible debentures (at Plaza's ownership percentage), generating approximately $1.4 million in annual cash flow savings or approximately $0.015 per unit.
This year Plaza has undertaken a significant refinancing program, including refinancing almost half of its assumed KEYreit loans. To date Plaza has: (i) secured approximately $98 million in mortgage loans, approximately $46 million of which have been via refinancing or early refinancing of existing debt; and (ii) redeemed its high coupon Series A convertible debentures. These are generating approximately $900 thousand in annual cash flow savings. Plaza is currently in the process of refinancing an additional $57 million in mortgage loans over the next 3 to 6 months, which are anticipated to result in further annual cash flow savings of approximately $500 thousand.
"This is a very significant year for Plaza from a financing perspective and we expect to achieve three important goals: (i) we will generate very meaningful annual cash flow savings of approximately $1.4 million per year; (ii) we will have smoothed out our mortgage maturity profile; and (iii) we are creating smaller, more manageable sized loans, all of which serve to reduce interest rate and financing related risk and create value for our unitholders." said Plaza's President and CEO Michael Zakuta.
Plaza is an open-ended real estate investment trust and is a leading retail property owner and developer, particularly in Eastern Canada. Plaza's current portfolio includes interests in 320 properties totaling approximately 6.7 million square feet across Canada and additional lands held for development. Plaza's properties include a mix of strip plazas, stand-alone small box retail outlets and enclosed shopping centres, anchored by approximately 90% national tenants.
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SOURCE: Plaza Retail REIT
For further information: For further information: visit our website at www.plaza.ca or contact: Michael Zakuta, President and Chief Executive Officer, at (514) 457-0997 or Floriana Cipollone, Chief Financial Officer, at (416) 848-4583.