HALIFAX, NS, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Summit Industrial Income REIT ("Summit II" or the "REIT") (TSXV: SMU.UN) announced today its operating and financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Effective October 3, 2012 the REIT changed its name from Proventure Income Fund ("Proventure").
- Acquired four light industrial properties during and subsequent to third quarter aggregating 507,997 square feet of gross leasable area for total costs of approximately $50.1 million
- Issued 74.9 million units in third quarter on a private placement basis for total net proceeds of $30.75 million
- Arranged a $32 million revolving credit facility
"We are very pleased with the progress made in starting to build the REIT's portfolio and establish its presence in the Canadian light industrial real estate business," commented Lou Maroun, Chairman. "Looking ahead, we will aggressively and accretively grow our property portfolio, capitalizing on the significant and proven expertise of our management team."
"We are executing a three-part strategy aimed at building substantial value for our unitholders," stated Paul Dykeman, CEO. "First, we will acquire properties at values at or below replacement cost that generate stable, consistent and increasing cash flows as we capture operating synergies and economies of scale through growth in our portfolio. Second, over time we will maximize all development and expansion opportunities on our existing properties to enhance returns. Third, we will prudently finance and undertake development projects with independent third parties to build properties designed to our exacting standards. Our team has proven successful in building value through this focused strategy in the past, and we are confident Summit II provides the vehicle for us to do it again."
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $0.863 million compared to $1.55 million in the prior year.
Revenue, operating expenses and net operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were lower than the prior year due to the sale of 14 non-core properties on January 5, 2012. The light industrial properties acquired on September 27, 2012 had minimal impact on the results for the period.
The reduction in Funds from Operations ("FFO") for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was due to the smaller size of the portfolio compared to the prior year.
Cash distributions were $13.346 million in 2012 compared to $383,000 in the prior year. On January 23, 2012 a special distribution was paid from the proceeds of the above-mentioned property sale. The REIT did not pay any further distributions during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012. Currently management's view is that the REIT intends to start distributions when the REIT has reached a minimum of $200 million in income producing properties or no later than sometime in 2013.
On September 27, 2012 the REIT closed a debt financing of $28.8 million secured by three properties. Subsequent to September 30, 2012 a fourth property was added to the facility, which increased the credit limit to $32 million. As of September 30, 2012 $17.0 million was drawn on the loan.
At September 30, 2012, the REIT's debt leverage ratio was 40.7%, down from 52.1% at December 31, 2011 due primarily to equity offerings completed during 2012. If the REIT increased its borrowing to the 65% maximum allowed under its Declaration of Trust, it would have the capacity to purchase approximately $43 million in new properties as at September 30, 2012.
About Summit II
Summit Industrial Income REIT is an open‐ended mutual fund trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial properties across Canada. Summit II's units are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and trade under the symbol SMU.UN.
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SOURCE: Summit Industrial Income REIT
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Paul Dykeman, CEO at (902) 448-8044