TORONTO, June 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Summit Industrial Income REIT ("Summit" or the "REIT") (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that it is acquiring a 50% interest in a 56,208 square foot light industrial property in the Greater Montreal Region. The property, built in 2000, includes a highly marketable 31 foot clear ceiling height, and was acquired in a non-marketed sale-leaseback transaction. The purchase price for Summit's 50% interest was approximately $3.4 million, generating a capitalization rate of approximately 7.4%. The property is 100% leased to a single tenant with a remaining lease term of 14.8 years with contractual rent escalations equaling a 2.3% annual increase. The purchase price was satisfied by a new 10-year $2.5 million mortgage incurring a 3.38% interest rate, with the balance in cash from the REIT's recently-completed bought-deal equity offering.
Summit purchased the property with its Montreal partner, The Montoni Groupe, one of Montreal's leading property developers. This acquisition will bring the total number of properties in the REIT's Greater Montreal Region portfolio to 16 properties aggregating 816,142 square feet, or 16.7% of the REIT's total portfolio.
"We are pleased to be expanding our presence in Canada's second largest industrial property market," commented Paul Dykeman, Chief Executive Officer. "Fundamentals remain very positive in Montreal with increasing demand, improving vacancies, and growing monthly rents driven primarily by high US demand resulting from the low Canadian dollar, large scale infrastructure projects in the region, and increased capital investment."
Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unincorporated open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial properties across Canada. Summit's units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our web site at www.summitIIreit.com.
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SOURCE Summit Industrial Income REIT
For further information: Paul Dykeman, CEO at (902) 405-8813, [email protected]