CT REIT Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2023 Results

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Completes new net zero distribution centre development in Calgary, Alberta

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2024 /CNW/ – CT Real Estate Investment Trust (“CT REIT” or “the REIT”) (TSX:CRT) today reported its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2023.

“2023 was a successful year for CT REIT and I am pleased with our results and the team’s accomplishments. We invested over $150 million, added approximately 840,000 square feet to the portfolio, including our new 350,000 square foot net zero distribution centre in Calgary, Alberta, which was completed in Q4, and extended 28 Canadian Tire store leases. We also concluded the year, our tenth since our initial public offering, with the issuance of $250 million in unsecured debentures,” said Kevin Salsberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of CT REIT. “Our achievements last year contributed to both solid earnings and distribution growth, as well as our ability to maintain a strong balance sheet and conservative debt metrics. I am excited about our prospects for 2024 as the strategic investments that we have made continue to drive growth for CT REIT.”

New Investment Activity
CT REIT announced one new investment, which will require an estimated $9.1 million to complete. This investment is expected to earn a weighted average cap rate of 9.00%.

The table below summarizes the new investment and its anticipated completion date:

Property

Type

GLA (sf.)

Timing

Activity

Winkler, MB

Redevelopment 

141,000

Q4 2025   

Redevelopment of an existing enclosed mall

Update on Previously Announced Investment and Development Activities
CT REIT invested $96 million in previously disclosed projects that were completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, adding 455,000 square feet of incremental GLA to the portfolio as detailed in the table below:

Property

Type

GLA (sf.)

Timing

Activity

Calgary, AB 
(Dufferin Distribution
Centre)

Development

352,000

Q4 2023

Development of a net zero distribution centre for Canadian Tire

Invermere, BC

Intensification

33,000

Q4 2023

Expansion of an existing Canadian Tire store

Sydney, NS

Intensification

40,000

Q4 2023

Expansion of an existing Canadian Tire store

Bedford, NS

Store Expansion

Q4 2023

Expansion of an existing Canadian Tire store into an existing space

Hamilton, ON

Intensification

3,000

Q4 2023

Development of a third-party pad at an existing property

Napanee, ON

Intensification

27,000

Q4 2023

Expansion of an existing Canadian Tire store

Kingston, ON

Ground Lease

Q4 2023

Entered into a ground lease with a third party to facilitate the future
development of a new Canadian Tire store

Update on Full-Year 2023 Investment and Development Activity
In 2023, CT REIT invested approximately $151 million in completed projects and ongoing developments and grew the portfolio by approximately 839,000 square feet of GLA. As of December 31, 2023, CT REIT had 571,000 square feet of GLA under development, of which approximately 98.8% is subject to committed lease agreements. These developments represent an investment of approximately $258 million upon completion, of which $86 million has been spent to date.

Financial and Operational Summary

Summary of Selected Information

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except unit, per unit and square
footage amounts)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2023

2022

Change

2023

2022

Change

Property revenue

$      139,968

$      135,175

3.5 %

$       552,772

$      532,795

3.7 %

Net operating income 1

$      111,512

$      106,763

4.4 %

$       438,956

$      419,818

4.6 %

Net income

$        38,239

$        74,749

(48.8) %

$      229,434

$      324,613

(29.3) %

Net income per unit – basic 2

$          0.162

$          0.319

(49.2) %

$          0.976

$          1.387

(29.6) %

Net income per unit – diluted 3

$          0.161

$          0.276

(41.7) %

$          0.870

$          1.185

(26.6) %

Funds from operations 1

$        77,704

$        75,570

2.8 %

$      307,914

$      296,204

4.0 %

Funds from operations per unit – diluted 2,4,5

$          0.330

$          0.322

2.5 %

$          1.308

$          1.264

3.5 %

Adjusted funds from operations 1

$        71,474

$        68,515

4.3 %

$      283,389

$      268,783

5.4 %

Adjusted funds from operations per unit – diluted 2,4,5

$          0.303

$          0.292

3.8 %

$          1.203

$          1.147

4.9 %

Distributions per unit – paid 2

$          0.225

$          0.217

3.5 %

$          0.883

$          0.854

3.5 %

AFFO payout ratio 4

74.3 %

74.3 %

— %

73.4 %

74.5 %

(1.1) %

Cash generated from operating activities

$      118,316

$      123,937

(4.5) %

$      425,055

$      399,273

6.5 %

Weighted average number of units outstanding 2

Basic

235,378,921

234,537,637

0.4 %

235,159,596

234,017,377

0.5 %

Diluted 3

337,577,223

328,542,758

2.7 %

337,339,769

328,011,845

2.8 %

Diluted (non-GAAP) 5

235,723,101

234,836,723

0.4 %

235,485,646

234,305,809

0.5 %

Indebtedness ratio

41.4 %

40.7 %

0.7 %

Gross leasable area (square feet) 6

30,833,056

30,078,518

2.5 %

Occupancy rate 6,7

99.1 %

99.3 %

(0.2) %

1 This is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Specified Financial Measures” below for more information.

2 Total units means Units and Class B LP Units outstanding.

3 Diluted units determined in accordance with IFRS includes restricted and deferred units issued under various plans and the effect of assuming that all of the Class C LP Units will be settled with Class B LP Units. Refer to section 7.0 of the MD&A.

4 This is a non-GAAP ratio. See “Specified Financial Measures” below for more information.

5 Diluted units used in calculating non-GAAP measures include restricted and deferred units issued under various plans and exclude the effect of assuming that all of the Class C LP Units will be settled with Class B LP Units. Refer to section 7.0 of the MD&A.

6 Refers to retail, mixed-use commercial and industrial properties and excludes Properties Under Development.

7 Occupancy and other leasing key performance measures have been prepared on a committed basis which includes the impact of existing lease agreements contracted on or before December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022.

Financial Highlights

Net Income – Net income was $38.2 million for the quarter, a decrease of $36.5 million or 48.8%, compared to …

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