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InterRent REIT Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2018

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OTTAWA, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:IIP.UN) (“InterRent” or the “REIT”) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Highlights

  • Gross rental revenue for the quarter increased by $4.0 million, or 15.9%, over Q1 2017.    

  • Average monthly rent per suite for the entire portfolio increased to $1,117 (March 2018) from $1,061 (March 2017), an increase of 5.3%.  The same property portfolio increased to $1,112 (March 2018) from $1,052 (March 2017), an increase of 5.6%.

  • Occupancy for the overall portfolio was 96.7%, an increase of 150 basis points (March 2018 compared to March 2017).  Occupancy for the same property portfolio was 97.2%, an increase of 170 basis points (March 2018 compared to March 2017).

  • Net Operating Income (NOI) for the quarter was $18.4 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 28.3%, over Q1 2017.  NOI margin for the quarter was 60.8%, up 390 basis points over Q1 2017.

  • Same property NOI for the quarter was $16.0 million, an increase of $2.2 million, or 16.4%, over Q1 2017.   Same property NOI margin for the quarter was 61.6%, up 400 basis points over Q1 2017. 

  • Fair value gain on investment properties in the quarter of $28.2 million was driven by property level operating improvements as well as a reduction in the overall weighted average capitalization rate to 4.50% from 4.55% at Q4 2017.

  • Net income/(loss) for the quarter was $(11.9) million, compared to $8.3 million for Q1 2017.  The decrease of $20.2 million was driven primarily by the property management internalization cost. Removing this non-recurring event, net income would have been $32.1 million

  • Funds from Operations (FFO) increased by $2.5 million, or 36.7%, for the quarter.  Fully diluted FFO per unit increased by 15.4%, from $0.091 per unit to $0.105 per unit.

  • Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) increased by $2.3 million, or 39.4%, for the quarter.  Fully diluted AFFO per unit increased by 17.9% from $0.078 per unit to $0.092 per unit.

  • Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (ACFO) increased by $3.7 million, or 61.6%, to $9.6 million for the quarter.  ACFO payout ratio decreased to 63.2% from 77.8% in Q1 2017.

  • Debt to GBV at quarter end was 44.9%, a decrease of 260 basis points from December 2017.

  • Purchased 298 suites, including 0.70 acres of land for possible future development, in our key growth markets of Montreal, Hamilton and Ottawa for a total purchase price of $75.8 million.

  • Completed a public offering of 10,005,000 trust units from treasury, at a price of $9.78 per Unit for gross proceeds of $97.8 million.

  • Completed the internalization of the property management function on February 15, 2018.

Financial Highlights

Selected Consolidated Information
In $000’s, except per Unit amounts
and other non-financial data
3 Months Ended
March 31, 2018
3 Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Change
Total suites 8,959
  8,283 +8.2%
Average rent per suite (March)$1,117 $
1,061
 +5.3%
Occupancy rate (March) 96.7% 95.2%+150bps 
Operating revenues$30,161 $25,133 +20.0%
Net operating income (NOI)$18,350 $14,306 +28.3%
NOI % 60.8% 56.9%+390bps 
Same property average rent per suite (March)$1,112 $1,052 +5.7%
Same property occupancy rate (March) 97.2% 95.5%+170bps 
Same property NOI$15,952 $13,704 +16.4%
Same property NOI % 61.6% 57.6%+400bps 
Net Income/(loss)$(11,938)$8,292 n/a 
Funds from Operations (FFO)$9,273 $6,782 +36.7%
FFO per weighted average unit - diluted$0.105 $0.091 +15.4%
Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)$8,098 $5,811 +39.4%
AFFO per weighted average unit - diluted$0.092 $0.078 +17.9%
Distributions per unit$0.0675 $0.0608 +11.0%
Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (ACFO)$9,603 $5,932 +61.6%
ACFO payout ratio 63.2% 77.8%-1,460 bps 
Debt to GBV 44.4% 50.7%-630bps 
Interest coverage (rolling 12 months)2.80x 2.53x +0.27x 
Debt service coverage (rolling 12 months)1.81x
 1.58x +0.23x 

Gross rental revenue for the quarter was $29.5 million, an increase of $4.0 million, or 15.9%, compared to Q1 2017. Operating revenue for the quarter was up $5.0 million to $30.2 million, or 20.0% compared to Q1 2017.  The average monthly rent across the portfolio for March 2018 increased to $1,117 per suite from $1,061 (March 2017), an increase of 5.3%.  The March 2018 vacancy rate across the entire portfolio was 3.3%, a decrease from 4.8% recorded in March 2017.  “Continued strong demand in our key growth markets has allowed us to continue driving rents, resulting in significant improvements to operating performance and FFO/AFFO per Unit. Strong demand also continued for multifamily assets which has resulted in further cap rate compression in core markets across Ontario and Quebec,” said Mike McGahan, CEO.

On a same property portfolio basis (same properties are income properties owned by the REIT throughout the comparative periods), the average monthly rent per suite increased from $1,052 (March 2017) to $1,112 (March 2018), an increase of 5.7%. Management expects to continue to grow revenues organically through moving to market rent on suite turnovers, guideline increases, continued roll-out of AGIs, as well as continuing to drive other ancillary revenue streams.

NOI for the quarter was $18.4 million, or 60.8% of operating revenue, compared to $14.3 million, or 56.9% of operating revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2017.  NOI from the same property portfolio increased to $16.0 million for Q1 2018, an increase of $2.2 million, or 16.4%, over Q1 2017.  Same property NOI margin for the quarter was 61.6%.

Net income/(loss) for the quarter was $(11.9) million, compared to $8.3 million for Q1 2017.  The decrease of $20.2 million was driven primarily by the property management internalization cost of $44.0 million. Removing this non-recurring event, net income would have been $32.1 million.

About InterRent

InterRent REIT is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust engaged in increasing Unitholder value and creating a growing and sustainable distribution through the acquisition and ownership of multi-residential properties.  

InterRent's primary objective is to use the proven industry experience of the Trustees, Management and Operational Team to: (i) provide Unitholders with stable and growing cash distributions from investments in a diversified portfolio of multi-residential properties; (ii) enhance the value of the assets and maximize long-term Unit value through the active management of such assets; and (iii) expand the asset base and increase Distributable Income through accretive acquisitions. 

*Non-GAAP Measures

InterRent prepares and releases unaudited quarterly and audited consolidated annual financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS (GAAP). In this and other earnings releases, as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP, InterRent also discloses and discusses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Gross Rental Revenue, NOI, Same Property results, FFO, AFFO, ACFO and EBITDA. These non-GAAP measures are further defined and discussed in the MD&A dated May 14, 2018, which should be read in conjunction with this press release. Since Gross Rental Revenue, NOI, Same Property results, FFO, AFFO, ACFO and EBITDA are not determined by GAAP, they may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other issuers. InterRent has presented such non-GAAP measures as Management believes these measures are relevant measures of the ability of InterRent to earn and distribute cash returns to Unitholders and to evaluate InterRent's performance.  These non-GAAP measures should not be construed as alternatives to net income (loss) or cash flow from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of InterRent's performance.

Cautionary Statements

The comments and highlights herein should be read in conjunction with the most recently filed annual information form as well as our consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the same period.  InterRent’s publicly filed information is located at www.sedar.com

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning applicable to Canadian securities legislation.  Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “anticipated”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. InterRent is subject to significant risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward looking statements contained in this release. A full description of these risk factors can be found in InterRent’s most recently publicly filed information located at www.sedar.com.  InterRent cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward looking statements and InterRent assumes no obligation to update or revise the forward looking statements contained in this release to reflect actual events or new circumstances.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.  

For further information about InterRent please contact:

Mike McGahanBrad Cutsey, CFACurt Millar, CPA, CA
Chief Executive OfficerPresidentChief Financial Officer
Tel: (613) 569-5699 Ext 244Tel: (613) 569-5699 Ext 226Tel: (613) 569-5699 Ext 233
Fax: (613) 569-5698Fax: (613) 569-5698Fax: (613) 569-5698
e-mail: [email protected]e-mail: [email protected]e-mail: [email protected]

web site: www.interrentreit.com

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