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TORONTO, Sept. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (the “REIT”) (TSX:WIR.U) (OTCQX:WPTIF) announced today that it has waived diligence conditions and plans to acquire an approximately 936,000 square foot distribution property located in the Lehigh Valley submarket from a third-party seller for approximately US$74.3 million (exclusive of closing and transaction costs).  The property is currently 100% leased to two tenants.  

Subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the REIT expects the acquisition to close during the third quarter of 2017 and the purchase price to be satisfied with cash on hand and funds drawn from the REIT’s revolving credit facility. The REIT intends to release additional property details following closing of the transaction.   

"Our latest acquisition, which we expect to be immediately accretive to the REIT’s AFFO per unit, marks the REIT’s entry into one of the fastest growing inland logistics markets in the United States.  This transaction demonstrates the REIT’s continued ability to source high-quality, accretive acquisitions while also expanding into new target markets," commented Scott Frederiksen, Chief Executive Officer.

About WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT was formed for the purpose of acquiring and owning primarily industrial investment properties located in the United States, with a particular focus on warehouse and distribution industrial real estate. WPT Industrial, LP (the REIT’s operating subsidiary) indirectly owns a portfolio of properties consisting of approximately 16.4 million square feet of gross leasable area, comprised of 49 industrial properties and one office property located in 13 states in the United States. The REIT pays monthly cash distributions, currently at $0.0633 per Unit, or approximately $0.76 per Unit on an annualized basis, in US funds.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian securities law ("forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements") which reflect management's expectations regarding objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities of the REIT. The words "plans", "expects", "does not expect", "scheduled", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", "projects", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements to the effect that certain actions, events or results "may", "will", "could", "would", "might", "occur", "be achieved" or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Some of the specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: expectations regarding closing of the acquisition, accretion to the REIT's AFFO per unit and percentage occupancy. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the REIT as of the date of this press release, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The REIT's estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, include the various assumptions set forth herein, including, but not limited to, the REIT's and each property's future growth potential, results of operations, future prospects and opportunities, the demographic and industry trends remaining unchanged, no change in legislative or regulatory matters, future levels of indebtedness, the tax laws as currently in effect remaining unchanged, the continual availability of capital, the current economic conditions remaining unchanged, and continued positive net absorption and declining vacancy rates in the markets in which the REIT's properties are located.

When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, the REIT cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not the times at or by which such performance or results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in the REIT's annual information form for the period ended December 31, 2016, which is available under the REIT's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and, except as expressly required by applicable law, the REIT assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-IFRS Measures
Funds from operations (“FFO”), adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and as adopted by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in Part I of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Handbook — Accounting, as amended from time to time (“IFRS”) and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Management believes that these terms are supplemental measures of a Canadian real estate investment trust’s performance and the REIT believes they are relevant measures of the ability of the REIT to earn and distribute cash returns to investors in the REIT’s trust units and to evaluate the REIT’s performance. The IFRS measurement most directly comparable to FFO, AFFO and NOI is net income.

FFO” is defined as net income in accordance with IFRS, (i) plus or minus fair value adjustments on investment properties; (ii) plus or minus gains or losses from sales of investment properties; (iii) plus or minus other fair value adjustments; (iv) plus amortization of tenant incentives; (v) plus transaction costs expensed as a result of the purchase of a property being accounted for as a business combination; (vi) plus distributions on redeemable or exchangeable units treated as interest expense; (vii) plus or minus any negative goodwill or goodwill impairment; (viii) plus deferred income tax expense, after adjustments for equity accounted entities and joint ventures calculated to reflect FFO on the same basis as consolidated properties; and (ix) adjustments for property taxes accounted for under International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (“IFRIC”) 21. FFO has been prepared consistently with the definition presented in the White Paper on funds from operations prepared by the Real Property Association of Canada for all periods presented.

AFFO” is defined as FFO subject to certain adjustments, including: (i) any differences resulting from recognizing investment property rental revenues or expenses on a straight-line basis; and (ii) minus a reserve for normalized maintenance capital expenditures, tenant inducements and leasing commissions, as determined by the REIT. Other adjustments may be made to AFFO as determined by the trustees of the REIT in their sole discretion. FFO and AFFO should not be construed as alternatives to net income and comprehensive income determined in accordance with IFRS as indicators of the REIT’s performance. The REIT’s method of calculating FFO and AFFO may differ from other issuers’ methods and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact:
Scott Frederiksen, Chief Executive Officer 
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
Tel: (612) 800-8501
Fax: (612) 800-8535

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