European Commercial REIT Delivers Continued Strong Performance in Second Quarter of 2018

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — European Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (“ECREIT” or the “REIT”) (TSX-V: ERE.UN) announced today strong growth for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

“Our property portfolio continues to perform well with near full occupancy and a solid increase in monthly rents implemented year to date 2018, supported by our proven operating platform,” commented Phillip Burns, Chief Executive Officer. “Looking ahead, we continue to investigate accretive acquisition opportunities in our target European markets, and we remain confident we will generate another strong year for ECREIT in 2018. Our focus remains on enhancing Unitholder value over the long term.”

During 2017, the REIT acquired a total of three high-quality office properties comprising six buildings in its key target markets, aggregating 398,447 square feet with a total fair market value of $136.1 million (€88.6 million). Since Q4 2017, the operating performance has reflected full contribution from the Portfolio. Occupancy remained strong at 99.9% as at June 30, 2018 with a long-dated 6.5 year weighted average lease term. During the first quarter of 2018, the REIT implemented a 2.3% increase in annual base rent due to contractual rent indexation which continues to contribute to revenue performance in Q2 2018.

PORTFOLIO CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL
For the three months ended June 30, 2018, ECREIT generated property revenues of $3.0 million, up significantly from $856,000 in the second quarter of 2017. The increase from the prior year is due primarily to the full quarter contribution from the Brussels property acquired in August 2017.  For the first six months of 2018 property revenues were $6.0 million compared to $1.1 million in the prior year.

Net Operating Income (“NOI”) was $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2018, a significant increase from $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 due primarily to portfolio growth over the prior twelve months. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, NOI was $4.7 million compared to $0.8 million in the prior year.

Funds from Operations (“FFO”) for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $1.7 million ($0.10 per Unit) compared to $359,568 ($0.05 per Unit) in the second quarter of 2017. Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) were $1.5 million ($0.09 per Unit) in the second quarter of 2018, up significantly from $312,755 ($0.05 per Unit) in the second quarter of 2017. The increases were primarily due to the REIT’s portfolio growth over the prior twelve months. For the six months ended June 30, 2018 FFO and AFFO were $3.4 million ($0.20 per Unit) and $3.0 million ($0.18 per Unit), respectively.

The REIT reported net income of $3,673,348 and $5,133,592 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively, compared to a net loss of $839,075 and $975,799 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, reflecting the strength of the REIT’s operating platform. During the period ended June 30, 2018, the REIT recognized a fair value gain on the value of its investment properties of $3,037,183, primarily due to the compression of capitalization rates and increases in market rents in the Brussels market.

The REIT’s second quarter 2018 results exceeded the audited forecast included in its Short-Form Prospectus dated July 18, 2017. More detail comparing actual results to the forecast can be found in the REIT’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

STRONG AND CONSERVATIVE FINANCIAL POSITION
As at June 30, 2018, ECREIT’s leverage (debt to gross book value) stood at 51.7%, an improvement from 53.6% at December 31, 2017. The weighted average all-in interest rate on total property debt was 1.82% with a weighted average debt term to maturity of 6.1 years, which broadly matches ECREIT’s weighted average lease term of 6.5 years and further highlights the stability and sustainability of the REIT’s cash distributions. As at June 30, 2018, the REIT had cash of $8.6 million.

“We continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and conservative financial position, well positioned for portfolio growth as accretive opportunities are identified,” stated Ian Dyke, Chief Financial Officer. “Going forward, we remain confident we will meet our objective of delivering stable and sustainable cash distributions and capital appreciation to our Unitholders over the long term, including exceeding our published forecasts.”

QUARTERLY DISTRIBUTION DECLARED
ECREIT’s Board of Trustees has announced today its regular quarterly cash distribution, in respect of the third quarter of 2018 of $0.0875 per Unit and Class B LP Unit, being equivalent to $0.35 per Unit annualized. The distribution will be payable to eligible, non-waiving holders of the Units and Class B LP Units (the “Unitholders”) of record on September 28, 2018, with payment on October 15, 2018. As previously disclosed, ECREIT‘s management and Board of Trustees have agreed to initially waive receipt of certain cash distributions subject to certain conditions.

Upon payment of ECREIT’s last distributions on July 16, 2018, 48,135 Units were issued pursuant to the REIT’s Distribution Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”), of which 21% of such Units were issued to ECREIT insiders.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018  Mar. 31, 2018  Dec. 31, 2017  Sept. 31, 2017  Jun. 30, 2017 Gross leasable area (m2) 37,015  37,015  37,015  37,015  21,315 Occupancy 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 99.8%Weighted average lease term (yrs) 6.5  6.8  7.0  7.2  7.4 Portfolio fair market value (€M) 88.6  86.6  86.6  84.6  43.1 Portfolio fair market value ($M) 136.1  137.5  130.4  124.7  63.8 Debt to fair market value 56.2% 57.8% 58.2% 59.9% 59.0%Debt to gross book value 51.7% 52.7% 53.6% 53.4% 48.7%Weighted average interest rate 1.82% 1.82% 1.82% 1.82% 1.78%Revenues ($,000) 3,008  2,981  2,874  2,515  856 NOI ($,000) 2,265  2,442  2,275  1,625  634 FFO ($,000) 1,683  1,713  1,603  998  360 FFO per Unit$0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.07 $0.05 AFFO ($,000) 1,463  1,496  1,394  860  313 AFFO per Unit$0.09 $0.09 $0.08 $0.06 $0.05 Total Units outstanding (,000) 16,778  16,589  16,694  16,670  8,892 Weighted average Units outstanding (,000) 16,771  16,725  16,691  15,233  6,733                 

ECREIT’s Management Discussion and Analysis and Audited Financial Statements can be found at or .

About European Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust
ECREIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust focused on aggregating a bespoke portfolio of high-quality, non-prime core commercial real estate assets in key European markets with strong fundamentals.  ECREIT’s strategy is designed primarily to deliver long-term, secure income with additional potential for capital appreciation. ECREIT intends to grow by acquiring additional assets consistent with its strategy and which are expected to be accretive, on a per Unit basis, to its earnings. ECREIT’s Units are listed on the TSXV under the symbol ERE.UN. For more information please visit our web site at .

For more information please :     Phillip Burns
Chief Executive Officer
European Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust

   

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