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BTB – A portfolio repositionned for the future

BTB – A portfolio repositionned for the future

Montréal, Québec (August 13, 2019): BTB Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: BTB.UN) (“BTB” or the “Trust”) releases today its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, and presents the following highlights:


  • Increase of 3% of the committed occupancy rate, from 90.1% as at June 30, 2018 to 93.1% at the end of the second quarter of 2019. Close to 58,000 square feet of new leases were signed during the quarter (more than 125,000 square feet concluded since the beginning of the year).
  • Significant increase in same-property portfolio results:
  • Rental income: 4.6%
  • Net operating income: 4.8%
  • Net property income: 7.4%
  • Increase of 7.0% in average lease renewal rate during the quarter and of 6.5% since the beginning of the year. 230,000 square feet were renewed during the quarter (330,000 square feet since the beginning of the year).
  • Decrease of the mortgage debt ratio from 56.0% in 2018 to 54.9% at the end of the second quarter of 2019.
  • Increase of 7.4% in rental income and 8.7% in net operating income.

Property acquisitions

  • On May 10, 2019, the Trust acquired a 65,000-square-foot industrial building in St-Laurent, Québec for $11.9 million.
  • On June 21, 2019, the Trust purchased two properties, Méga Centre Saint-Bruno and Développements Mont Saint-Hilaire, respectively located in Saint-Bruno, Québec and Saint-Hilaire, Québec, for $62.6 million.

Sale of properties

  • On May 7, 2019, the Trust disposed of the property located on Antonio-Barbeau Street in Montréal, Québec for $7.1 million.

Financing activities

  • On June 14, 2019, the Trust completed an issuance of 6,157,100 units, including the overallotment option, at a price of $4.67 per unit, for approximately $27 million in proceeds net of issue costs.

Summary of significant items as at June 30, 2019

  • 67 properties
  • Approximately 5.7 million leasable square feet
  • $909 million total asset value
  • $292 million market capitalization

Message from Michel Léonard, President and Chief Executive Officer

“Approximately 18 months ago, we began the process of repositioning our portfolio. The hard work paid off. We have almost completed our repositioning and, together with the increase of our occupancy rate, our performance indicators are showing the positive effect of our strategy. Indeed, after having sold 11 buildings and acquiring 6 better quality properties, BTB’s recent acquisitions are now contributing to the bottom line. Our occupancy rate currently stands at 93.1%. Our same-property NOI increased by 7.4% and we concluded lease renewals at an average increase of revenues of 7%. Although we sold properties at capitalization rates higher than the properties purchased, the recently acquired properties are impacting positively our results. We are aware that during the repositioning, our performance suffered. However, as reflected in our second quarter financial results, we are beginning to see the effects of our strategy and these positive indicators will lead to a better financial performance of the Trust. Also, while implementing our portfolio repositioning, we reduced our mortgage debt ratio to 54.9%, which was at 57.7% for the same period in 2017. We have always been confident that our portfolio repositioning was the right long-term strategy for BTB.”

Periods ended June 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for ratios and per unit data)
Quarter Cumulative (6 months)
2019 2018 ?% 2019 2018 ?%
$ $ $ $
Financial information  
Rental income 22,347 20,803 7.4 44,071 42,243 4.3
Net operating income(1) 12,196 11,225 8.7 23,247 22,683 2.5
Net income and comprehensive income 3,316 4,593 -27.8 4,697 11,148 -57.9
Net property income from the same-property portfolio(1) 6,346 5,909 7.4 12,184 12,092 0.8
Distributable income(1) 5,550 5,522 0.5 20,113 16,571 21.4
Distributions 6,113 5,353 14.2 10,818 11,207 -3.5
Funds from operations (FFO)(1) 5,446 5,279 3.2 11,994 11,015 8.9
Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO)(1) 4,884 4,937 -1.1 9,507 10,158 -0.64
Total assets   908,782 778,114 16.8
Total mortgage ratio   54.9 % 56.0 % 2.0
Weighted average interest rate on mortgage debt   3.93 % 3.82 % 2.9
Market capitalization   291,937 257,462 13.4
Financial information per unit    
Net income and comprehensive income 5.8¢ 9.3¢ -37,6 8.3¢ 22.7¢ -63.4
Distributable income(1) 9.7¢ 11.1¢ -12,6 19.1¢ 22.8¢ -16.2
Distributions 10.5¢ 10.5¢ 21.0¢ 21.0¢
Payout ratio on distributable income(1) 108.2% 94.5% 14,5 109.9% 92.0% 17.9
Recurring FFO(1) 9.5¢ 10.6¢ -10,4 17.9¢ 22.4¢ -20.1
Recurring AFFO(1) 8.5¢ 9.9¢ -14,1 16.8¢ 20.7¢ 18.8

(1) Non-IFRS financial measures


Net operating income, net operating income of the same-property portfolio, distributable income, recurring funds from operations, recurring adjusted funds from operations are not measures recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Such measures may differ from similar computations as reported by similar entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar measures reported by such other entities.

The following table shows the reconciliation of distributable income and adjusted funds from operations (non-IFRS measure) with cash flows from operating activities presented in the financial statements.

Periods ended June 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Quarter Cumulative (6 months)
2019 2018 2019 2018
$ $ $ $
Cash flows from operating activities (IFRS) 11,897 7,804 20,113 16,571
+ Transaction costs on disposal and acquisition of properties 521 62 917 62
±  Net change in non-cash operating items (1,118) 2,977 1,199 5,110
–   Net interest expense (5,750) (5,321) (11,411) (10,536)
Distributable income 5,550 5,522 10,818 11,207
+ Leasing payroll expenses 128 156 252 316
+ Gain on write-off of debt 133
–   Provision for maintenance expenditures (449) (416) (873) (848)
–   Provision for rental fees (345) (325) (690) (650)
Recurring adjusted funds from operations 4,884 4,937 9,507 10,158

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (ET) management will hold a conference call to present BTB’s financial results and performance for the second quarter 2019 ended on June 30, 2019:

DATE:                     Wednesday, August 14, 2019

TIME:                      10:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

DIAL:                      1-416-764-8609 (from Toronto and overseas) access code 09826423# 1?888?390-0605 (from North America toll free), access code 09826423#.  To ensure your participation,                                       please dial in fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call.


REPLAY:                 From Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on August 21, 2019, dial 1?416?764?8677 conference ID number 826423#, or dial toll free 1?888?390-0541                                                    conference ID number 826423#.

The media and all interested parties may attend the call in listening mode only.

Conference call operators will coordinate the question and answer period, and will instruct participants regarding the procedures for the call.

About BTB

BTB is a real estate investment trust listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. BTB is an important owner of properties in eastern Canada. As at August 13, 2019, BTB owns 67 retail, office and industrial properties for a total leasable area of approximately 5.7 million square feet and an approximate market value of $900M. The objectives of BTB are: (i) to grow its revenues from its assets to increase distributable income and therefore fund distributions; (ii) to maximize the value of its assets through dynamic management of its properties in order to sustain the long-term value of its units; and (iii) to generate cash distributions that are fiscally beneficial to unitholders.

BTB offers a distribution reinvestment plan to unitholders whereby the participants may elect to have their monthly cash distribution reinvested in additional units of BTB at a price based on the weighted average price for BTB’s units on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the five trading days immediately preceding the distribution date, discounted by 3%.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to BTB. These statements generally can be identified by use of forward-looking words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intends”, “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations. The actual results and performance of BTB could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. Some important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, changes in government regulation and the factors described from time to time in the documents filed by BTB with the securities regulators in Canada. The cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to BTB and persons acting on their behalf. Unless otherwise stated or required by applicable law, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

For more information, visit BTB’s website at


Mr. Michel Léonard
President and Chief Executive Officer
514-286-0188, ext. 228
Mr. Benoit Cyr
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
514-286-0188, ext. 230