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BTB – Solid quarter and positive momentum

BTB – Solid quarter and positive momentum

Montréal, Québec (November 12, 2019): BTB Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: BTB.UN) (“BTB” or the “Trust”) releases today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, and presents the following highlights:

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Compared to September 30, 2018

  • Improvement in the occupancy rate to 93.6%, an increase of 3.9%, a 10 year high;
  • Increase of the SP-NOI(1) by 10.1% (from $9.6 million to $10.6 million);
  • 7% increase in adjusted net income (from $4.7 million to $5.8 million);
  • Increase of 13.0% in recurring distributable(1) income (from $6.0 million to $6.8 million), 11.7% in recurring FFO(1) (from $6.0 million to $6.8 million) and 13.3% in recurring AFFO(1) (from $5.4 million to $6.1 million).

Since June 30, 2019

  • Improvement of payout ratio on recurring distributable(1) income, from 110.5% to 96.8%, and recurring FFO(1) payout ratio, from 123,2% to 97.2

(1) Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

Since January 1st, 2019

  • Increase in the average rate of renewed leases of 6.4% (2.4 % in 2018);
  • Tenant retention rate of 75.3% (49.6% in 2018).

Sale of properties

  • On August 14, 2019, the Trust sold a property located at 3885 Harvey Boulevard in Saguenay, in the province of Québec, for total proceeds of $4.4 million.

Subsequent transaction

  • Closing of the issuance of Series G convertible debentures for total proceeds of $24 million at an interest rate of 6.00%. The net proceeds were mainly used to redeem the Series E convertible debentures in the amount of $23 million, bearing the interest rate of 6.90%, taking effect on November 1, 2019.

Summary of other significant items as at September 30, 2019

The Trust owns 66 properties containing approximately 5.7 million square feet.  The total asset value of the Trust is $905 million and its market capitalization is $295 million.

Message from Michel Léonard, President and Chief Executive Officer

“We are proud of our strong third quarter performance. For the first time in the last three quarters, our FFO ratio is back under 100%. Our financial results are showing positive momentum as a result of our portfolio repositioning that is fruitful. It is important to note that our tenant retention rate for the year to date is 75% (it was 50% in 2018) and our strong leasing activities have caused our occupancy rate to increase from 89.7% in 2018 to 93.6%;  an all-time high for the last 10 years!  Equally important is our SP-NOI that saw a 10% increase; another financial indicator that reflects our good results. Lastly, our net adjusted income increased by 24%. These strong results will contribute to the organic growth of BTB for the coming quarters.”

Periods ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for ratios and per unit data)
Quarter Cumulative (9 months)
2019 2018 ?% 2019 2018 ?%
$ $ $ $
Financial information  
Rental income 23,973 23,098 3.8 68,044 65,341 4.1
Net operating income(1) 13,476 13,330 1.1 36,723 36,013 2.0
Net income and comprehensive income 5,632 5,793 -2.8 10,329 16,941 -39.0
Net adjusted income 5,813 4,700 23,7 14,073 15,105 -6.8
Net property income from the same-property portfolio(1) 6,928 5,946 16.5 18,981 17,963 5.7
Recurring distributable income(1) 6,780 6,001 13.0 17,597 17,208 2.3
Distributions 6,563 5,843 12.3 18,557 16,295 13.9
Recurring funds from operations (FFO)(1) 6,747 6,043 11.7 16,869 17,058 -1.1
Recurring adjusted funds from operations (AFFO)(1) 6,087 5,373 13.3 15,582 15,537 0.3
Total assets   905,376 833,916 8.6
Total debt ratio   61,4% 63.8% -3.8
Weighted average interest rate on mortgage debt   3,92% 3.89% 0.8
Market capitalization   294,671 265,329 11.1
Financial information per unit    
Net income and comprehensive income 9.0¢ 10.4¢ -13.5 17.6¢ 33.0¢ -46.7
Net adjusted income 9.3¢ 8.5¢ 9.4 24.0¢ 28.8¢ -16.7
Recurring distributable income(1) 10.9¢ 10.8¢ 0.9 30.0¢ 32.8¢ -8.5
Distributions 10.5¢ 10.5¢ 31,5¢ 31.5¢
Recurring payout ratio on distributable income(1) 107,8% 108,7% -0.9 118,5% 106,4% 11.3
Recurring FFO(1) 10,8 10.9¢ -0.9 28,8¢ 32.5¢ -11.4
Recurring AFFO(1) 9,7¢ 9,7¢ 26,6¢ 29,6¢ -10.1

(1) Non-IFRS financial measures

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

Net operating income, net operating income of the same-property portfolio, distributable income, funds from operations and 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 September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

Quarter

Cumulative (9 months)

2019 2018 2019

2018

$

$ $

$

Cash flows from operating activities (IFRS)

9,875

12,540 29,988

29,014

+  Net change in non-cash operating items

2,832

573 4,771

5,683

+  Debt prepayment penalty

176

–   Net Interest expense

(5,927)

(5,638) (17,338)

(16,174)

+  Other items

3

72

Distributable income(1)

6,780

7,478 17 597

18,685

+ Leasing payroll expenses

132

129 381

445

+ Profit on extinguishment of debt

133

–  Transaction costs

(63)

(524)

(980)

(865)

–   Provision for maintenance expenditures

(479)

(432) (1,361)

(1,277)

–   Provision for rental fees

(345)

(325) (1,035)

(975)

–   Other items

(1)

(3)

Adjusted funds from operations(1)

6,024

6,326 14,602

16,149

   

(1) Non-IFRS financial measures

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (ET) management will hold a conference call to present BTB’s financial results and performance for the third quarter 2019 ended on September 30, 2019:

DATE:                    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

DIAL:                     1-416-764-8609 (from Toronto and overseas) access code 19619704# or toll free 1-888-390-0605 (from North America, access code 19619704#.  To ensure your participation, please dial in fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

WEBCAST:           https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2112088/43D08B345EC138CBED3B817209640DE4

REPLAY:               From November 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on November 20, 2019, dial 1-416-764-8677 conference ID number 619704#, or dial toll free 1-888-390-0541 conference ID number 619704#.

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 November 12, 2019, BTB owns 66 retail, office and industrial properties for a total leasable area of approximately 5.7 million square feet and an approximate total asset value in excess 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 www.btbreit.com.

Information:

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