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Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust Releases Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Feb 13 2013 12:00AM

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TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: CWT.UN) is pleased to report strong results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Highlights for the quarter:Operations-- Maintained portfolio occupancy rate at or above the 99% level for the 12th sequential quarter-- Funds from operations ("FFO")(1) increased by 10.3% to $60.4 million and 4.5% to $0.469 on a per unit basis compared to the same period in 2011-- Opened 196,440 square feet of new leased space in existing retail centres through completing development and lease up at a weighted average development yield of 7.1% on aggregate investment of $54.0 millionGrowth Initiatives-- Entered into a joint venture with SmartCentres to develop a 53-acre site located within the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre ("VMC"), which is expected to include over 6 million square feet of office, retail and residential space at completion. Construction of the first phase consisting of the 300,000 square foot KPMG Tower with tunnel connection to the VMC subway is expected to commence later this year-- Completed the previously announced acquisition of zoned land to develop the Montreal Premium Outlets® through a joint venture with Simon Properties Group and SmartCentres. The completed development is expected to open in summer 2014-- Invested $7.0 million for a one third interest in a joint venture with Simon Properties Group and SmartCentres to develop a retail centre in Mirabel, Quebec, adjacent to the Montreal Premium Outlets® development-- Completed the sale of seven non-core investment properties for gross proceeds of $86.0 million as part of the plan to recycle equity into higher growth propertiesOther-- Reversed income tax provisions of $659.2 million upon substantial enactment in November 2012 of Income Tax amendments relating to SIFT rules first announced in December 2010. Calloway will qualify for REIT Exemption, effective January 1, 2011, once the amendments are signed into law-- Executed previously announced agreements that added floor capitalization rates on Earnout properties with capitalization rates based on floating rates. This eliminates the $18.8 million contingent liability on Earnouts previously completed that would have been payable if the agreements had not been signed-- Monthly distributions are confirmed for the period of February to April at $0.129 per unitHighlights for the year:-- Maintained over 99% occupancy throughout the year-- Renewed 89% of tenant space expiring in 2012 achieving an average rent increase of 6.4%-- FFO(1)(2) increased by 11.6% to $226.9 million and 4.9% to $1.787 on a per unit basis compared to 2011-- Acquired 400,358 square feet of retail space in two investment properties for $102.7 million-- Invested $127.9 million to complete the development and lease up of 472,268 square feet of leasable area at an average yield of 7.5%. Once again, Calloway developed more space in-house at materially higher yields than available on acquisitions-- Commenced construction and lease up of the 500,000 square feet Toronto Premium Outlets® in a 50:50 joint venture with Simon Properties Group. This US-style fashion outlets centre, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is expected to open fully leased in August 2013-- Renewed and increased unsecured revolving operating facility to $70.0 million-- Issued $150 million, eight-year unsecured debentures bearing interest at 4.05% per annum-- Increased the fair value of investment properties by $396.6 million from income growth and declining capitalization rates-- Improved leverage and liquidity measures with improvements in debt to total assets ratio of 40.9% (2011 - 45.4%), net interest coverage ratio (excluding capitalized interest) of 2.6X (2011 - 2.5X) and AFFO payout ratio of 90.3% (2011 - 94.0%)



Al Mawani, President & CEO of Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust (the "Trust"), said, "I am pleased with our strong fourth quarter results. Our portfolio of 113 mostly Walmart-anchored retail centres continues to deliver reliable performance and steady growth. We have grown our portfolio in a balanced way with a combination of building out 472,000 square feet of new spaces for existing and new tenants at an average investment yield of 7.5% and acquiring 400,000 square feet in two Calloway-quality centres from third parties at a 6% yield. We have started 2013 having renewed 900,000 square feet of 2013 lease expires. This represents 55% of the 1.6 million square feet of space that is up for renewal in 2013 with average rental uplift of 8% with virtually no inducement payments. 2013 will be an exciting year with the opening of the Toronto Premium Outlets®, construction commencement of the KPMG Tower in Vaughan and the Montreal Premium Outlets® and progress on future phases of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre development."

The following table summarizes the Trust's portfolio information:

December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 Improvement--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fair value of real estate portfolio (in millions of dollars) (3) 6,209.8 5,655.8 554.0Weighted average stabilized capitalization rate 6.02% 6.41% -0.39--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Built gross leasable area 25.9 million square feetFuture developable area 3.6 million square feetNumber of retail properties 113Number of other operating properties 2Number of development properties 11Developments completed during the year are as follows:----------------------------------------------------------------------------Leasable area 472,268 square feetCost $ 127.9 millionYield 7.5%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Quarterly Results

On December 7, 2012, the Trust and SmartCentres entered into a joint venture to develop 6.0 million square feet on 53 acres of development land with SmartCentres acquiring a 50% interest in the existing retail component and undeveloped lands that were owned by the Trust but subject to development management agreements in favour of SmartCentres. As part of the arrangement, the Trust was released from existing development management agreements for the property and corresponding Earnout options and became a 50% joint venture partner in the build-out of mixed-use density on the site, which resulted in an increase in the development value of Calloway's 50% interest and its future pipeline. The first new development by the joint venture will be a 300,000 square foot office building with KPMG as lead tenant. The site will contain the terminus of the Spadina-York University subway extension. The subway stop is expected to open in 2016.

In addition, the Trust amended the terms of nine mortgages receivable by extending the maturity by a weighted average of 2.9 years and by committing to provide an additional $111.6 million. Two mortgages with commitments totalling $37.1 million and an outstanding balance of $16.2 million were repaid to the Trust.

The Trust disposed of seven non-core properties for gross proceeds of $86.0 million.

Under the proposed amendments to SIFT legislation announced on December 16, 2010, which were substantively enacted on November 21, 2012, the Trust qualifies for the REIT Exemption under the SIFT rules for accounting purposes. As a result, $659.2 million of previously recorded current and deferred tax were reversed through net income and comprehensive income.

The following table summarizes the Trust's key financial highlights for the quarters ended December 31 (3):

(in millions of dollars, Three Months Three Months except per Unit Ended December Ended December Increase/ information) 31, 2012 31, 2011 (decrease)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Net income excluding income tax recovery/expense 101.4 38.5 62.9Rental revenue 142.1 132.5 9.6Net operating income 91.9 87.1 4.8Cash flow as measured by FFO (1) 60.4 54.8 5.6Per Unit InformationFFO excluding current income tax recovery/expense (fully diluted) 0.469 0.449 0.020AFFO per Unit (fully diluted) 0.451 0.425 0.026Quarterly distribution 0.387 0.387 -Payout ratio (to AFFO) 85.8% 91.1% (5.3)%



Net income for the quarter (excluding income tax recovery/expense) was $101.4 million compared to $38.5 million in the same quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of fair value adjustments and loss on dispositions, net income increased by $5.5 million in the current quarter compared to the same period last year mainly due to an increase in net operating income of $4.8 million and an increase in interest income of $1.6 million offset by an increase in interest expense of $0.4 million.

Annual Results

During the year, the Trust issued $150.0 million in unsecured debentures with an eight-year term and 4.05% interest rate. The funds were used for the acquisition of investment properties and repayment of maturing debt. The Trust also obtained $189.5 million in new mortgages with an average term of 10.5 years and weighted average interest rate of 3.79%.

The Trust completed the acquisitions of two income properties totalling 400,358 square feet for $102.7 million, which consisted of 152,633 square feet in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for a purchase price of $26.5 million and 247,725 square feet in Duncan, British Columbia for a purchase price of $76.2 million.

The Trust maintained its debt to gross book value at 48.7% at December 31, 2012, which is below the Trust's target range. The Trust also improved its debt to total assets ratio to 40.9% (2011 - 45.4%), net interest coverage ratio (excluding capitalized interest) to 2.6X (2011 - 2.5X) and interest coverage ratio to 2.3X (2011 - 2.2X). In addition, properties with an aggregate appraised value of $1,139.8 million are unencumbered or debt-free. This will provide flexibility to the Trust to address its committed obligations and to grow its portfolio.

Excluding Including convertible convertible debentures debentures--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Debt to gross book value 48.7% 49.7%Target range 55.0%-60.0% 60.0%-65.0%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The following table summarizes the Trust's key financial highlights for theyears ended December 31 (3):(in millions of dollars, except per Unit Increase/ information) 2012 2011 (decrease)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Net income excluding income tax recovery/expense 603.3 348.8 254.5Rental revenue 546.1 511.9 34.2Net operating income 358.7 338.9 19.8Cash flow as measured by FFO (1) 226.9 203.4 23.5Per Unit InformationFFO excluding current income tax recovery/expense (fully diluted) 1.787 1.703 0.084AFFO per Unit (fully diluted) 1.714 1.646 0.068Annual distribution 1.548 1.548 -Payout ratio (to AFFO) 90.3% 94.0% (3.7)%



Net income for the year (excluding income tax recovery/expense) was $603.3 million compared to $348.8 million in 2011. Excluding the impact of fair value adjustments and loss on dispositions, net income increased by $21.8 million compared to 2011 mainly due to an increase in net operating income of $19.8 million and an increase in interest income of $2.1 million offset by an increase in interest expense of $1.0 million.

The high occupancy level of 99.0%, as well as the Trust's acquisition and development program, generated rental revenue of $142.1 million during the quarter and $546.1 million during the year. NOI of $358.7 million increased by 5.8% over the previous year including a 0.7% increase on a same properties basis.

The non-IFRS measures used in this Press Release, including AFFO, FFO, NOI, debt to gross book value, payout ratio and interest coverage ratio do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. These non-IFRS measures are more fully defined and discussed in the management discussion and analysis of the Trust for the year ended December 31, 2012, available on SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

(1) Excludes income tax recovery/expense.

(2) Excludes one-time adjustment relating to prepayment penalty incurred on early repayment of term mortgages of $1.1 million.

(3) Includes the Trust's share of investments in associates.

Full reports of the financial results of the Trust for the year ended December 31, 2012 are outlined in the audited financial statements and the related management discussion and analysis of the Trust, available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. In addition, supplemental information is available on the Trust's website at www.callowayreit.com.

The Trust will hold a conference call on Thursday February 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Participating in the call will be members of the Trust's senior management.

Investors are invited to access the call by dialing 1-800-814-4860. You will be required to identify yourself and the organization on whose behalf you are participating. A recording of this call will be made available Thursday February 14, 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m. (ET) through to 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday February 21, 2013. To access the recording, please call 1-877-289-8525 and use the reservation number 4591276#.

Certain statements in this Press Release are "forward-looking statements" that reflect management's expectations regarding the Trust's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities as outlined under the headings "Business Overview and Strategic Direction" and "Outlook". More specifically, certain statements contained in this Press Release, including statements related to the Trust's maintenance of productive capacity, estimated future development plans and costs, view of term mortgage renewals including rates and upfinancing amounts, timing of future payments of obligations, intentions to secure additional financing and potential financing sources, and vacancy and leasing assumptions, and statements that contain words such as "could", "should", "can", "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "will", "may" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, constitute "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are presented for the purpose of assisting the Trust's Unitholders and financial analysts in understanding the Trust's operating environment, and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. However, such forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" and elsewhere in the Trust's Management's Discussion & Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012 and under the heading "Risk Factors" in its Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release are based on what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Trust cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. These forward-looking statements are made as at the date of this Press Release and the Trust assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances unless otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.

The Toronto Stock Exchange neither approves nor disapproves of the contents of this Press Release.



Contacts:
Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust
Al Mawani
President and Chief Executive Officer
(905) 326-6400 ext. 7649

Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust
Bart Munn
Chief Financial Officer
(905) 326-6400 ext. 7631
www.callowayreit.com





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