Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

February 08, 2007 18:03 ET

Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Acquisition of Restored Property in Downtown Montreal

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews – Feb. 8, 2007) -

Attention Business Editors:

Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of 451-481 Saint Catherine Street West in Montreal.

"This property is the result of an excellent urban revitalization project completed over the past two years," said Michael Emory, President and CEO. "It fits well into our Montreal portfolio, as it has all the important Class I attributes and is located in a very vibrant part of the inner-city."

The property is a 98-year leasehold interest in two restored, three-storey office/retail buildings on the north side of Saint Catherine Street West, near the intersection with McGill College Avenue. The buildings comprise 30,439 square feet of gross leasable area, 9,634 of which is retail space and 20,805 of which is office space. The property is fully leased to tenants consistent in character and quality with the REIT's tenant base.

The purchase price for the property was $6 million, representing a capitalization rate of 8.2%. The property was free and clear of mortgage financing on closing.

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"Capitalization rate" is not a measure recognized under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP. Capitalization rate is presented in this press release because management of the REIT believes that this non-GAAP measure is relevant in interpreting the purchase price of the property being acquired. Capitalization rate, as computed by the REIT, may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar organizations and, accordingly, may not be comparable to capitalization rate reported by such organizations.

Allied Properties REIT is a leading owner and manager of Class I office properties in Canada, with portfolio assets in the urban areas of Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Winnipeg. The objectives of the REIT are to provide stable and growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value through effective management and accretive portfolio growth.

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