Charter Real Estate Investment Trust

Charter Real Estate Investment Trust

June 24, 2009 15:08 ET

Charter Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX VENTURE:CRH.UN) Provides Leasing and Operational Update at Its Annual Meeting

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - On June 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM ET, Charter Real Estate Investment Trust ("Charter REIT") (TSX VENTURE:CRH.UN) held its Annual Meeting at the Toronto Board of Trade. Ari Silverberg, President and Chief Operating Officer of Charter REIT, provided unitholders with a review and update of Charter REIT's operations for 2009.

The following highlights were discussed:

- As previously mentioned in its first quarter 2009 MD&A, Charter REIT received a commitment from a Canadian chartered bank for the early renewal and extension of its operating and acquisition facility for a two-year term for an amount, based on a loan-to-value ratio, not to exceed $26,000,000.

- Charter REIT's debt profile is very manageable with a weighted-average term to maturity of six years and no substantial maturities until November 2012.

- Charter REIT has finalized leases representing 77,638 square feet of its total 2009 lease expiries, equating to 86% of its total expiries for the year, at rates approximately 12% higher than rates on expiring leases. This includes the replacement of a 15,000 square foot cinema tenant with a Pharmaprix store (Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation) in its Chateauguay property, as well as the replacement of a 34,000 square foot tenant in its Mega Centre property on a short term basis.

- Including the leasing described above, Charter REIT's portfolio now has a weighted-average lease term of almost 8 years.

- Portfolio occupancy remains strong at 95.8%, with approximately 75% of the portfolio leased to national tenants and an additional 17% to regional tenants.

"The presentation at our Annual Meeting highlighted our continued balance sheet strength, as well as our initial steps in growing the rents in our portfolio and further improving the quality of our tenancies. We are particularly happy to have Shoppers Drug Mart join us in Chateauguay and continue to pursue tenants of this caliber for all of our shopping centres," said Mr. Silverberg.

The full presentation can be found at Charter REIT's website (

Charter REIT

Charter Real Estate Investment Trust is an open-end real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. Charter REIT is focused on acquiring a portfolio of retail and mixed-use retail community and neighbourhood centres, generally in the mid-market deal size range of $10 to $40 million, comprised of stable cash flow and value-add properties from both primary and secondary markets throughout Canada. Charter REIT's principal goal is to generate a reliable and growing yield for its investors. Charter REIT currently owns 10 retail properties located in Ontario and Quebec.

Certain statements included in this press release constitute forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those identified by the expressions "expect," "intend," "will" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to Charter REIT. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect Charter REIT's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations.

Charter Real Estate Investment Trust
The Exchange Tower
130 King Street West
Suite 2810, P.O. Box 104
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1A4
Telephone: (416) 364-5705
Fax: (416) 861-8166

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Contact Information

  • Charter Real Estate Investment Trust
    Ari Silverberg
    President and Chief Operating Officer
    (416) 364-5705
    (416) 861-8166 (FAX)
    Charter Real Estate Investment Trust
    Floriana Cipollone
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 364-5705
    (416) 861-8166 (FAX)