Dundee REIT

Dundee REIT

November 10, 2005 12:17 ET

Dundee REIT September 30, 2005 Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - DUNDEE REIT (TSX:D.UN) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2005.

- Revenue up 21% to $58.0 million over prior year third quarter

- Net operating income up 20% to $32.5 million over prior year third quarter

- Funds from operations up 10% to $17.2 million over prior year third quarter

- Occupied and committed space rises to 96.1% from 94.3% at September 30, 2004

- Debt-to-gross book value 61.7% (50.6% excluding the convertible debentures)

- Decrease of average interest rate to 6.17% from 6.65% at September 30, 2004

- $58 million in acquisitions completed in the third quarter and $148 million under contract

Michael Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer and Michael Knowlton, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer will be holding a conference call to discuss the results on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). To access the conference call, please dial 416-695-7896 in Toronto and Overseas or 1-877-888-4483 elsewhere in Canada and the United States. A taped replay of the call will be available from November 14, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) to November 21, 2005 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Please dial 416-695-5275 or 1-888-509-0081 and use reservation number T599085D to access the replay.

(unaudited) ($000's except unit and per unit amounts)

Three Three Three Nine Nine
Months Months Months Months Months
Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended
September June September September September
30, 2005 30, 2005 30, 2004 30, 2005 30, 2004

revenues $ 58,030 $ 53,378 $ 47,983 $ 162,201 $ 137,082
Net operating
income ("NOI")
(1) 32,465 29,601 26,984 89,134 75,606
Funds from
("FFO") (2) 17,181 15,952 15,566 48,491 44,939
Net income 2,223 3,420 5,375 9,324 1,326
income ("DI")
(3) 15,990 14,209 13,966 43,883 40,138
Book value of
properties 1,282,168 1,244,097 1,062,962
Debt 936,236 886,733 695,309
book value 61.7% 60.7% 55.8%

Per unit data
FFO 0.68 0.64 0.64 1.93 1.92
Net income 0.13 0.20 0.32 0.55 0.08
income 0.63 0.57 0.57 1.75 1.72
Distributions 0.55 0.55 0.55 1.65 1.65

(period end)
REIT Units,
Series A
17,204,683 16,904,915 16,776,929
LP Class B
Series 1
8,337,365 8,278,728 7,745,994
Total ---------------------------------------------------------
number of
25,542,048 25,183,643 24,522,923

space 96.1% 95.8% 94.3%

"For some time now, we have been talking about all of the improvements that are being made to our business. I am pleased that these improvements are now beginning to show in our results." said Michael Cooper, President and CEO. "Our occupancy is at an all-time high, our capital is fully deployed, our acquisitions are showing the results that we anticipated, there is growth in our comparative property portfolio and we have achieved record funds from operations."


- Rental properties NOI up 20% to $32.5 million - Net operating income for the three month period grew by $5.5 million or 20% compared to the same quarter last year, primarily due to contributions from acquisitions. Comparative NOI improved as well, reflecting increased occupancy in the Ontario office and Montreal and Western Canada industrial portfolios.

- Funds from operations up 10% to $17.2 million - On a per unit basis, FFO increased by $0.04 in the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year, primarily due to the impact of acquisitions, as well as certain one-time items contributing $0.2 million during the quarter and a decrease in the weighted average interest rate.

- Distributable income up 14% to $16.0 million - In the three months ended September 30, 2005, Dundee REIT generated $16.0 million of distributable income, representing $0.63 per unit or an increase of $0.06 compared to both the same quarter last year and the three months ended June 30, 2005. During the quarter, the Trust declared distributions totalling $0.55 per unit.

- Distribution Reinvestment and Unit Purchase Plan ("DRIP") enrolment is high - At September 30, 2005, approximately 45% of the Trust's total units were enrolled in the DRIP, including 19% of REIT Units, Series A and 100% of LP Class B Units, Series 1. As a result of this high level of participation in the DRIP, the Trust's cash payout ratio was 56.9% of declared distributions for the first nine months of 2005.


- Portfolio occupied and committed space increased to 96.1% - the 7th consecutive quarterly increase - During the first nine months of 2005, Dundee REIT recorded a net increase in occupied space of 111,464 square feet. Leases representing 1.7 million square feet expired or were terminated during the nine months and approximately 1.8 million square feet of new leases or renewals were completed. The overall percentage of occupied and committed space across Dundee REIT's office portfolio increased to 95.0% (September 30, 2004 - 94.3%) and the industrial portfolio increased to 97.2% (September 30, 2004 - 94.4%). The average in-place rents in the office and industrial portfolios were $14.15 and $5.88 per square foot, respectively (September 30, 2004 - $14.40 and $5.77 respectively).


Four of the five acquisitions completed in the quarter are located in the Trust's current markets. "Given our desire to grow and the current acquisition market" said Michael Cooper, "we have started to look beyond our existing markets for accretive investments that also complement our portfolio. The Scotia Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland is the best building in that market and we are pleased to have added this property to our portfolio."

Acquisitions Completed in the Third Quarter

on Purchase
Property Interest acqui- Acquired Price Date
Type Acquired sition GLA ($000's) Acquired
Traders Blvd.
East, August
Mississauga Industrial 100% 100% 77,000 $7,246 9, 2005

Scotia Centre, August
St. John's Office 100% 100% 190,000 33,370 18, 2005

boul. de
Catania, August
Brossard Industrial 100% 95% 124,000 15,989 30, 2005

rue Berlier, August
Laval Industrial 100% 100% 6,000 540 30, 2005

81st Avenue, Under September
Leduc development 100% - - 718 23, 2005
TOTAL 397,000 $57,863

In the third quarter, the Trust completed $58 million in new acquisitions at an average capitalization rate of 8.0%, bringing the year-to-date total to $279 million. Subsequent to quarter end, the Trust has entered into agreements to acquire 376,000 square feet of properties for approximately $37.4 million. In addition, the Trust has approximately $110.7 million of properties under contract, subject to various conditions, comprising 1.1 million square feet. The average capitalization rate for all properties acquired or under contract in 2005 is 8.5%.


- Decrease of weighted average interest rate - Dundee REIT's weighted average interest rate was reduced by 45 basis points during the first nine months of 2005 to 6.17% as at September 30, 2005 (December 31, 2004 - 6.62%).

Information appearing in this news release is a select summary of results. The financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the Trust will be available at www.sedar.com and will also be available with the Supplementary Information Package at www.dundeereit.com.

Dundee REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. We are a provider of high quality, affordable business premises. We focus on owning, acquiring, leasing and managing mid-sized urban and suburban office and industrial properties in Canada. Our diversified portfolio consists of approximately 15.6 million square feet of gross leasable area, located primarily in our target markets of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Our portfolio is well diversified by asset type, geographic location and tenant mix. For more information, please visit www.dundeereit.com.


(1) NOI - revenue less operating expenses.

(2) FFO - net income, adjusted for future income tax, depreciation and amortization, and gain (loss) on sale and provision for diminution in value of assets and other amortization.

(3) DI is defined in our Declaration of Trust and has been restated for Q3 2004 using the new definition for distributable income as outlined in Appendix A of the Trust's Management Information Circular dated March 14, 2005.

NOI and FFO are key measures of performance used by real estate operating companies; NOI, FFO and DI are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), do not have standard meanings and may not be comparable with other industries and companies.

All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute forward-looking statements. These statements represent Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust's intentions, plans, expectations, and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Trust. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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