SOURCE: Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

April 01, 2011 18:14 ET

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. Celebrates Anniversary With Strong Growth Stats; Increases Assets to Over $375 Million Over a Three-Year Period

Portfolio Size Grew 880% in 2009 and 83% in 2010

LADERA RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - Three years ago, Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) launched the first and only non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) focused exclusively on the self-storage market. Today, SSTI's portfolio size has grown to include 61 self-storage facilities in 16 states and Canada totaling approximately 41,000 units with approximately 5.1 million sq. ft. of storage space. Since it was founded in March 2008, SSTI has raised more than $230 million in equity.

"This is an important milestone for our company. Three years ago, we started out with no assets, no liabilities and no shareholders in one of the worst economies in modern memory," said H. Michael Schwartz, SSTI's chairman and CEO. "In the midst of the financial meltdown, we saw opportunity and were able to build the company from zero to over $375 million in assets. I'd say we've started off in good form."

SSTI is one of only five publicly registered self-storage REITs in the United States and is one of the fastest growing REITs nationwide. Last year, SSTI's sponsor ranked #13 on the "Top Operator's List" published in the Sept. 2010 issue of Mini-Storage Messenger Magazine, a national self-storage publication. In addition, Schwartz was named one of "The Top Ten People to Watch" (National Real Estate Investor - 2010). 

Recently, SSTI entered the international marketplace with its first self-storage acquisition in Canada totaling approximately $14 million and 1,060 units. 

"Now that the market has bottomed out and is on the upswing, we're well positioned to continue to diversify and grow our portfolio," said Schwartz. "We're raising money, we're acquiring properties, building a brand, creating partnerships, and if we keep investing in those tools, we hope to create value in the long term for our shareholders."

In an effort to unify and establish a national brand, SSTI launched a major re-branding campaign last year, resulting in a powerful message touting world-class service with a national reach and neighborhood touch. The goal is to re-brand all SSTI properties with the name SmartStop(SM) Self Storage by the end of 2011.

SSTI, through its branded website, www.smartstopselfstorage.com, introduced an innovative array of new online features designed to help consumers and businesses navigate every facet of their storage needs, from estimating space needs to keeping track of where they put specific items. This year's goal is to launch SmartStop(SM) Application for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users in order to better communicate with current and potential customers.

About Strategic Storage Trust, Inc.
Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) is the first and only self-storage REIT in the public non-traded REIT marketplace. SSTI is one of five publicly registered self-storage REITs in the United States and is one of the fastest growing REITs nationwide. The Strategic Storage Trust management team is comprised of industry veterans with extensive institutional experience in the acquisition and property management of self-storage properties. The REIT's storage facilities are branded as SmartStop(SM) Self Storage throughout the country. Its portfolio includes approximately 41,000 self-storage units and 5.1 million rentable square feet of storage space. SSTI's sponsor is Strategic Capital Holdings LLC, which manages a growing portfolio of over 7.5 million square feet of commercial properties, including 5.8 million square feet of self-storage facilities, with a combined market value of over $780 million.

For more information about SSTI, please call 949-429-6600 or visit www.strategicstoragetrust.com 

To view our properties and locations or to find a nearby storage facility, visit www.smartstopselfstorage.com

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