TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 01, 2016) - WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: WIR.U) (OTCQX: WPTIF) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 226,800 square foot distribution property located in Columbus, Ohio. The REIT has indirectly acquired the property from a third-party vendor for a purchase price of approximately US $13.9 million (exclusive of closing and transaction costs), representing a capitalization rate of approximately 6.8%. The purchase price was satisfied with cash on hand.
Built in 2015, the building is a state-of-the-art Class A distribution facility which features a modern front-office rear-load design, 32-foot clear ceiling heights, an ESFR sprinkler system, T-5 lighting and ample trailer and auto parking. The property is 100% leased to Dollar Shave Club, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever and Bridgestone, with leases expiring on May 31, 2021 and March 31, 2026, respectively. The leases include average annual contractual increases in the tenant's rental rate of approximately 2.5% through the balance of the lease terms.
"We are pleased to be increasing our presence in the Ohio distribution market with this accretive acquisition while further strengthening and diversifying our overall property and tenant portfolio," commented Scott Frederiksen, Chief Executive Officer.
About WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT was formed for the purpose of acquiring and owning primarily industrial investment properties located in the United States, with a particular focus on warehouse and distribution industrial real estate. WPT Industrial, LP (the REIT's operating subsidiary) indirectly owns a portfolio of properties consisting of approximately 15.1 million square feet of gross leasable area, comprised of 46 industrial properties and two office properties located in 12 states in the United States. The REIT pays monthly cash distributions, currently at $0.0633 per Unit, or approximately $0.76 per Unit on an annualized basis, in US funds.
This press release contains "forward-looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian securities law ("forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements") which reflect management's expectations regarding objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities of the REIT. The words "plans", "expects", "does not expect", "scheduled", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", "projects", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements to the effect that certain actions, events or results "may", "will", "could", "would", "might", "occur", "be achieved" or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Some of the specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the closing of the acquisitions, closing of the mortgage loan assumption, and the expected closing dates thereof; and expectations regarding accretion to the REIT's AFFO per unit and future growth. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the REIT as of the date of this press release, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The REIT's estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, include the various assumptions set forth herein, including, but not limited to, the REIT's and each property's future growth potential, results of operations, future prospects and opportunities, the demographic and industry trends remaining unchanged, no change in legislative or regulatory matters, future levels of indebtedness, the tax laws as currently in effect remaining unchanged, the continual availability of capital, the current economic conditions remaining unchanged, and continued positive net absorption and declining vacancy rates in the markets in which the REIT's properties are located.
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