Edmonton, Alberta | July 30, 2019


  • Rental revenue remained stable over Q2-2018 at $17.47 million; $35.42 million year to date
  • Net operating income grew 3% over Q2-2018 at $11.38 million; 1% to $22.39 million year to date
  • Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) declined 4% to $4.78 million or $0.17 per unit in the quarter; down 5% to $9.39 million or $0.33 per unit year to date
  • Debt to Gross Book Value (GBV) ratio of 57%, well below our maximum threshold of 65%
  • Distributions of $0.05625 per trust unit were paid in April, May and June for a payout ratio of 99%

Melcor REIT (TSX: MR.UN) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Rental revenue was stable compared to the
prior year. Net operating income also remained stable at $22.39 million. AFFO was down 5% due to the increase in tenant incentives and
leasing commissions as the REIT strives to maintain occupancy under challenging market conditions.

Andrew Melton, President & CEO of Melcor REIT commented: “I’m pleased to report on another stable quarter for Q2-2019. We again
maintained steady occupancy and growth in average rents in spite of continued challenges in some of our markets. We remain committed to
being the landlord of choice by providing an exceptional service experience and well-maintained commercial space for our customers. This,
coupled with proactive leasing strategies continues to pay off with new lease deals including commitment for future space.
We also continue to execute on our growth strategy and completed the Staples acquisition in Calgary, AB, adding 56,000 square feet of retail
space to our portfolio.”

Q2-2019 Highlights:

Our portfolio performance remained stable through the first half of 2019. Market fundamentals remain challenging; particularly in our
Edmonton office assets. We continue to proactively renew existing tenants and pursue new tenants, which resulted in a healthy retention
rate of 78.0% at quarter end and overall occupancy of 89.2%. The diversity of our portfolio with respect to both tenant profile and asset
class enable the REIT to continue navigating through economic cycles. We are focused on the real estate fundamentals of asset
enhancement and property management while conservatively managing our debt.

Highlights of our performance in the second quarter include:

  • Revenue was stable over Q2-2018, while net operating income (NOI) was up 3% due to new property acquired in the quarter.
    Same-asset NOI was flat over Q2-2018 and up 2% from Q1-2019 due to higher operating margins, offsetting the decline in sameasset
  • We continued to execute on our proactive leasing strategy to both retain existing and attract new tenants. We completed lease
    renewals representing 116,934 sf (including holdovers) for a retention rate of 78.0% at June 30, 2019. New leasing has been
    steady across the portfolio with 27,214 sf in new deals commencing to date in 2019 and an additional 53,000 sf committed for
    future occupancy.
  • Net income in the current and comparative periods is significantly impacted by non-cash fair value adjustments on investment
    properties due to changes in capitalization rates/NOI and Class B LP Units due to changes in the REIT’s unit price. Management
    believes funds from operations (FFO) is a better reflection of our true operating performance. FFO was $6.48 million or $0.23 per
    unit, down 4% from Q2-2018 due to higher finance costs.
  • Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) was $4.78 million or $0.17 per unit, down 4% from Q2-2018. The decrease was due to
    lower FFO and higher reserves for tenant incentives and leasing commissions on account of continued challenging market
    conditions. Compared to Q1-2019 AFFO was up 3% due to higher NOI.
  • On April 24, 2019 we acquired a 56,084 sf single tenant retail building with warehouse space in Calgary, Alberta from a third party
    for $12.45 million. Subsequent to the purchase, we placed $7.15 million in 10 year mortgage financing on the property at a rate of
    3.24%. This redeployment of capital was immediately accretive to AFFO.
  • We paid distributions of $0.05625 per trust unit in April, May and June for a quarterly payout ratio of 99% based on AFFO and 73%
    based on FFO. The REIT has maintained its distribution since its inception, paying steady distributions to our unitholders for sixtytwo
  • On April 1, 2019 we commenced a normal course issuer bid (NCIB) which allows the REIT to purchase approximately 5% of its
    issued and outstanding trust units for cancellation. The REIT believes that its units have been trading in a price range which does
    not reflect the value of the units in relation to the REIT’s current and future business prospects. In the second quarter we
    purchased 19,140 units for $0.15 million at a weighted average cost of $7.60 per unit or 77% of book value.
  • As at June 30, 2019 we have $1.76 million in cash and $15.50 million in additional capacity under our revolving credit facility. We
    conservatively manage our debt, with a debt to GBV ratio on the low end of our target range.

MD&A and Financial Statements

Information included in this press release is a summary of results. This press release should be read in conjunction with the REIT’s Q2-2019 quarterly report to unitholders. The REIT’s consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six-months ended June 30, 2019 can be found on the REIT’s website at www.MelcorREIT.ca or on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Conference Call & Webcast

Unitholders and interested parties are invited to join management on a conference call to be held Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM ET (9:00 AM MT). Call 416-204-1547 in the Toronto area; 1-866-215-0058 toll free.

The call will also be webcast (listen only) at http://www.gowebcasting.com/10018. A replay of the call will be available at the same URL shortly after the call is concluded.

About Melcor REIT

Melcor REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. Melcor REIT owns, acquires, manages and leases quality retail, office and industrial income-generating properties in western Canadian markets. Its portfolio is currently made up of interests in 38 properties representing approximately 2.93 million square feet of gross leasable area located across Alberta and in Regina, Saskatchewan; and Kelowna, British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.MelcorREIT.ca.

Non-standard Measures

NOI, FFO, AFFO and ACFO are key measures of performance used by real estate operating companies; however, they are not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), do not have standard meanings and may not be comparable with other industries or income trusts. These non-IFRS measures are defined and discussed in the REIT’s MD&A for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which reflects the REIT’s current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the REIT’s control, that could cause actual results and events to differ  materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general and local economic and business conditions; the financial condition of tenants; the REIT’s ability to refinance maturing debt; leasing risks, including those associated with the ability to lease vacant space; and interest rate fluctuations. The REIT’s objectives and forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions, including that the general economy remains stable, interest rates remain stable, conditions within the real estate market remain consistent, competition for acquisitions remains consistent with the current climate and that the capital markets continue to provide ready access to equity and/or debt. All forward-looking information in this press release speaks as of the date of this press release. The REIT does not undertake to update any such forward-looking information whether as a result of new  information, future events or otherwise. Additional information about these assumptions and risks and uncertainties is contained in the REIT’s filings with securities regulators.

Contact Information:

Nicole Forsythe
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: 1.855.673.6931