Granite REIT Announces European Acquisition Closing And Lease Extension
TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Granite Real Estate Investment Trust ("Granite") (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of a 2.5 million square foot portfolio of seven properties located in Germany and the Netherlands from funds managed by AEW Europe at a purchase price of €129 million. The agreement to acquire the portfolio was previously announced on August 12, 2013.
Granite also announced today the extension of the expiry date of its fifth largest lease, as measured by annualized lease payments,1 from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2022. The extension terms include Granite building a 39,000 square foot expansion of the leased premises at a cost of approximately €4.4 million.
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the ownership and management of predominantly industrial properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns approximately 32 million square feet and over 100 properties. Our tenant base currently includes Magna International Inc. and its operating subsidiaries as our largest tenants, together with tenants from other industries.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents are available through the internet on Canadian Securities Administrators' Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which can be accessed at www.sec.gov. For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Tom Heslip, Chief Executive Officer, at 647-925-7539 or Michael Forsayeth, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7600.
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1 Annualized lease payments does not have a standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards and may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other entities. Granite considers annualized lease payments to be a useful indicator of rental revenue (excluding tenant recoveries) anticipated in the upcoming year.
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