PLAZACORP ANNOUNCES CONTINUED PROFITABLE FIRST QUARTER RESULTS - Jun 14, 2011

PLAZACORP ANNOUNCES CONTINUED PROFITABLE FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Jun 14, 2011

FREDERICTON, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Plazacorp Retail Properties Ltd. (TSXV: PLZ) today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.  These are the first transitional statements issued in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

Plazacorp reported funds from operations ("FFO") of $3.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of 3.8% over the same quarter for the prior year. FFO per share was $0.064 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 ($0.064 per share diluted) compared to $0.063 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 ($0.063 per share diluted).  The principal factors influencing FFO were:

  • Incremental net property operating income ("NOI") growth of $284 thousand earned by properties which were transferred from properties under development to income producing status during 2010 and 2011.
  • Same asset NOI growth of $149 thousand.
  • An increase in share of profit of associates and investment income (net of fair value changes) of $172 thousand.
  • An increase in financing costs of $209 thousand mainly affected by the replacement of floating-rate debt with long-term debt on new properties and new debenture interest.
  • An increase in administrative expenses of $181 thousand mainly due to additional tax consulting and professional fees relating to the potential conversion to a REIT structure and IFRS-related work.

If IFRS implementation costs and costs incurred for the potential conversion to a REIT structure had not occurred, FFO would have increased by 7.8% over the same period in the prior year.

Profit for the period was $6.9 million compared to $1.8 million recorded for the same period in the prior year.  Profit was impacted by the same factors affecting FFO as indicated above as well as: a fair value gain of investment properties of $6.4 million compared to $0.9 million for the same period in the prior year, as a result of a 48 basis point drop in the weighted average capitalization rate; an increase in fair value gain of investments of $584 thousand also resulting from the drop in capitalization rates; and transaction costs incurred in the prior year for the issuance of convertible debentures of $541 thousand.  These were partly offset by an increase in deferred taxes of $1.7 million mainly due to the increase in fair value gain of investment properties mentioned above.

Michael Zakuta, Plazacorp's President and CEO said, "We are pleased with the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. Currently we have 7 projects under development and 4 land assemblies in progress, which upon completion will deliver stronger FFO going forward and strengthen the quality of our portfolio."

Plazacorp's summary of FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2010 is presented below:

 
(000's - except per share amounts and debt coverage ratios) (unaudited) 3 Months
Ended
March 31,
2011
3 Months
Ended
March 31,
2010
     
Profit for the period $  6,382 $  1,498
Add (deduct):    
Loss on disposal of investment properties -    129
Deferred income tax expense 2,511   834
Fair value adjustment to investment properties (6,406)   (928)
Fair value adjustment to investments (982) (398)
Fair value adjustment to convertible debentures 1,446 1,312
Net revaluation of interest rate swaps (62) -
Non-controlling interest adjustment 320 103
Basic FFO 3,209   2,550
Adjustment for debenture issuance costs - 541
Basic FFO - adjusted 3,209 3,091
Interest on dilutive convertible debentures before income tax -       -
Diluted FFO - adjusted $  3,209 $ 3,091
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 50,428 49,242
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 50,428 49,255
Basic FFO - adjusted per share $  0.064 $  0.063
Diluted FFO - adjusted per share $  0.064 $  0.063
     
     
Debt coverage ratios      
Interest coverage ratios 1.8 times    1.8 times
Debt service coverage ratio 1.5 times    1.5 times

A copy of Plazacorp's quarterly report can be found on the Corporation's web site at www.plaza.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Plazacorp Retail Properties Ltd. is an owner of shopping malls and strip plazas throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario.  Plazacorp owns interests in 112 properties comprising 5.1 million square feet of retail real estate.

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For further information:

on Plazacorp, visit our website at
www.plaza.ca
Or contact:
Floriana Cipollone, Chief Financial Officer (416) 848-4583 or Kim Sharpe, Director of Business Development at (506) 451-1826