GRANITE REIT ANNOUNCES LEASE EXTENSIONS AT ITS PROPERTIES IN GRAZ, AUSTRIA
February 1, 2023, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (“Granite”) (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) announced today that the leases at its properties in Graz, Austria (the “Graz Facilities”), comprising approximately 5.0 million square feet, have been contractually extended for ten years to January 31, 2034.
On February 1, 2024 the annual rent for the Graz Facilities for the initial five years of the extension will escalate by the increase in the consumer price index for the 60 month period preceding that date, to a maximum of ten percent. The Graz Facilities are Granite’s largest properties as measured by gross leasable area and currently account for approximately 8% of Granite’s annualized revenue(1).
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of logistics, warehouse and industrial properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns 141 investment properties representing approximately 58.8 million square feet of leasable area.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents about Granite are available through the internet on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ System 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 Teresa Neto, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7560.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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(1) Annualized revenue is calculated as the contractual base rent for the month of January 2023 multiplied by 12. Annualized revenue excludes revenue from properties classified as assets held for sale.