TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - May 05, 2016) - Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust ("CREIT") (TSX: REF.UN) today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, CREIT reported Funds from Operations ("FFO") of $0.78 per Unit compared to $0.75 per Unit for the same period in 2015, an increase of 4.0%.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results," said Stephen Johnson, Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to experience FFO growth in spite of continued challenges in the Calgary office market and a slower Canadian economy. CREIT's ongoing stability is primarily driven by a diversified portfolio of high-quality real estate assets and our strong operating platform."

For the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, FFO was as follows:

    Three months ended March 31
($ thousands, except per-Unit amounts)   2016   2015   ($)   (%)
FFO   $ 57,198   $ 54,728   $ 2,470   4.5 %
FFO per Unit   $ 0.78   $ 0.75   $ 0.03   4.0 %

The chart below provides a summary of net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015.

    Three months ended March 31
($ thousands, except per Unit amounts)           Change
2016   2015   ($)
Net income excluding fair value gains (losses), property acquisition costs, foreign currency gains (losses) and income taxes   $ 56,263   $ 53,881   $ 2,382
Net income   $ 57,176   $ 55,975   $ 1,201
Net income per Unit   $ 0.78   $ 0.77   $ 0.01

Financial Measures and Additional Financial Information
FFO is a generally accepted supplemental measure of operating performance for real estate entities; however, it is not a measure defined by International Financial Reporting Standards. Readers are directed to CREIT's Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for a description of the measure and its reconciliation to net income.

CREIT's Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the three months ended March 31, 2016 are posted on CREIT's website at Readers are directed to these documents for financial details and a fulsome discussion on CREIT's results.

Conference Call
Interested parties are invited to discuss the financial results on a conference call with senior management. Conference call details are as follows:

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Dial-in number: (647) 788-4919 or (877) 291-4570
Conference call ID: 84612866

A taped replay of the call will be available until June 6, 2016. To access the replay, please dial (416) 621-4642 or (800) 585-8367.

Alternatively, to access the simultaneous webcast, please click on the following link on CREIT's website: The webcast will be archived for one year.

CREIT is a real estate investment trust focused on accumulating and aggressively managing a portfolio of high-quality real estate assets and delivering the benefits of real estate ownership to Unitholders. The primary benefit is a reliable and, over time, increasing monthly cash distribution. CREIT owns a diversified portfolio of retail, industrial and office properties.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to our operations and the environment in which we operate, which are based on our expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, a forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any such statement, to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Mario Barrafato
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer