Choices Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is assisting tenants confronting COVID-19-based challenges.
With many of the Trust's tenants being negatively impacted by the pandemic, the Trust is prepared to assist qualifying small businesses and independent tenants who have requested rent relief, on a case by case basis, with a temporary rent deferral for 60 days.
"We understand and acknowledge the extraordinary financial pressures on parts of our tenant base, especially on independent and smaller businesses, and we want to do our part to help them. Many of these small businesses are facing extraordinary drops in revenues and are rightfully focused on taking care of their families and their communities. We intend to continue working with our tenants on an individual basis to find solutions in the short term," states Galen Weston, chairman of Choice Properties.
"With a diversified base of tenants and a high proportion of necessity-based retailers, including Loblaw which accounts for approximately 55% of our annual rental revenue, Choice Properties is well-positioned to weather this market volatility. Since the beginning of 2019, we have made significant progress in strengthening our balance sheet, including refinancing our unsecured debt maturities, lowering our leverage and improving overall liquidity," notes Rael Diamond, president and CEO of the Trust.
Given the uncertainty about the duration and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust is withdrawing its 2020 Outlook that is contained in its Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019. The Trust intends on releasing its 2020 first quarter results on or about April 22, 2020.