* Q3 FFO C$0.34/unit vs C$0.30/unit last year
* Q3 FFO est C$34/unit
* Net operating income on same property basis up 3 pct
Nov 4 (Reuters) - Canada’s Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust PMZ_u.TO posted a 28 percent rise in its quarterly funds from operations (FFO), helped by lower expenses and contributions from recent property acquisitions.
Primaris reported FFO -- a key performance measure for REITs which strips out the profit-reducing effect of depreciation -- of C$24.2 million or 34.4 Canadian cents per unit, up from with C$18.9 million, or 30.4 Canadian cents per unit, a year ago.
Analysts on average had expected FFO of 34 Canadian cents per unit, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Primaris, which owns mid-market retail centers in major cities and shopping malls in secondary cities, said net operating income was C$45.9 million, up from C$37.1 million, in the year-ago quarter.
Net operating income on a same property basis was up 3 percent to C$38.3 million, the company said in a statement.
Total expenses were down 17 percent to C$72.3 million.
The Toronto-based trust’s units, which have gained about 5 percent in value since it reported its second-quarter results in August, closed at C$19.39 on Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Arnika Thakur in Bangalore; Editing by Vyas Mohan)