Killam Properties Inc. announces Ottawa acquisition and joint venture with Kingsett Capital and Alberta Investment Management Corporation

HALIFAX, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Killam Properties Inc. ("Killam") is pleased to announce it has agreed to acquire a 50% interest in Kanata Lakes Apartments II, a newly constructed, 152-unit apartment building in Ottawa, Ontario in a joint venture with affiliates of KingSett Capital Inc. ("KingSett") and AIMCo Realty Investors LP, a limited partnership managed by Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo") on behalf of certain of its clients. The property, located at 1025 Canadian Shield Avenue, Kanata, is the second of a five-building complex having a shared clubhouse.

Construction of the building was completed in December 2013 and it is completing its lease-up phase. The purchase agreement includes a revenue guarantee of 90% for the next year. The building includes 129 one-bedroom units and 23 two-bedroom units. The average rent is $1,785 and the average unit size is approximately 950 square feet. The units have condo quality features, including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and in-suite laundry. The building also includes 196 underground parking stalls and its proportionate interest in a shared two-storey 18,000 square foot clubhouse and fitness facility.

The purchase price for Kanata Lakes Apartments II is $48.7 million ($320,000 per suite), with Killam's 50% ownership interest being $24.4 million. The purchase price will be satisfied with a new 10-year CMHC insured mortgage of $28.5 million and cash. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of September.

The property will be owned in a joint venture between Killam and affiliates of KingSett and AIMCo.  In connection with the acquisition, Killam has agreed to issue common shares of Killam to the KingSett and AIMCo joint venture with a total value of $7.0 million based on the five-day volume weighted average price (VWAP) of Killam common shares preceding this announcement, less 3%. Proceeds from the private placement will be used by Killam to partially fund its proportionate share of the Kanata Lakes acquisition.  

Following the completion of the private placement, the KingSett and AIMCo joint venture will, collectively, beneficially own common shares of Killam representing approximately 10.8% of Killam's common shares outstanding.  In connection with the private placement, the KingSett and AIMCo joint venture has agreed to certain customary "standstill" provisions with respect to Killam's common shares.

"We welcome both KingSett, one of Canada's most successful private equity investors in real estate, and AIMCo, one of the largest institutional investment managers in Canada, as JV partners, and strategic shareholders" noted Philip Fraser, Killam's President & CEO. "This relationship will enable us to increase our ownership interest in the Kanata Lakes development, from a 25% interest in Kanata Lakes I to 50% for Kanata Lakes II. We look forward to exploring future growth opportunities with KingSett and AIMCo."

Jon Love, Managing Partner of KingSett Capital said, "We are pleased to enter into this strategic capital relationship with Killam and AIMCo and look forward to the opportunity to work together to further grow our respective businesses".

"As a long-term investor in high-quality real estate assets, we are pleased to be making this amicable joint-venture investment alongside two highly experienced real estate companies," said Micheal Dal Bello, Senior Vice President, Real Estate for AIMCo.

Killam acquired a 25% interest in the Kanata Lakes Apartments I in May 2012 through a joint venture with Kuwait Finance House ("KFH"). KFH advised Killam that it is not adding to its Canadian holdings and that it intends to exit the Canadian rental market, including unwinding its ownership interest in the existing joint venture with Killam. The timing for KFH's exit is being assessed and Killam is considering its options regarding its interest in the joint venture.

About Killam

Killam Properties Inc., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada's largest residential landlords, owning, operating and developing multi-family apartments and manufactured home communities.

About KingSett

KingSett Capital is Canada's leading private equity real estate investment business co-investing with pension fund and high net worth individual clients. KingSett Capital invests through a series of growth funds, mortgage funds and a core strategy income fund, each with its own risk/return strategy. KingSett Capital has over $5 billion of assets under management.

About AIMCo

Alberta Investment Management Corporation is one of Canada's largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers, managing an investment portfolio of approximately $80 billion and having significant direct and indirect North American real estate experience. AIMCo was established in 2008 to invest for superior long-term investment results for its 27 pension, endowment and government clients in Alberta, including the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

Note: The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein. Certain statements in this report may constitute forward-looking statements relating to our operations, the environment in which we operate, our future growth prospects and our joint venture with KFH, which are based on our expectations, estimates, forecast and projections, which we believe are reasonable as of the current date. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Killam to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For more exhaustive information on these risks and uncertainties, you should refer to our most recently filed annual information form which is available at www.sedar.com. 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 and should not be relied upon as of any other date. Other than as required by law, Killam does not undertake to update any of such forward-looking statements.

 

SOURCE: Killam Properties Inc.

For further information: Philip Fraser, President & CEO, pfraser@killamproperties.com, 902-453-4536 or Dale Noseworthy, CA, CFA, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Planning, dnoseworthy@killamproperties.com, 902-442-0388

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