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TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Tricon Capital Group Inc. (TSX: TCN)
("Tricon" or the "Company"), one of North America's leading residential
real estate investment companies, today announced a first close of $125
million for its new U.S. distressed residential real estate fund Tricon
XI, L.P. ("Tricon XI" or the "Fund").
The objective of Tricon XI is to capitalize on "once in a generation"
investment opportunities in distressed U.S. residential real estate
that have arisen out of the 2007-10 credit crisis and related economic
recession. The Fund will provide financing to experienced and
reputable real estate developers for the acquisition, repositioning and
potential development of distressed properties.
"I am very excited to announce that we have consummated the first close
for our new U.S. distressed fund" said David Berman, Tricon's Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer. "This fund marks the continuation of an
investment strategy which began with Tricon IX in 2008 and we continue
to see a strong pipeline of investment opportunities in all of our
target markets. I believe that our timing could not be better to both
acquire distressed assets and participate in the eventual recovery of
the U.S. economy and housing market."
The Fund is being established to take advantage of 1) Tricon's
time-tested investment strategy and proven track record in distressed
U.S. residential real estate; 2) the potential for substantially
discounted land acquisitions in over-supplied markets that are poised
for long term population and employment growth; 3) the overall scarcity
of capital for the "for sale" residential development industry; 4)
Tricon's proprietary network of local developer partners and their
ability to source attractive distressed investment opportunities from
banks and other distressed sellers; and 5) the presence of "trough"
housing fundamentals and long term favorable demographic trends. The
Fund will focus on investments in Tricon's core U.S. target markets,
namely Northern California; Southern California; Dallas and Houston,
Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; and Southern Florida.
Tricon XI is targeting a gross internal rate of return ("IRR") of 18 -
22%, expects investments to range in size from $10 - $50 million and
has a maximum capitalization of $500 million. As part of the first
close, Tricon will be contributing two warehoused investments with
aggregate commitments of approximately $35 million to the Fund. Also,
as is customary, Tricon has engaged a leading placement agent with wide
ranging relationships across the limited partner universe to help
further facilitate the fundraising process.
About Tricon Capital Group Inc.
Founded in 1988, Tricon is one of North America's leading residential
real estate investment companies with approximately $1.3 billion of
assets under management as well as a growing portfolio of U.S.
single-family rental homes. Tricon provides financing to local
operators or developers in select markets in the United States and
Canada, with a primary focus on for-sale housing in growing markets.
Since inception, Tricon has invested in approximately 150 transactions
for development projects valued at more than $10 billion. More
information about Tricon is available at www.triconcapital.com.
SOURCE: Tricon Capital Group Inc.
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