TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Whiterock Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:WRK.UN), a growth oriented REIT with a significant presence in major markets, announced today that it has acquired a high quality office tower located at 219 Laurier Avenue West, a government-leased primary market asset in downtown Ottawa. In keeping with its active acquisition program, Whiterock and a co-owner acquired the building for $43.5 million before closing costs, at a cap rate of 7.5%.
219 Laurier Avenue West is a 14-storey building centrally located in downtown Ottawa, minutes away from Parliament Hill and is in close proximity to Highway 417, one of the three major highways located in Greater Ottawa.
The office tower is 100% occupied, has an average remaining lease term of approximately 5.8 years and is comprised of approximately 188,750 square feet of rentable space. Its primary tenants are agencies of the federal government of Canada, occupying approximately 97% of the leased space. Through this acquisition, 44.3% of Whiterock's portfolio revenue now consists of government and investment grade tenants.
Whiterock's 40% equity investment in the property, net of the first mortgage debt, totals approximately $6.1 million. Whiterock used funds available under its credit facility to finance its investment. The first mortgage debt on 219 Laurier Avenue West totals $30,450,000, representing a 70% loan-to-value ratio, and has a seven year term with a 5% fixed-term interest rate.
Whiterock's partner on this acquisition is Return on Innovation Capital Ltd., an investment firm based in Toronto that specializes in private placement investments, including a focus on high quality properties with visible growing cash flow streams backed by solid covenants and long term leases. With over $900 million in assets, ROI Capital Ltd is one of the fastest growing investment firms in Canada.
Whiterock owns, co-owns and/or manages a portfolio that now totals approximately 7 million square feet across 70 properties. Whiterock's owned and co-owned properties now have a weighted average lease term of approximately 6.4 years.
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SOURCE WHITEROCK REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST
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