Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund Announces June Distribution and Provides Update on Occupancy and Rental Rates


TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund (TSX.V: UMF.A, UMF.U) (the "Fund") announced today the cash distribution on the outstanding Class A Units, Class C Units, Class F Units, Class I Units and Class U Units (collectively, the "Units") for the period from June 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013. The distribution will be as follows:

i.      C$0.03747 per Class A Unit;
ii.      C$0.04364 per Class C Unit;
iii.      C$0.04266 per Class F Unit;
iv.      C$0.04135 per Class I Unit; and
v.      US$0.03718 per Class U Unit.

The distribution will be paid on July 15, 2013 to unitholders of record as at June 28, 2013. The distribution amounts in respect of the Class A Units, Class F Units, Class I Units and Class U Units reflect the applicable Agents' Fee (as defined in the Fund's second amended and restated limited partnership agreement dated May 22, 2013 (the "Limited Partnership Agreement")) that such classes of Units were subject to. The distributions in respect of the Class A Units, Class C Units, Class F Units and Class I Units were determined in U.S. dollars and converted into Canadian dollars at the spot rate available today.

The Fund also announced that as at June 9, 2013, occupancy for the Fund's properties was 96.4%, which was 2.4% above the pro forma occupancy for the period ending June 30, 2013 as set out in the Fund's final prospectus dated March 31, 2013 (the "Forecast"). The increase in occupancy is believed to be attributable to the strength of market conditions in Houston and Dallas, the cities where the Fund's properties are located, and the seasonal nature of multi-family leasing, with spring being a historically strong leasing period.  Management of the Fund is not aware of any events and circumstances that occurred between the closing of the Fund's initial public offering on April 18, 2013 and the date of this news release that are reasonably likely to cause actual operating results to differ materially from those contained in the Forecast for the current or future periods.

Given the strong occupancies at the properties, the Fund has aggressively increased rental rates on both new and renewal leases and curtailed concessions. Renewal rents for existing tenants are being increased between 3% and 6%, whereas asking rents for new tenants are being increased by 2% to 3% versus asking rents when the properties were acquired. No concessions are currently being offered on new leases at any of the properties.

Property management for the Falls at Copper Lake is being provided by Greystar Real Estate Partners, the largest third party, multi-family property manager in the United States. Property Management for the Bridgemoor at Denton and Villages of Towne Lake is being provided by the Pinnacle Family of Companies, the fourth largest third party, multi-family property manager in the United States.

Further details regarding market conditions where the Fund's properties are located and the Fund's property performance are available in the Fund's June 2013 Newsletter which is available at

About Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund

The Fund is a limited partnership formed under the Limited Partnerships Act (Ontario) for the primary purpose of indirectly acquiring, owning and operating a portfolio of diversified income producing rental properties in the U.S. multi-family real estate market.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains statements that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and which reflect the Fund's current expectations regarding future events, including statements concerning: the payment of distributions; performance relative to the Forecast; national and local real estate market conditions and economic variables; rental rates; and occupancy rates. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for the Fund or the real estate industry are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as "may", "might", "will", "could", "should", "would", "occur", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "seek", "aim", "estimate", "target", "project", "predict", "forecast", "potential", "continue", "likely", "schedule", or the negative thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.

The forward-looking information in this news release involves risks and uncertainties, including those set forth in the Fund's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time at Actual results could differ materially from those projected herein. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to: reliance on the Fund's manager; the experience of the Fund's officers and directors; substitutes for residential real estate rental suites; reliance on property management; competition for real property investments and tenants; U.S. market factors; and currency exchange rates.

Information contained in forward-looking information is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including the following: the inventory of multi-family real estate properties; the population of multi-family real estate market participants; assumptions about the markets in which the Fund operates; the ability of the manager of the Fund to manage and operate the properties; the global and North American economic environment; foreign currency exchange rates; and governmental regulations or tax laws. Readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable Canadian securities laws, neither the Fund nor its manager undertakes any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund

For further information:

Evan Kirsh
President, Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund

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