TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Brookfield Real Estate Services Fund (The "Fund", TSX: BRE.UN) today announced the completion of the refinancing of its $53 million debt obligations. The refinancing is comprised of a $32.7 million private debt placement with a number of Canadian institutional investors with interest fixed 5.809% and a $20.3 million bank facility with interest available in the form of floating prime rate, or at Banker's Acceptance rates plus 3% with terms of up to six months. The refinancing is provided under a five-year term, maturing on February 17, 2015, with interest payable quarterly in arrears.
"We are extremely pleased with the completion of the refinancing and the high level of confidence in our business demonstrated by our lenders. Fixing a portion of our debt at an attractive rate of interest and a portion at floating rates will allow us flexibility to benefit from the current low interest rate environment while at the same time providing a reliable low cost of funds through maturity," commented Philip Soper, President and Chief Executive.
A Canadian investment bank acted as sole agent for the private placement.
About the Brookfield Real Estate Services Fund
The Fund is a leading provider of services to residential real estate REALTORS(R)(1). The Fund generates cash flow from franchise royalties and service fees derived from a national network of real estate brokers and agents in Canada operating under the Royal LePage, La Capitale Real Estate Network and Johnston & Daniel brand names. At October 31, 2009, the Fund Network was comprised of 14,620 REALTORS(R). The Fund Network has an approximate 22% share of the Canadian residential resale real estate market based on transactional dollar volume. The Fund is a TSX-listed income trust that pays monthly distributions and trades under the symbol "BRE.UN". The Fund's website address is www.brookfieldres.com
(1) REALTOR(R) is a trademark identifying real estate licensees in Canada
who are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association
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SOURCE BROOKFIELD REAL ESTATE SERVICES FUND
For further information: For further information: Gurinder Sandhu, Vice President Finance, Brookfield Real Estate Services Limited, (416) 510-5701, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brookfieldres.com