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STELLARTON, NS, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust ("Crombie") (TSX: CRR.UN) announced today that it has closed the previously announced offering, on a bought-deal basis, of 2,408,000 trust units (the "Units") to the public at $14.75 per Unit for gross proceeds of approximately $35.5 million.
In addition to the issuance of Units to the public, ECL Developments Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), has purchased, on a private placement basis, 1,659,661 Class B LP Units of Crombie Limited Partnership together with the attached Special Voting Units of Crombie at the $14.75 per Unit offering price, for gross proceeds of approximately $24.5 million.
Each Class B LP Unit is exchangeable for one Unit of Crombie at the option of the holder. Upon exchange of a Class B LP Unit, the associated Special Voting Unit is cancelled. All securities issued under the private placement are subject to a four month hold period from the closing date of the private placement. After the closing of the public offering and the private placement, Empire Company Limited holds a 42.9% economic and voting interest in Crombie.
The combined gross proceeds from the Unit and Class B LP Unit issuance total approximately $60.0 million.
Crombie intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to reduce outstanding borrowings under Crombie's revolving credit facility and for general trust purposes.
The underwriting syndicate was co-led by CIBC and BMO Capital Markets, and also includes Scotiabank, TD Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Raymond James Ltd., Brookfield Financial Corp. and Desjardins Securities Inc.
Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under, and governed by, the laws of the Province of Ontario. The trust invests in income-producing retail, office and mixed-use properties in Canada, with a future growth strategy focused primarily on the acquisition of retail properties. Crombie currently owns a portfolio of 170 commercial properties in nine provinces, comprising approximately 14.0 million square feet of gross leasable area. More information about Crombie can be found at www.crombiereit.com.
This news release may contain forward looking statements that reflect the current expectations of management of Crombie about Crombie's future results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "continue", "may", "will", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "intend" and similar expressions have been used to identify these forward looking statements. These statements reflect current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management of Crombie, and include, without limitation, statements regarding the expected use of proceeds of the Offering. Forward looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties.
A number of factors, including those discussed in the 2011 annual Management Discussion and Analysis under "Risk Management", could cause actual results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and a reader should not place undue reliance on the forward looking statements. There can be no assurance that the expectations of management of Crombie will prove to be correct.
Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. Crombie can give no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.
SOURCE: CROMBIE REIT
For further information:
Mr. Glenn Hynes, FCA
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary