TORONTO, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ - Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp. (the "Company"), (TSXV: FCA.U), (TSXV: FCA) is pleased to announce that it has engaged legal and tax advisors to explore the possibility of converting the Company into a real estate investment trust or "REIT" structure (a "REIT") by the end of fiscal 2019.
The Company believes a conversion into a REIT would enhance long-term shareholder value by: (i) expanding the Company's investor base and investment profile with both retail and institutional investors as a REIT structure represents the preferred Canadian structure to own income producing real estate; (ii) enhancing comparability with the Company's peers; (iii) providing a more efficient vehicle to deliver the benefits of real estate debt and equity investing from the Company's business to investors; and (iv) enhancing shareholder value by maximizing cash distributions to investors in the most tax efficient way possible. A REIT structure would not result in a change in the Company's current strategy, portfolio or operations.
Any reorganization of the Company into a REIT will be subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the shareholders of the Company. The Company will make a further announcement when the detailed terms of a reorganization are approved by the Board of Directors.
ABOUT FIRM CAPITAL AMERICAN REALTY PARTNERS CORP.
Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp. is a U.S. focused real estate investment entity that pursues real estate and debt investments through the following platforms:
- Income Producing Real Estate Investments: Acquiring income producing real estate assets in major cities across the United States. Acquisitions are completed solely by the Company or in joint-venture partnership with local industry expert partners who retain property management responsibilities; and
- Mortgage Debt Investments: Real estate debt and equity lending platform in major cities across the United States, focused on providing all forms of bridge mortgage loans and joint venture capital.
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Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
Neither the Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Additional information about the Company is available at www.firmcapital.com or www.sedar.com.
SOURCE Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp.
For further information: Eli Dadouch, Vice Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, (416) 635-0221; Sandy Poklar, Chief Financial Officer, (416) 635-0221