FREDERICTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Plaza Retail REIT (PLZ.UN: TSX) ("Plaza") announced today that it intends to purchase the interests of several of its equity partners in eight properties located in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Plaza currently owns interests in each of the properties of between 43% and 85%, and following the purchase it will own between 86% and 100% of each. The net purchase price (after assumption of debt) of $6.1 million will be satisfied by the issuance of 1,319,000 exchangeable limited partnership ("LP") units of a subsidiary LP at a price of $4.60 per unit, which would be exchangeable at any time into units of Plaza. The transaction is accretive to Plaza's funds from operations and cash flow.
The issuance of exchangeable LP units is subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the purchases are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary conditions. Closing is anticipated to occur before the end of the year.
Plaza is an open-ended real estate investment trust and is a leading retail property owner and developer, particularly in Eastern Canada. Plaza's current portfolio includes interests in 312 properties totaling approximately 6.7 million square feet across Canada and additional lands held for development. Plaza's properties include a mix of strip plazas, stand-alone small box retail outlets and enclosed shopping centres, anchored by approximately 90% national tenants.
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SOURCE: Plaza Retail REIT
For further information: on Plaza Retail REIT, visit our website at www.plaza.ca; or contact: Michael Zakuta, President and Chief Executive Officer, at (514) 457-0997 or Kim Sharpe, Director, Business Development, at (506) 451-1826