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TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: TNT.UN) is pleased to announce it has closed the acquisition of an office property located at 36 and 38 Solutions Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia (the "Halifax Property").
"During the past twelve months the REIT has successfully raised over $100 million through public unit offerings and has strategically deployed the proceeds to partially fund the acquisition of eight geographically diverse high-quality office properties totaling 720,080 rentable square feet," said Daniel Drimmer, the REIT's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With this latest acquisition, we are pleased to enter the Halifax market and execute on our objectives and core strategies while delivering value to our unitholders."
The Halifax Property is comprised of two low-rise Class "A" office buildings (commonly known as Ravine Centre I and II) in one of Halifax's most accessible and fastest developing urban nodes. The buildings are situated on 10.1 acres, featuring 129,200 rentable square feet with 380 parking stalls. The Halifax Property has achieved BOMA BEST Bronze certification at Ravine Centre I and LEED Gold certification at Ravine Centre II. The Halifax Property features immediate access to Highway 102 (the arterial highway leading into downtown Halifax), the Lacewood Drive interchange and Halifax transit service. With an average remaining lease term of 4.6 years, the buildings are 95% occupied, 73.4% occupied by credit-rated tenants. The $31.3 million purchase price for the Halifax Property was satisfied by: (i) mortgage financing of approximately $20.3 million, with an annual interest rate of 3.21% for a five-year term; and (ii) cash on hand.
The REIT also announced today its November 2017 monthly cash distribution in the amount of $0.0495 per trust unit ("Unit"), payable on December 15, 2017 to holders of Units of record at November 30, 2017.
Unitholders can participate in the REIT's unitholder Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP"). Eligible investors registered in the DRIP will have their monthly cash distributions used to purchase additional Units, at a 3% discount to the weighted average closing price of the Units, for the five trading days immediately preceding the date of distribution declared by the REIT. No assurances can be made that new Units will be made available under the DRIP on a regular basis, or at all. The DRIP provides an efficient and cost-effective way for the REIT to issue additional equity to existing unitholders.
About the REIT
The REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT currently owns and operates a portfolio of 38 commercial properties consisting of approximately 2.7 million square feet in urban cities and select secondary markets across Canada focusing on long term leases with government and credit-rated tenants.
The REIT is focused on growing its portfolio principally through acquisitions across Canada and such other jurisdictions where opportunities exist. Additional information concerning the REIT is available at www.sedar.com or the REIT's website at www.truenorthreit.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the REIT's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking information may relate to future results, performance, achievements, events, prospects or opportunities for the REIT or the real estate industry and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected costs, capital expenditures, financial results, taxes, plans and objectives of or involving the REIT. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by such terms as "may", "might", "will", "could", "should", "would", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "seek", "aim", "estimate", "target", "goal", "project", "predict", "forecast", "potential", "continue", "likely", or the negative thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, assumptions may not be correct and objectives, strategic goals and priorities may not be achieved. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the REIT's control, affect the operations, performance and results of the REIT and its business, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to, risks related to the Units and risks related to the REIT 's annual information form and management's discussion and analysis at "Risks and Uncertainties". The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.
Information contained in forward-looking statements 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 believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including the following: the Canadian economy will remain stable over the next 12 months; inflation will remain relatively low; interest rates will remain stable; conditions within the real estate market, including competition for acquisitions, will be consistent with the current climate; the Canadian capital markets will provide the REIT with access to equity and/or debt at reasonable rates when required; Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc. will continue its involvement as asset manager of the REIT in accordance with its current asset management agreement; and the risks referenced above, collectively, will not have a material impact on the REIT. While management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on currently available information, they may prove to be incorrect.
The forward-looking statements made relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Except as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the REIT undertakes no 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.
SOURCE True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust
For further information: Daniel Drimmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, (416) 234-8444; Tracy Sherren, Chief Financial Officer, (416) 234-8444