TORONTO, June 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX: DRM) (âDreamâ, âthe Companyâ or âweâ) today provided a business update on transactional and operational activity for the month of June 2020.
Dream has now closed on the sale of its indirect interest in a renewable power portfolio to Potentia Renewables Inc. In addition, we are near completion of the re-financing of the Distillery District, which comprises 395,000 sf of commercial and retail GLA in downtown Toronto. In aggregate, these transactions will generate cash of $130 million for Dream, which will be used to pay down corporate level debt and provide additional liquidity for the Company.
We are pleased to announce that Dream has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in a portfolio of apartments located in Dallas, Texas, expected to close in early July 2020 (the âDallas Acquisitionâ). The 1,200-unit portfolio will be acquired alongside Pauls Corp. for approximately $150,000 per unit, for a total investment of $15 million USD, after assuming agency debt and mezzanine financing at Dreamâs share. Our current intent is to hold the portfolio for the long-term, which may become the seed investment for our recently announced private equity arm, Dream Equity Partners. Through the launch of Dream Equity Partners, we intend to leverage our core competencies in managing and developing office, multifamily, industrial and mixed-use assets in Canada, the United States and Europe focused on core, core-plus and value-add investments.
Dream has approved the commencement of servicing of the first phase of Alpine Park, within Providence, located in the south west of Calgary. We consider this to be a significant milestone for Dream as the first phase of Alpine Park was originally acquired in 1997. Based on current market assumptions, we expect initial phases of Alpine Park to generate income between 2021 â 2026 and cash of approximately $70 million. The first phase of servicing will require an additional $35 million of cash and we anticipate having $36 million of committed sales by the end of June 2020. Our initial phases of Alpine Park comprise 136 acres of Dreamâs total 1,600-acre landholding within Providence. Over the last few years we have reduced working capital in Western Canada, bringing in a majority partner in Glacier Ridge, selling parcels, lots and houses, and selectively starting communities that are quickly cash flow positive. We have generated approximately $60 million of cash from Western Canada in 2020 and expect, over time, to earn profits and generate cash flow while reducing our overall investment in the 9,100 acres of land within this division.
Our development projects continue to progress steadily despite the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with prior guidance, we anticipate further occupancy income and final unit closings to occur in 2020 at Riverside Square, BT Towns, Canary Block and Kanaal, our condominium projects located in downtown Toronto and Ottawa. In addition, we continue to make progress on the development of our income properties including: Block 211 of Zibi, which has been leased to the Federal Government of Canada and will be completed by late 2021; our Brighton Village Centre purpose-built rental building in our master-planned community of Holmwood in Saskatoon; and Block 8 within our West Don Lands development, all of which will further increase the value of our best-in-class income properties upon completion. For further details on our projects under development, refer to the Summary of Dreamâs Assets and Holdings section of our Managementâs Discussion and Analysis for the first quarter of 2020.
Annual General Meeting
Dreamâs Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held in a virtual only meeting via live audio webcast on June 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm (EST). Instructions for attending and voting at the meeting are included in the Companyâs Notice of Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders and Management Information Circular dated May 15, 2020 available at www.dream.ca and on www.sedar.com.
About Dream Unlimited Corp.
Dream is a leading developer of exceptional office and residential assets in Toronto, owns stabilized income generating assets in both Canada and the U.S., and has an established and successful asset management business, inclusive of $9 billion of assets under management across three Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) listed trusts and numerous partnerships. We also develop land and residential assets in Western Canada for immediate sale. Dream expects to generate more recurring income in the future as its urban development properties are completed and held for the long term. Dream has a proven track record for being innovative and for our ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities. A comprehensive overview of our holdings is included in the “Summary of Dream’s Assets & Holdings” section of our MD&A.
Dream Unlimited Corp.
|Meaghan Peloso||Kim Lefever|
|VP & Chief Accounting Officer||Director, Investor Relations|
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