TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — European Residential Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX-V:ERE.UN, âERESâ) announced today that it has closed on the sale of the previously announced disposition of its commercial property in DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany (the âDÃ¼sseldorf Propertyâ) to an armâs length third party purchaser. The sale price of the DÃ¼sseldorf Property of â¬16.9 million has been satisfied with cash from the purchaser, of which the REIT intends to use the net proceeds to reinvest in multi-residential assets after settlement of the outstanding mortgage with a principal balance of approximately â¬7.0 million and associated interest rate swap, and other disposition costs.
The DÃ¼sseldorf Property consists of approximately 5,436 square metres of gross leasable area and currently has eight units, of which 100% are occupied upon closing of the sale. A disposition fee of approximately â¬169,000 has been incurred in connection to the sale, representing 1.0% of total gross proceeds pursuant to the REITâs amended asset management agreement.
âAs we evolve in pursuit of our multi-residential growth strategy, we continue to make strategic alignments and capitalize on opportunities that enhance the value of ERES,â commented Phillip Burns, CEO of ERES. âWe will invest the proceeds from the sale into accretive growth opportunities in the quarters aheadâ.
ERES is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. ERESâs Units are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ERE.UN. ERES is Canadaâs only European-focused multi-residential REIT, with a current initial focus on investing in high-quality multi-residential real estate properties in the Netherlands. ERES owns a portfolio of 131 multi-residential properties, comprised of 5,632 suites and ancillary retail space located in the Netherlands, and owns one office property in Germany and one office property in Belgium.
ERESâs registered and principal business office is located at 11 Church Street, Suite 401, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W1.
For more information, please visit our website at www.eresreit.com.
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Mr. Phillip Burns
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Scott Cryer
Chief Financial Officer
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