OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 6, 2016) –
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InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:IIP.UN) (“InterRent”) announced today that it is continuing to execute on its capital recycling program by entering into an unconditional agreement to sell the REIT’s properties in Sarnia, Ontario and a property in Niagara Falls, Ontario. As previously announced, InterRent has been actively pursuing an asset allocation strategy of monetizing value created by the REIT in smaller non-core markets and recycling capital into core growth markets.
Totaling 415 suites, the portfolio of properties located at 811-817, 835, and 849 Devine Street, 225 & 233 Capel Street, and 125 College Street, Sarnia, Ontario, and 5552 Heritage Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario are being sold for $32.1 million, or approximately $77,350 per suite. The transaction is expected to be completed in July of this year with net proceeds from the disposition of approximately $13.9 million.
The sale of these properties, together with the recently announced dispositions in Kingston, Belleville, Brantford and Brampton, brings the total sales in 2016 to 876 suites, while during the same period InterRent has added 545 suites to core markets with the acquisitions of 127 suites in Montreal and 418 suites in Ottawa.
“We are committed to executing on the REIT’s strategy of recycling capital from our non-core properties and redeploying those funds into new repositioning opportunities within our core markets. We believe that this strategy will provide greater opportunities for scale, long-term growth and value creation for our Unitholders,” said Mike McGahan, CEO.
InterRent REIT is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust engaged in increasing Unitholder value and creating a growing and sustainable distribution through the acquisition and ownership of multi-residential properties.
InterRent’s strategy is to expand its portfolio primarily within markets that have exhibited stable market vacancies, sufficient suites available to attain the critical mass necessary to implement an efficient portfolio management structure and, offer opportunities for accretive acquisitions.
InterRent’s primary objective is to use the proven industry experience of the Trustees, Management and Operational Team to: (i) provide Unitholders with stable and growing cash distributions from investments in a diversified portfolio of multi-residential properties; (ii) enhance the value of the assets and maximize long-term Unit value through the active management of such assets; and (iii) expand the asset base and increase Distributable Income through accretive acquisitions.
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Brad Cutsey, CFA
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Curt Millar, CA
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