TORONTO, Dec. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (âRioCanâ or the âTrustâ) (TSX: REI.UN) today announced that it has agreed to issue $500 million principal amount of Series AD senior unsecured debentures (the âDebenturesâ). This issuance is RioCanâs second Green Bond offering.
The Debentures are being offered on an agency basis by a syndicate of agents co-led by TD Securities, RBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets and Scotia Capital Inc. The Debentures will be sold at par, carry a coupon rate of 1.974% per annum and mature on June 15, 2026. Subject to customary closing conditions, the offering is expected to close on December 14, 2020.
The Series AD Debentures are being issued as Green Bonds under the RioCan Green Bond Framework, which Sustainalytics, a global leader in providing ESG research and analysis, reviewed and confirmed in its independent second party opinion as being aligned with the International Capital Markets Associationâs Green Bond Principles 2018. RioCanâs Green Bond Framework and Sustainalyticsâ corresponding independent second party opinion are available on the Sustainability page of RioCanâs website, www.riocan.com, under âAbout Usâ.
RioCan intends to use an amount equal to the net proceeds of this offering to finance, in whole or in part, expenditures associated with Eligible Green Projects as described in RioCanâs Green Bond Framework. Prior to allocation of the net proceeds of this offering to Eligible Green Projects, the net proceeds may be initially utilized, in part or in full, for repayments of certain of RioCanâs credit facilities, and ultimately will be allocated to Eligible Green Projects in accordance with RioCanâs Green Bond Framework.
It is a condition of closing that DBRS Limited assign a rating of BBB (high) with a negative trend and Standard & Poorâs assign a rating of BBB for the Debentures with no negative change in outlook to the entity rating given to RioCan.
The offering is being made on a private placement basis in each of the provinces of Canada, and the Debentures will be issued pursuant to RioCanâs trust indenture dated March 8, 2005, as supplemented. The Debentures will rank equally with all other senior unsecured indebtedness of the Trust.
The Debentures being offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. The press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
RioCan is one of Canadaâs largest real estate investment trusts. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. As at September 30, 2020, our portfolio is comprised of 221 properties with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 38.4 million square feet (at RioCan’s interest) including office, residential rental and 16 development properties. To learn more about us, please visit www.riocan.com.
Forward Looking Information
This News Release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information reflects RioCanâs objectives, our strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to managementâs beliefs, estimates and intentions concerning anticipated future events or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as âoutlookâ, âobjectiveâ, âmayâ, âwillâ, âwouldâ, âexpectâ, âintendâ, âestimateâ, âanticipateâ, âbelieveâ, âshouldâ, âplanâ, âcontinueâ, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events.
Such forward-looking information reflects managementâs current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking information in this News Release is qualified by these cautionary statements.
Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCanâs current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described in the âRisks and Uncertaintiesâ section in RioCan’s MD&A for the period ended September 30, 2020 and in our most recent Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release.
Although the forward-looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with this forward-looking information.
The forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are made as of the date hereof, and should not be relied upon as representing RioCanâs views as of any date subsequent to the date of this News Release. Management undertakes no obligation, except as required by applicable law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For further information please contact:Qi TangSenior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer(416) 866-3033