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TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust (âSmartCentresâ) (TSX:SRU.UN) announced today that it has closed its previously announced private placement of $450 million aggregate principal amount of Series U senior unsecured debentures. The Series U debentures carry a coupon of 3.526% and will mature on December 20, 2029. The debentures were offered by a syndicate of agents with Scotia Capital as the lead left bookrunner, RBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, National Bank Financial and TD Securities as joint bookrunners and co-leads, and Desjardins Securities, HSBC Securities (Canada), Canaccord Genuity, Raymond James, Casgrain, iA Securities, and Stifel Nicolaus Canada as co-managers. DBRS Limited has provided SmartCentres with a credit rating of BBB (high) with a stable trend relating to the debentures.
The net proceeds to SmartCentres from the sale of the Series U debentures will be used to (i) repay outstanding bank debt, (ii) repay property-level secured debt, (iii) fund a potential property acquisition to facilitate mixed use development (approximately $109 million), and (iv) for general trust purposes.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in any jurisdiction. The debentures offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and state securities laws. Accordingly, the debentures may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons except pursuant to applicable exemptions from registration requirements.
SmartCentres is one of Canadaâs largest real estate investment trusts with total assets of approximately $9.7 billion. It owns and manages in excess of 34.0 million square feet in value-oriented, principally Walmart-anchored retail centres, having the strongest national and regional retailers as well as strong neighbourhood merchants. In addition, SmartCentres is a joint-venture partner in the Premium Outlets locations in Toronto and Montreal with Simon Property Group.
SmartCentres continues to grow its portfolio to include residential (single-family, condominium and rental), retirement homes, office, and self-storage with an additional $12.1 billion ($5.5 billion at SmartCentresâ share) 59.3 million square feet (27.9 million square feet at SmartCentresâ share) in expected intensification and developments to commence over the next five years. This growth will occur on its large urban properties such as SmartVMC at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre or as additional intensified uses to its well-located existing shopping centres. For more information on SmartCentres, visit www.smartcentres.com.
Certain statements in this press release are âforward-looking statementsâ that reflect managementâs expectations regarding SmartCentres future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. More specifically, certain statements including, but not limited to, statements related to the anticipated use of proceeds of the offering, SmartCentres expected or planned development plans and joint venture projects, including the described type, scope, costs and other financial metrics; and statements that contain words such as âcouldâ, âshouldâ, âcanâ, âanticipateâ, âexpectâ, âbelieveâ, âwillâ, âmayâ and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, constitute âforward-looking statementsâ. These forward-looking statements are presented for the purpose of assisting Unitholders and financial analysts to understand SmartCentres development potential and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such forward-looking statements reflect managementâs current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management.
However, such forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including risks associated with potential acquisitions not being completed or not being completed on the contemplated terms, real property ownership and development, debt and equity financing for development, interest and financing costs, construction and development risks, ability to obtain commercial and municipal consents for development. These risks and others are more fully discussed under the heading âRisks and Uncertaintiesâ and elsewhere in the SmartCentres most recent MD&A, as well as under the heading âRisk Factorsâ in SmartCentres âmost recent annual information form. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, including those discussed under the heading âOutlookâ and elsewhere in SmartCentresâ MD&A, SmartCentres cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. These forward-looking statements are made as at the date of this press release and SmartCentres assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances unless otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.
Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to: a stable retail environment; relatively low and stable interest costs; a continuing trend toward land use intensification, including residential development in urban markets and , continued growth along transportation nodes; access to equity and debt capital markets to fund, at acceptable costs, future capital requirements and to enable our refinancing of debts as they mature; that requisite consents for development will be obtained in the ordinary course, construction and permitting costs consistent with the past year and recent inflation trends.
For more information, please contact:
(905) 326-6400 ext. 7674
President & CEO
(905) 326-6400 ext. 7615
Chief Financial Officer
(905) 326-6400 ext. 7865