TORONTO, May 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (âGraniteâ or âthe REITâ) (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) announced today that it and Granite REIT Inc. have entered into an agreement to sell to a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc. (the âUnderwritersâ) on a bought deal basis 3,700,000 stapled units (âUnitsâ) at a price of C$68.00 per Unit (the âOffering Priceâ) for gross proceeds of approximately C$252 million (the âOfferingâ). In addition, the REIT and Granite REIT Inc. have granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 30 days following closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 555,000 Units at the Offering Price to cover over-allotments, if any (the “Over-Allotment Option”) which, if exercised in full, would increase the gross proceeds of the Offering to approximately C$289 million. Each Unit is comprised of one trust unit of the REIT and one common share of Granite REIT Inc. The Offering is expected to close on or about June 2, 2020 and is subject to certain customary conditions including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The REIT intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to fund potential future acquisitions and commitments under the REITâs existing development projects and for general trust purposes.
Kevan Gorrie, Graniteâs President and CEO, commented that, âThe proceeds from the equity offering position the REIT to continue to execute on high-quality acquisition opportunities, including some of which that are in advanced negotiations with vendors and that are consistent with our stated strategy. Our acquisition pipeline remains robust at pricing levels we view as attractive within the current market backdrop, and we see positive momentum for industrial sector fundamentals. The offering allows us to maintain our strong balance sheet position with estimated pro forma liquidity of approximately C$960 million.â
The Units will be offered in Canada pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed under Graniteâs short form base shelf prospectus dated September 12, 2019. The prospectus supplement will be filed with the securities commissions and other similar regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Further to the REITâs previous updates on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations, the status of rent collection for April and May and requests for deferral or abatement as at May 26, 2020 is summarized below:
- The REIT has received 98% of May rent due (compared to 95% as at May 13th, 2020) and received 99% of April rent due;
- Requests have been received for deferrals of rent from 11 tenants for a weighted average period of 3.7 months and for rent abatements from 7 tenants for a weighted average period of 2.9 months, combined totaling approximately $7.3 million, representing approximately 2.6% of Graniteâs total portfolio based on annualized revenue (1); and
- No rent deferrals or rent abatements have been granted to date and Granite is currently in discussion with all tenants in arrears.
(1) Annualized revenue is calculated as rental revenue excluding tenant recoveries, for the month of March 2020, recognized in accordance with IFRS, multiplied by 12 months.
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of logistics, warehouse and industrial properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns over 90 rental income properties representing approximately 40.3 million square feet of leasable area.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States. The securities to be offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the âU.S. Securities Actâ), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents about Granite are available through the internet on the Canadian Securities Administratorsâ Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commissionâs Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which can be accessed at www.sec.gov.
For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Teresa Neto, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7560 or Andrea Sanelli, Manager, Legal & Investor Services, at 647-925-7504.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release may contain statements that, to the extent they are not recitations of historical fact, constitute âforward-looking statementsâ or âforward-looking informationâ within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information may include, among others, statements regarding the expected closing date of the Offering, Graniteâs intended use of the net proceeds of the Offering to fund potential future acquisitions and commitments under the REITâs existing development projects and for general trust purposes, Graniteâs intention and ability to make future investments and acquisitions on satisfactory terms, Graniteâs pro forma liquidity position assuming completion of the Offering, and Graniteâs plans, goals, strategies, intentions, beliefs, estimates, costs, objectives, economic performance, expectations, or foresight or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as âmayâ, âwouldâ, âcouldâ, âwillâ, âlikelyâ, âexpectâ, âanticipateâ, âbelieveâ, âintendâ, âplanâ, âforecastâ, âprojectâ, âestimateâ, âseekâ, âobjectiveâ and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information should not be read as guarantees of the closing of the Offering, Graniteâs intended use of the net proceeds of the Offering, Graniteâs intention and ability to acquire and develop properties on satisfactory terms, or other events, performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or the times at or by which future events or performance will be achieved. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on information available at the time and/or managementâs good faith assumptions and analyses made in light of its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors management believes are appropriate in the circumstances, and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond Graniteâs control, that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the risks set forth in the annual information form of Granite Real Estate Investment Trust and Granite REIT Inc. dated March 4, 2020 (the âAnnual Information Formâ) and managementâs discussion and analysis of results of operations and financial position for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (âQ1 MD&Aâ). The âRisk Factorsâ section of the Annual Information Form and the Q1 MD&A also contain information about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information speak only as of the date the statements and information were made and unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Granite expressly disclaims any intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained in this press release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise.