Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (the “REIT”) (TSX:ACR.UN) announced today the closing of its previously announced disposition of a portion of the REIT’s Consumers Road office complex in Toronto, Ontario (“Parkway Place”).
The transaction involved the disposition of the REIT’s partnership interest in 165 Yorkland LP, a limited partnership established by the REIT to own a car dealership and corporate head office at Parkway Place pursuant to a lease agreement with Porsche Cars Canada Ltd. The REIT disposed of its partnership interest for approximately $42.2 million before transaction costs, working capital adjustments and holdbacks. Certain proceeds from the disposition were used to repay the REIT’s construction facility in respect of the project and the remaining proceeds will be used by the REIT to complete the development of a retail and parking facility servicing Parkway Place.
This transaction is another significant step forward in the REIT’s strategy of value creation at Parkway Place. Additionally, the REIT expects the new covered parking facility and retail amenities to have a meaningful positive impact on the office component at Parkway Place going forward.
On the retail leasing front, positive leasing momentum continues as the REIT currently has leases in place and binding offers covering approximately 21,000 square feet of the approximate 42,000 square feet being constructed. The REIT is in leasing discussions with several other prospective retail tenants regarding the remaining available space.
“The REIT remains focused on executing its overall business strategy,” said Frank Camenzuli, the REIT’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited about the completion of this transaction and the value created for the REIT’s unitholders. This disposition further advances the REIT’s strategic initiatives and we expect further value to be created in the near-term from our Parkway Place assets.”
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About Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust
The REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT has been created for the purpose of acquiring and owning industrial, office and retail properties in select target markets in the United States and Canada.
The REIT’s 44 properties contain approximately 7.0 million square feet of gross leasable area, with the REIT’s ownership interest at approximately 6.7 million square feet. The properties are located in major urban markets in the United States and Canada.
Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust
Frank Camenzuli, CEO
Tel: 416-593-6800 x226