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NEW GLASGOW, NS, Feb. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: CRR.UN) announced today that it entered into an agreement with a syndicate of agents, co-led by TD Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. and including BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and Scotia Capital Inc. to sell, on a best efforts, private placement basis, an additional $75 million aggregate principal amount of 3.962 percent Series B Notes (senior unsecured) (the "Additional Notes") maturing June 1, 2021. The Additional Notes were priced with an effective yield to maturity of 3.48 percent and sold at a price of $1,018.84 per $1,000.00 principal amount plus accrued interest.
The Additional Notes together with the outstanding Series B Notes will bring the total principal amount of Series B Notes outstanding to $175 million. The offering is expected to close on or about March 3, 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of necessary consents and approvals and the Series B Notes receiving a rating of at least BBB(low) with stable trend from DBRS. Proceeds from the Additional Notes offering will be used for the repayment of short term bank debt, repayment of mortgages and for general trust purposes.
Donald E. Clow, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO commented: "We are pleased with this opportunity to further strengthen our balance sheet. While the proceeds of this offering will be used primarily to repay bank indebtedness and maturing mortgages in the short term, this additional financial flexibility will allow us to fund future acquisitions, developments, and, if market conditions permit, the redemption of $60 million of 5.00% Series D convertible debentures when they become eligible for early redemption in July 2017."
The Series B Notes will be sold in Canada on a private placement basis pursuant to certain prospectus exemptions. The offer and sale of Series B Notes will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or any state securities laws, and the Series B Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this press release.
Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust ("Crombie") is an open-ended real estate investment trust established under, and governed by, the laws of the Province of Ontario. Crombie currently owns a portfolio of 280 commercial properties across Canada, comprising approximately 19.1 million square feet with a strategy to own, operate and develop a portfolio of high quality grocery and drug store anchored shopping centres, freestanding stores and mixed use developments primarily in Canada's top urban and suburban markets. More information about Crombie can be found at www.crombiereit.com.
This news release may contain forward looking statements that reflect the current expectations of management of Crombie about Crombie's future results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "continue", "may", "will", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "intend" and similar expressions have been used to identify these forward looking statements. These statements reflect current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management of Crombie, and include, without limitation, statements regarding the expected amount and timing of the offering which remains subject to the sale by the agents and may be impacted by market conditions, and statements regarding the use of financial flexibility that will result from the application of the proceeds of the offering, which may be impacted by market conditions and the future financial needs of Crombie. There is no assurance that the offering will be completed.
Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. Crombie can give no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. A number of factors, including those discussed in the Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2016 under "Risk Management", could cause actual results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and a reader should not place undue reliance on the forward looking statements. There can be no assurance that the expectations of management of Crombie will prove to be correct.
SOURCE Crombie REIT