Skyline Apartment REIT Acquires $81.4M Cooperators Portfolio
September 17, 2008 - Press Release
Guelph, ON, Sept. 18, 2008 – Guelph-based Skyline is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition of six commercial properties from The Co-operators Group on behalf of Skyline Apartment REIT at a purchase price of $81,400,000. The deal features 480,861 sq ft of office space including three buildings in Guelph, Ontario, and one in each of St. John’s, Newfoundland; Quebec City, Quebec; and Regina, Saskatchewan.
The acquisition represents Skyline’s first foothold in communities outside of Ontario positioning the company for further expansion beyond its traditional investing grounds of Ontario. The company now has properties in 26 communities across 4 Canadian provinces.
The Co-operators will remain the core tenant, having signed a 15-year lease for 90% of the total space in the properties. The remaining space is fully leased with high-quality retail, professional, and office tenants.
This acquisition nearly triples the office space in Skyline’s portfolio. “We’re happy to now have these assets under management and under the ownership of the REIT,” said Jason Castellan, CEO of Skyline. “Knowing that we were entering into a 15-year sale-leaseback ensures a long term, stable return for our investors, while aligning ourselves with a well respected national company in the Co-operators.”
About The Co-operators:
Based in Guelph, Ontario, The Co-operators is a group of Canadian companies offering home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products and property development. With assets of more than $7 billion, The Co-operators is owned by a group of Canadian co-operatives, credit union centrals, and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community involvement and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada.
About Skyline Apartment REIT
Skyline Apartment REIT (the “REIT”) is a privately owned and managed portfolio of primarily multi-residential properties, focused on acquiring both established and newly developed properties in secondary and tertiary communities across Canada.
Skyline Apartment REIT is distributed as an alternative investment product through Skyline Wealth Management Inc. (“Skyline Wealth”), the preferred Exempt Market Dealer for the REIT. It is also available on Fundserv (Code: RBS2400).
Skyline Apartment REIT is committed to providing best in class apartment suites and service to its residential tenants, while surfacing value with a goal to deliver stable returns to its investors.
To learn about additional alternative investment products offered through Skyline Wealth, please visit SkylineWealth.ca.
Skyline Apartment REIT is operated and managed by Skyline Group of Companies.
For media inquiries, please contact:Jeff Stirling
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Skyline Group of Companies
5 Douglas Street, Suite 301
Guelph, ON N1H 2S8
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