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Morguard North American Residential REIT Announces Completion of Previously Announced Public Offering of $150.7 Million of Trust Units

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Morguard North American Residential REIT Announces Completion of Previously Announced Public Offering of $150.7 Million of Trust Units08:24 EDT Wednesday, September 12, 2012/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OR OVER UNITED STATES WIRE SERVICES/TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Morguard North American Residential Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: MRG.UN) announced today that the REIT has completed its previously announced public offering, on a bought deal basis, of 12,720,000 trust units (the "Units") at a price of $11.85 per Unit (the "Offering") representing gross proceeds of $150,732,000. The Offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities, and including CIBC, BMO Capital Markets, Scotiabank, HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Dundee Securities Ltd. and National Bank Financial Inc.The REIT intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to repay indebtedness,fund future acquisitions and for general trust purposes.As part of the transaction, Morguard Corporation purchased approximately $50 million of the Units being offered, being 4,220,000 Units, at the offering price. Morguard Corporation currently holds an approximate 56.1% effective interest in the REIT through ownership of Units and all of the Class B LP Units of the limited partnership.Copies of the REIT's short form prospectus are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.The Units have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, "U.S. persons" (as defined in Regulation S under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended). This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Units in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons.About Morguard North American Residential REITThe REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT has been formed to own multi-unit residential properties in Canada and the United States. The REIT indirectly owns multi-unit residential properties in Canada and the United States, consisting of interests in 6,376 residential suites that are located in Ontario, Alberta, Louisiana and Florida.Forward-Looking InformationCertain information in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the outlook for the REIT's business results of operations. Forward-looking statements use the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "may," "should," "intend," "estimate" and other similar terms, which do not relate to historical matters. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Such factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, the availability of new competitive supply of residential real estate that may become available either through construction or sublease, the REIT's ability to maintain occupancy and to lease or re-lease space on a timely basis at current or anticipated rates, tenant bankruptcies, financial difficulties and defaults, changes in interest rates, changes in operating costs, the REIT's ability to obtain adequate insurance coverage at a reasonable cost and the availability of financing. The REIT believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, the REIT can give no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, the REIT disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers should be cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements.SOURCE: Morguard North American Residential Real Estate Investment TrustFor further information: K. (Rai) Sahi Chief Executive Officer  (905) 281-3800  Beverley G. Flynn General Counsel & Secretary (905) 281-3800