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Primaris Retail REIT is buying a portfolio of shopping centres in Edmonton and Medicine Hat, Alta. (Igor Stepovik/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Primaris Retail REIT is buying a portfolio of shopping centres in Edmonton and Medicine Hat, Alta. (Igor Stepovik/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Primaris Retail REIT announced Friday that it is buying a portfolio of shopping centres in Edmonton and Medicine Hat, Alta. for $377-million.

The real estate investment trust says it will acquire nine properties owned by Sherwood Park Mall Ltd., Markalta Developments Ltd. and Sleeping Bay Building Corp.

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Primaris is the target of a friendly takeover offer by H&R REIT that followed a hostile, and ongoing, bid from a group led by KingSett Capital.

The assets in the deal announced Friday include two enclosed regional shopping centres, including an adjacent professional building, five unenclosed strip plazas, one single tenant retail building and 1.8 hectares of development land.

Major properties are Medicine Hat Mall in Medicine Hat and Sherwood Park Mall, Edmonton.

Other Medicine Hat properties include Trans-Canada Plaza, Scotia Plaza, Carry Drive Plaza, Dunmore Plaza and Park Plaza. In Edmonton, Primaris is also acquiring Sherwood Park Plaza and the development land.

“We are very pleased to extend Primaris’s reach in Western Canada,” CEO John Morrison said in a release.

“Medicine Hat Mall and Sherwood Park Mall are both quality assets that are dominant in their trade areas. Primaris’s acquisition of these assets compliments our existing Alberta presence in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge, and broadens our visibility and reach in Western Canada.”

Primaris said it expects to pay for the properties, including closing costs, through $339-million of vendor financing and a credit facility of $41-million.

The H&R takeover offer for Primaris, which topped the earlier hostile bid by KingSett, is in the form of cash and shares valued at $28 per unit when announced. However, the cash portion has been capped at $700-million and the equity portion – based on a 20-day average price of $23.99 per H&R unit – is subject to market fluctuations.

The KingSett group remains steadfast with its offer of $26 per unit in cash for the trust.

H&R’s deal with Primaris also comes with a controversial break fee valued at $106.6-million, which includes the option to acquire the Dufferin Mall and certain other Yonge Street properties in Toronto owned by Primaris, priced at an aggregate $36.6-million discount to the appraised values.

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