Summit Industrial Income REIT Sells Interests in Data Centre Projects
Generates Significant Realized Gain of $0.35 per Unit Results in Special Distribution of $0.07 per Unit Redeploying Capital into Core Light Industrial Developments & Acquisitions
Summit Industrial Income REIT ("Summit" or the "REIT") (TSX:SMU-UN.TO) announced today that it has sold its interests in its data centres in the Greater Toronto Area and downtown Montreal, Quebec for approximately $178 million. The transactions will generate a significant realized gain of approximately $42.0 million or $0.35 per Unit, as well as the repayment of related working capital loans and mezzanine loans of approximately $62.0 million. Closing of the sale transactions took place today.
Pursuant to its policy of declaring a Special Distribution of up to 20% of any realized gain on the sale of an interest in a property, Summit's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a Special Distribution of $0.07 per Unit to be paid on October 2, 2019 to Unitholders of record on September 19, 2019.
Summit also announced today that it will continue to be involved in the development of one of the data centres in the Greater Toronto Areas and the data centre in downtown Montreal, Quebec, by extending new mezzanine loans to new joint ventures with Urbacon. The new joint ventures will partner with a major Canadian Institutional investor to complete the two developments. These new mezzanine loans allow Summit to participate in potential gains when these two development projects are completed and fully leased.
"We remain opportunistic in our capital deployment and recycling strategies and determined that realizing the significant gain available on the monetization of our investments in these data centres, and reducing our mezzanine loans, will provide approximately $140.0 million in new capital to direct towards our current and future development projects and our strong pipeline of future acquisition opportunities, both in our core light industrial business," commented Paul Dykeman, Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased to announce the new Special Distribution, a reflection of our commitment to generate enhanced value for our Unitholders."
About Summit Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unincorporated open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial properties across Canada. Summit's units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our web site at www.summitIIreit.com.
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SOURCE: Summit Industrial Income REIT
Paul Dykeman, CEO at (902) 405-8813, pmdykeman@summitIIreit.com