Granite Real Estate Investment Trust Announces C$200 Million Bought Deal Equity Offering
October 22, 2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (“Granite” or the “REIT”) (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) announced today that it and Granite REIT Inc. have entered into an agreement to sell to a syndicate of underwriters (the “Underwriters”) on a bought deal basis 3,125,000 stapled units (“Units”) at a price of C$64.00 per Unit (the “Offering Price”) for gross proceeds of approximately C$200 million (the “Offering”). In addition, the REIT and Granite REIT Inc. have granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 30 days following closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 468,750 Units at the Offering Price to cover over-allotments, if any (the “Over-Allotment Option”) which, if exercised in full, would increase the gross proceeds of the Offering to approximately C$230 million. Each Unit is comprised of one trust unit of the REIT and one common share of Granite REIT Inc. The Offering is expected to close on or about October 31, 2019 and is subject to certain customary conditions including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The REIT intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to partially fund Granite’s recent acquisitions announced on October 21, 2019, commitments under the REIT’s existing development projects, potential future acquisitions and for general trust purposes.
Kevan Gorrie, Granite’s President and CEO, commented that, “The equity raised in the offering positions the REIT to continue to execute on our robust acquisition and development pipeline in North America and Europe, while allowing us to maintain our conservative balance sheet position. As evidenced by our acquisitions announced yesterday, the REIT is committed to acquiring and developing a portfolio of high quality distribution and logistics assets within our target markets.”
The Units will be offered in Canada pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed under Granite’s base shelf prospectus dated September 12, 2019. The prospectus supplement will be filed with the securities commissions and other similar regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada.
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of industrial, warehouse and logistics properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns over 80 rental income properties representing approximately 38.5 million square feet of leasable area.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States. The securities to be offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents about Granite are available through the internet on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which can be accessed at www.sec.gov.
For further information, please contact Teresa Neto, Chief Financial Officer, at 647-925-7560 or Andrea Sanelli, Manager, Legal & Investor Services, at 647-925- 7504.
Forward Looking Statements
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