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Canderel-Led Investor Group to Acquire Cominar in All-Cash Transaction

Canderel-Led Investor Group to Acquire Cominar in All-Cash Transaction

Cominar board unanimously recommends approval of sale to Québec-led consortium

 

Canderel Real Estate Property Inc. (“Canderel“), a privately held, Québec–based owner, manager and developer of real estate, announced that Iris Acquisition II LP (the “Purchaser“), a Québec-headquartered entity created by a Canderel-led consortium (the “Canderel Consortium“), has entered into an arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement“) with Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust (“Cominar“), pursuant to which the Purchaser will acquire Cominar, with unitholders (other than members of the consortium) receiving a consideration (the “Consideration“) of $11.75 in cash per unit (the “Transaction“). The Transaction is subject to receipt of Cominar unitholder and court approvals, required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

The Purchaser has entered into agreements to sell Cominar’s industrial portfolio to Blackstone and a portfolio comprised of certain of Cominar’s retail and office assets to Groupe Mach. The remaining assets that the Canderel Consortium will retain include retail and office properties, and development opportunities in Montreal, Ottawa and Québec City.

“This transaction will provide significant benefits to key stakeholders, including tenants of Cominar, by leveraging the resources of the Canderel platform and a Québec-led group of investors with a long-term perspective to unlock opportunities for growth and development in the communities where Cominar operates,” said Brett Miller, CEO of Canderel.

The Canderel Consortium also includes FrontFour Capital Group LLC (“FrontFour“), Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (“Artis“) and partnerships managed by the Sandpiper Group (“Sandpiper“). In addition, Koch Real Estate Investments, LLC (“KREI“), Artis and Sandpiper are providing preferred equity for the Transaction.

Cominar’s portfolio consists of 310 high-quality office, retail and industrial properties, totalling 35.7 million square feet, located in the Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa areas.

The aggregate Consideration to be paid implies an equity value and enterprise value for Cominar of approximately $2.2 billion and $5.7 billion, respectively, and represents a 16.3% premium to the 20-day volume-weighted average price per unit on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the period ending on October 22, 2021, and a 63.2% premium to the $7.20 closing unit price on September 15, 2020, the last trading day prior to the announcement of Cominar’s strategic review process.

 

An independently led formal strategic review process at Cominar

 

Following an extensive formal strategic review process overseen by a special committee of its independent trustees with the input of financial and legal advisors, the Cominar Board of Trustees (with certain Trustees recusing themselves due to a conflict and potential conflict) unanimously determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of Cominar and has recommended that the Arrangement Agreement be approved by unitholders of Cominar at a special meeting to be called for such purpose and expected to be held on or about December 21, 2021.

This recommendation is based upon several factors, including two independent fairness opinions stating that the Consideration is fair, from a financial point of view, to unitholders, as well as a formal valuation from an independent financial advisor.

“Following the extensive Strategic Review Process and based on the recommendation of the independent Trustees of the Board, we are pleased to have reached an outcome that provides immediate value to our unitholders,” said Sylvain Cossette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cominar. “Through this rigorous review process, we are confident that Canderel and their partners are well positioned to continue investing in key assets over the long-term, while also serving our valued tenants and communities.”

 

A long-term investment perspective

 

“Other than certain non-strategic assets that may be sold, our investor consortium is taking a long-term view in acquiring the Cominar portfolio and expects to leverage the complementary development, operating and asset management expertise of our respective organizations to enhance the value of, and re-develop, these high-quality holdings, as we deploy additional capital into the Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa markets, where Cominar’s portfolio properties are located,” stated Mr. Miller.

The Canderel Consortium expects the Transaction to have a minimal impact on jobs, with the majority of Cominar employees continuing in the same functions and managing the same properties. Over time, the Canderel Consortium anticipates the creation of additional employment opportunities.

 

ABOUT CANDEREL

Canderel is one of Canada’s largest privately held real estate companies. It was founded over 46 years ago by Jonathan Wener and has since grown from its base in Montreal to seven offices across Canada. Canderel owns and manages a real estate portfolio of more than 27 million square feet in Canada’s seven major markets – Québec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Its 650 real estate professionals have executed more than $15 billion in acquisitions, developments and management projects.

For more information about Canderel, please visit www.canderel.com.

 

ABOUT FRONTFOUR

FrontFour is a multi-strategy investment company based in Greenwich, Connecticut. FrontFour has a focus on value-oriented investments across both public and private markets with significant experience within the broader real estate sectors, including an accomplished track record in the Canadian market.

ABOUT ARTIS 

Artis is a diversified Canadian real estate investment trust with a portfolio of industrial, office and retail properties in Canada and the United States. Artis’ vision is to build a best-in-class asset management and investment platform focused on growing net asset value per unit and distributions for investors through value investing in real estate.

For more information about Artis, please visit www.artisreit.com.

ABOUT SANDPIPER

Sandpiper is a Vancouver-based private equity firm focused on investing in real estate through direct property investments and securities. For more information about Sandpiper, visit www.sandpipergroup.ca.

ABOUT KREI

KREI is part of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held businesses in the United States. KREI focuses its efforts on attractive risk-adjusted capital deployment into real estate assets and operating companies. KREI has an acute focus on best-in-class management teams and flexible capital solutions which align interests to drive mutual benefit with its partners. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested nearly US$133 billion in growth and improvements. With a presence in more than 70 countries, Koch companies employ 122,000 people worldwide. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,300 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

ABOUT COMINAR

Cominar is one of the largest diversified real estate investment trusts in Canada and is the largest commercial property owner in the Province of Québec. Cominar’s portfolio consists of 310 high-quality office, retail and industrial properties, totalling 35.7 million square feet located in the Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa areas. Cominar’s primary objective is to maximize total return to unitholders by way of tax-efficient distributions and maximizing the unit value through the proactive management of its portfolio.  For additional information about Cominar, please visit www.cominar.com.

iA Financial Group and Canderel sign a real estate asset management partnership

iA Financial Group and Canderel sign a real estate asset management partnership

iA Financial Group (iA) and Canderel announce today the signing of an agreement in the real estate investment sector

 

The agreement confirms that Canderel has been selected as iA Financial Group’s strategic partner and as such will be responsible for the operational management (operations and leasing) and maintenance of iA’s real estate assets in Québec. The agreement covers the operations of 16 properties– five in Montréal and 11 in Québec City, and will take effect January 1, 2022.

“This partnership aligns with our strategic plan to focus our real estate business on active management of our investments and value creation,” said Alain Bergeron, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, iA Financial Group. “We chose Canderel because we share the same vision for real estate asset performance and we both value the importance of our employees, their expertise and their career development opportunities.”

“We are delighted to welcome the talented real estate team from iA Financial Group to the Canderel family,” said Brett Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Canderel. “With the support of these dedicated and experienced employees working out of offices in Québec City and Montréal, we will be able to continue to provide a high level of service to our tenants and partners, while sustaining iA Financial Group’s long-term investment strategy.” He continued: “This property management alliance will enable our partner to confidently focus on its investment activities, knowing that its property assets will be managed with care.”

Founded in Montréal more than 45 years ago, Canderel is one of the country’s leading real estate companies. The firm, which will soon have close to 700 employees from coast to coast, has developed a comprehensive expertise and unique positioning in value creation, performance optimization and improving return on investment.

The agreement between iA Financial Group and Canderel includes a transition period during which approximately 90 employees who manage real estate assets will remain with iA Financial Group and transfer to their new employer on January 1, 2022. These employees will then work out of Canderel’s new Québec City office and existing Montréal office. During and after this transition, iA Financial Group will maintain the same high level of service to its partners and tenants.

 

Appointment of Claude Sirois

iA Financial Group also announces the appointment of Claude Sirois as Senior Vice-President, Real Estate Investments and Commercial Mortgages. Reporting to Alain Bergeron, iA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Sirois will assume responsibility for IA’s real estate holdings, which will now include investments and asset management as well as the commercial mortgages group. He will play a key role in the transition and in the management of the new business relationship with Canderel.

“I am delighted that Claude has agreed to join our team. His extensive track record and in-depth knowledge of the market, combined with his exceptional leadership skills, make him an unbeatable choice,” Mr. Bergeron noted. “Together, we will be able to enhance the performance of our real estate assets and accelerate the pace of our strategic growth in the sector.”

 

iA Financial Group Real Estate portfolio in Quebec

Property Address City
Édifices Bois-de-Coulonge 1122-26-34 Grande Allée West Québec
Édifices Bois-Fontaine 880 Sainte-Foy Rd Québec
Édifices Bois-Fontaine 930 Sainte-Foy Rd Québec
Édifice Louis-Philippe-Pigeon 1200 de l’Église St Québec
1091 Grande Allée West 1091 Grande Allée West Québec
Siège social iA Groupe financier 1080 Grande Allée West Québec
1150 Grande Allée West 1150 Grande Allée West Québec
Édifice Marly 3800 Marly St Québec
Place Québec 900 René-Lévesque Blvd East Québec
Édifice de la Solidarité 925 Grande Allée West Québec
Édifice Mérici 801 Grande Allée West Québec
2200, McGill College Ave 2200 McGill College Ave Montréal
La Tour Industrielle Alliance 2000 McGill College Ave Montréal
Carrefour Industrielle Alliance 977 St-Catherine St West Montréal
1981, McGill College Ave 1981, McGill College Ave Montréal
2020 Robert-Bourassa Blvd 2020 Robert-Bourassa Blvd Montréal

 

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2020 Sustainability Progress Report

2020 Sustainability Progress Report

We are pleased to present the 2020 Sustainability Progress Report. In such difficult and unprecedented times, Canderel remains committed to sustainable practices that have a positive impact on our environment and our communities.

This report reflects our efforts to support the evolving needs of the communities in which we operate. In 2020, we continued to leverage innovative solutions to address the unique challenges our industry/communities are facing today. Canderel remains focused on integrating environmental, social and governance aspects into our activities to promote a better future for our industry, our community, and our people. 

Click here to download the report. 

Click here to learn more about Canderel’s sustainability achievements. 

Canderel acquires prime re-development site in Lougheed Town Centre area in Burnaby, BC

Canderel acquires prime re-development site in Lougheed Town Centre area in Burnaby, BC

Transit-oriented residential and commercial re-development

 

Canderel is pleased to announce the purchase of 3965 North Road, a 57,000 sq. ft. site located at the southwest corner of North Road and Austin Road in the Lougheed Town Centre area in Burnaby, BC. Development plans include two residential towers on a commercial podium.

3965 North Road is a transit-oriented location adjacent to The City of Lougheed Shopping Centre and the Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain station, connecting multiple SkyTrain lines including the Expo, Millennium and Evergreen Lines and major road networks. North Road serves as an arterial route traveling north and south directions to the cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and New Westminster. Locally run businesses on North Road, including retail, restaurants and cafés, are also within walking distance.

“The acquisition of 3965 North Road is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Lougheed Core Area’s transformation into a vibrant neighbourhood,” says Bryce Margetts, VP Western Canada, Canderel. “We are very excited to be working on the re-development of this site to support the evolving needs of this neighbourhood.”

In addition to Canderel’s hyperlocal awareness of community needs, they bring proven expertise with multi-phased mixed-use projects in tight urban pockets. This includes DNA on King West, award-winning Residences of College Park at Bay and College, which includes a 1.9-acre park, and the master planned Tour des Canadiens in downtown Montreal. Canderel is also launching Luxe, a mixed use residential office project in partnership with Townline Homes in Richmond with sales beginning summer 2021.

Canderel will be working on the rezoning process with the City of Burnaby and the designs for the residential buildings and commercial podium in the coming months.

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Canderel acquires prime corner of Bathurst and St. Clair, expanding their neighbourhood-focused approach for Toronto

Canderel acquires prime corner of Bathurst and St. Clair, expanding their neighbourhood-focused approach for Toronto

Master-planned block to include new public park and daycare

 

Building off the momentum of Canderel’s St.Clair Village, currently under construction at 900 St. Clair West, Canderel is pleased to announce the purchase of 490 St. Clair Avenue West, a 1.91 acre site located at the northeast intersection of St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street in mid-town Toronto. Development plans include three residential towers, retail at-grade, a new public park and a daycare.

490 St. Clair West is a transit-oriented location adjacent to a major Loblaw’s supermarket and St. Clair West Subway, connecting commuters to the Financial District in less than 12 minutes. With an east-west dedicated streetcar route right outside its door, it is also a gateway intersection to many of Toronto’s most coveted ravine trails and neighbourhoods, such as Forest Hill, Cedarvale, and Wychwood. Locally run businesses on St. Clair West, including retail, restaurants and cafés, are also within walking distance.

“The acquisition of 490 St. Clair West is a fantastic opportunity to revitalize a prominent corner that has been vacant for many years,” says Ben Rogowski, COO, Canderel. “We are excited about the potential of this site because we will be able to build a complete community in a part of the city we are already working in and know quite well. With increasing demand for public outdoor spaces and childcare, we look forward to working with the city and agency partners to create amenities that support the evolving needs of this neighbourhood.”

In addition to Canderel’s hyperlocal awareness of community needs, they bring proven expertise with multi-phased mixed-use projects in tight urban pockets. This includes DNA on King West, award-winning Residences of College Park at Bay and College, which includes a 1.9-acre park, and the master planned Tour des Canadiens in downtown Montreal.

“The look and feel of the retail and public spaces, and how they are integrated into the urban fabric is going to be a very exciting improvement to this vital intersection. Our vision for this site is that it becomes a new community hub, serving the needs of the communities that live in and around St. Clair West,” says Rogowski.

With the site already zoned, Canderel will be working on updated designs for the residential buildings and retail in the coming months. KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund LP will be contributing a portion of the debt financing to the project continuing its long standing relationship with Canderel, bringing some of Toronto’s most exciting projects to life.

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Brett Miller discusses main issues and challenges facing Covid-19 for the office building market

Brett Miller discusses main issues and challenges facing Covid-19 for the office building market

Canderel CEO Brett Miller joined other industry experts to discuss main issues and challenges facing Covid-19 for the office building market as part of a panel discussion hosted by the Studio IDU and moderated by Marie-France Benoit, Senior Director of Strategic Development at Group Altus.

Click here to view (in French only) this timely and interesting panel discussion featuring several industry expert panelists:

Brett Miller – CEO, Canderel 

Pierre Charest – Senior Vice President, Colliers International 

Raynald Lachance – Vice President, Property Management, BentallGreenOak

This panel discussion touches on the various panelist views on the current situation for the office sector, the challenges that have been faced over the past months and trends they see emerging from or being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click here to get in touch with our team of experts and learn more about the protocols and initiatives that Canderel has put in place in our office spaces during the COVID-19 crisis.