TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 2, 2014) - DREAM Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM) ("DREAM") announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Return On Innovation Advisors Ltd. ("ROI") to acquire the right to manage the: ROI Canadian High Income Mortgage Fund (TSX:RIH.UN); ROI Canadian Mortgage Income Fund (TSX:RIL.UN); ROI Canadian Real Estate Fund (TSX:RIR.UN), and ROI Institutional Private Placement Fund, collectively "ROI Funds".
DREAM and ROI have agreed to complete a reorganization of the ROI Funds, pursuant to which all of the assets will be transferred to a newly-formed, open-ended investment trust called DREAM Alternatives Fund ("DREAM Alternatives"). Upon successful completion of the transaction, the outstanding units of the ROI Funds will be redeemed in consideration for units in DREAM Alternatives, which will be managed by a subsidiary of DREAM.
It is management's expectation that DREAM Alternatives will provide its unitholders with exposure to real estate, real estate lending, and infrastructure, including renewable power and accordingly leverage DREAM's asset management platform, track record and expertise in these areas. Management expects that upon closing, DREAM Alternatives will comprise an equity value of approximately $700 million.
The transaction is subject to the approval by the unitholders of each of the ROI Funds that are listed on the TSX at meetings of the unitholders expected to take place in June 2014. In addition to such unitholder approval, the transaction is subject to applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of certain other closing conditions customary for transactions of this nature. Subject to these approvals, the transaction is expected to close in July 2014.
Further information regarding the transaction will be contained in an information circular that ROI will prepare, file and mail to unitholders of the ROI Funds in connection with the meetings of unitholders and an accompanying prospectus of DREAM Alternatives to be filed in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, each of which is expected to be available in mid-May 2014.
DREAM is an innovative real estate manager and developer primarily focused on the commercial and residential sectors in Canada and Germany and renewable power in Canada. From its creation, DREAM has successfully identified and executed on opportunities for the benefit of the business, shareholders and clients.
DREAM provides asset management for over $13.4 billion of assets. DREAM is the asset manager for three publicly listed REIT funds in Canada including: Dundee REIT, Canada's largest office REIT, Dundee International, Canada's largest REIT that invests only outside of Canada and Dundee Industrial REIT, one of Canada's largest dedicated industrial REITs.
DREAM is also the co-manager of a $345 million infrastructure fund with a focus on wind and solar Canadian renewable power projects. The total value of these projects is about $1.3 billion including debt.
Its asset management team consists of 178 real estate professionals with backgrounds in property management, architecture, engineering, construction, finance, accounting, sales and marketing and law. The team brings experience from virtually all the major real estate organizations in Canada and has expertise in capital markets, structured finance, real estate investments and management across a broad spectrum of property types in diverse geographic markets. It carries out its own research and analysis, financial modeling, due diligence and financial planning. DREAM has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities. DREAM has completed over $17 billion of commercial real estate transactions over the last 20 years. Website: www.dream.ca
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond DREAM's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to general and local economic and business conditions, employment levels, regulatory risks, mortgage rates and regulations, environmental risks, consumer confidence, seasonality, adverse weather conditions, reliance on key clients and personnel and competition. All forward looking information in this press release speaks as of April 2, 2014. DREAM does not undertake to update any such forward looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information about these assumptions and risks and uncertainties is disclosed in filings with securities regulators filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).