Fortis Inc.
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Fortis Inc.

September 29, 2014 11:03 ET

Fortis Inc. Announces Review of Strategic Options for Fortis Properties

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) -

Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS) announced today that it will engage in a review of strategic options for its hotel and commercial real estate business, operating under its wholly owned subsidiary Fortis Properties Corporation ("Fortis Properties").

Fortis Properties, a successful, high-performing business established in 1989, owns and operates 23 hotels in eight Canadian provinces, representing over 4,400 rooms, and 2.8 million square feet of commercial and retail real estate, primarily in Atlantic Canada. Its major hotel brands include Delta, Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Ramada and Best Western, and some of its prominent real estate holdings in Atlantic Canada include Cabot Place, Maritime Centre and the Blue Cross Centre.

In 2013, Fortis Properties generated revenues of approximately $250 million and had earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately $80 million.

"Fortis, headquartered in St. John's, NL, is a leading electric and gas utility owner and operator in North America. We currently serve 3.1 million electric and gas customers in our utility businesses," says Barry Perry, President, Fortis. "The review of Fortis Properties will explore various strategic options for this non-utility subsidiary, which currently comprises approximately 3% of the Corporation's total assets," he says. Strategic options may include, but are not limited to, a sale of all or a portion of the assets, a sale of shares of Fortis Properties or an initial public offering.

Fortis has engaged CIBC World Markets Inc. and CBRE Limited as its advisors for this review. This process is expected to commence in the coming weeks and continue through the balance of 2014 and into 2015.

There can be no assurance that this review process will result in any transaction. Fortis does not currently intend to disclose further developments with respect to this process unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes the review of strategic options.

A listing of Fortis Properties' hotels and real estate holdings is attached.

About Fortis

Fortis is a leader in the North American electric and gas utility business, with total assets approaching $25 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding $4 billion. Its regulated utilities account for approximately 93% of total assets and serve 3.1 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation's non-utility investment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada. For more information, visit www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.

Forward Looking Information

Fortis includes forward-looking information in this media release within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada ("forward-looking information"). The purpose of the forward-looking information is to provide management's expectations regarding results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities, and it may not be appropriate for other purposes. All forward-looking information is given pursuant to the safe harbour provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation. The words "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "will", "would" and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words. The forward-looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on assumptions developed using information currently available to the Corporation's management. Although Fortis believes that the forward-looking statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. For additional information on risk factors that have the potential to affect the Corporation, reference should be made to the Corporation's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and to the heading "Business Risk Management" in the Corporation's annual and quarterly Management Discussion and Analysis. Except as required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking information as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.

Property Holdings

Hospitality Holdings
Newfoundland and Labrador
Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre St. John's
Holiday Inn St. John's-Government Centre St. John's
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland St. John's
Mount Peyton Hotel Grand Falls-Windsor
Greenwood Inn and Suites Corner Brook Corner Brook
Nova Scotia
Holiday Inn Sydney-Waterfront Sydney
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
New Brunswick
Delta Brunswick Saint John
Ontario
Holiday Inn Sarnia Sarnia
Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Kitchener
Holiday Inn Cambridge Cambridge
Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront Peterborough
Holiday Inn and Suites Windsor Windsor
Station Park All Suite Hotel London
Manitoba
Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel Winnipeg
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Winnipeg
Saskatchewan
Delta Regina Regina
Alberta
Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre Calgary
Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South Edmonton
Holiday Inn Lethbridge Lethbridge
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Medicine Hat Medicine Hat
Best Western Plus Sun Country Medicine Hat
British Columbia
Holiday Inn Express Kelowna Conference Centre Hotel Kelowna
Real Estate Holdings
Newfoundland and Labrador
Cabot Place St. John's
Fortis Building St. John's
TD Place St. John's
Fort William Building St. John's
Water Street Properties St. John's
Fortis Place (opening Fall 2014) St. John's
Fortis Tower Corner Brook
Marystown Mall Marystown
Millbrook Mall Corner Brook
Fraser Mall Gander
Nova Scotia
Maritime Centre Halifax
New Brunswick
Brunswick Square Saint John
Kings Place Fredericton
Blue Cross Centre Moncton
Saskatchewan
Delta Regina Regina

Contact Information

  • Investor analyst calls:
    Mr. Karl Smith
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Fortis
    (709) 737-2822

    Media inquiries:
    Ms. Nora Duke
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Properties
    (709) 737-2800