Fortress Real Capital



Fortress Real Capital

May 27, 2014 09:19 ET

Fortress Real Capital Investors Achieve Majority Exit On Junction Redevelopment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 27, 2014) - Investors in the Fortress Real Capital syndicate mortgage that catalyzed the development of an under utilized site were rewarded today with a majority exit and a higher than anticipated return on the balance of their investment.

Investors earned 19% in just over 2 years (14% already distributed and 5% accrued) on the 61% of principal capital already returned. An annualized return of 18% to 24% will be generated on the balance over the next 30 to 60 days as investors achieve full exit.

The former home of a Benjamin Moore paint plant, the 2.6 acre parcel along St Clair Avenue West was primed for improvement. This was a key neighbourhood going through wholesale improvements and part of the recent Avenues improvement initiative by the City of Toronto.

In a letter to the developer in January 2012, Ward 11 Councilor Frances Nunziata wrote, "With new residential development south of 6 Lloyd Avenue and existing residential adjacent to it, it is my view, and that of area residents, that 6 Lloyd Avenue should be redeveloped for residential uses."

"We chose to get involved in this project partly because of the strong civic support shown at outset", said Fortress Real Developments CEO Jawad Rathore.

"We also loved the amount of infrastructure and commercial investment in the area," continued Rathore. "The TTC has spent over $150M dollars on adding streetcars and RioCan has a substantial multi million dollar investment in their recently completed 550,000 sq. ft. Stockyards project across the street."

The exit for investors at Lloyd Avenue is the third for Fortress Real Capital investors in the past eight months and the second return of capital this month. Fortress Real Developments COO Vince Petrozza, also a mortgage broker with Centro Mortgage Inc., credits this to hard work and careful planning. "When we underwrite a deal we always look at how to exit a project and protect investor principal and, of course, generate them competitive returns. Even though full draft plan approval wasn't yet achieved, enough substantial value was added to the deal for the investor's to be refinanced out. That's a testament to our valuation process and site selection."

Over the past two weeks, key executives at Fortress Real Developments have been asked to meet with staff from the Bank of Canada to provide feedback and commentary. The focus and strategy of the company continues to be acquisitions and joint ventures in major markets with established industry partners that garner strong bank support.

With major new projects set to be announced in key asset classes including commercial and low rise residential, opportunities for Fortress Real Capital investors are proving to be very rewarding.

About the Companies

Fortress Real Developments Inc. - Fortress Real Developments Inc. is a Canadian real estate development company that seeks out and analyzes investment opportunities in major Canadian markets. The company is focused on quality projects with recognizable alpha in residential low-rise, high-rise, commercial and industrial market segments. For more information visit: http://fortressrealdevelopments.com.

Centro Mortgage Inc. - Centro Mortgage Inc., established in 2007, is a premier mortgage brokerage licenced in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta & Saskatchewan. Centro's closes all Fortress Real Capital transactions, an RSP eligible syndicate mortgage product that allows a consumer to invest directly into the proven market of Canadian real estate by becoming a mortgage lender. For more information visit: http://fortressrealcapital.com.

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