RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

January 17, 2011 09:55 ET

RioCan REIT Announces Public Offerings of $100 Million of Cumulative Rate Reset Preferred Trust Units, Series A and $175 Million of Series O Senior Unsecured Debentures

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2011) -

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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust ("RioCan") (TSX:REI.UN) announced today that it has reached agreements to issue to the public on a bought deal basis, subject to regulatory approval, 4 million Cumulative Rate Reset Preferred Trust Units, Series A (the "Series A Units") at a price of $25 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $100 million, and $175 million principal amount of Series O senior unsecured debentures (the "Debentures"). 

The Series A Units are being issued by a syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets, Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. and Scotia Capital. The Series A Units will pay fixed cumulative distributions of $1.3125 per unit per annum, yielding 5.25% per annum, payable on the last day of March, June, September and December of each year, as and when declared by the board of trustees of RioCan, for the initial five-year period ending March 31, 2016. The first quarterly distribution, if declared, shall be payable on March 31, 2011 and shall be $0.2301 per unit, based on the anticipated closing of the Series A Units of January 26, 2011. The distribution rate will be reset on March 31, 2016 and every five years thereafter at a rate equal to the sum of the then five-year Government of Canada bond yield and 2.62%. The Series A Units are redeemable by RioCan, at its option, on March 31, 2016 and on March 31 of every fifth year thereafter.

Holders of Series A Units will have the right to reclassify all or any part of their units as Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Trust Units, Series B (the "Series B Units"), subject to certain conditions, on March 31, 2016 and on March 31 of every fifth year thereafter. Such reclassification privilege may be subject to certain tax considerations (to be disclosed in the prospectus supplement). Holders of Series B Units will be entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly floating distribution at a rate equal to the sum of the then 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 2.62%, as and when declared by the board of trustees of RioCan.

DBRS Limited ("DBRS") has assigned a preliminary rating of Pfd-3 (High) for the Series A Units. It is a condition of closing that Standard & Poor's, a division of the McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&P") assign a rating of P-3 (High) for the Series A Units.

RioCan has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 30 days after closing, to purchase up to an additional 1 million Series A Units at the issue price which, if fully exercised, would result in additional gross proceeds of $25 million.

The Debentures are being issued by a syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets, CIBC and TD Securities. The Debentures will carry a coupon rate of 4.499% and will mature on January 21, 2016. RioCan has granted the underwriters an option, exercisable at any time up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Debenture offering, to purchase a further $25 million principal amount of Debentures at the same terms as set forth above.

RioCan will use a portion the proceeds from these offerings to redeem its $180 million 8.33% Series L senior unsecured debentures due April 3, 2014 and the balance for general trust purposes.

The offerings are being made under RioCan's amended and restated base shelf prospectus dated December 21, 2010. The terms of each of the offerings will be described in prospectus supplements to be filed with Canadian securities regulators. The offering of Series A Units is expected to close on or about January 26, 2011. The Debenture offering is expected to close on or about January 21, 2011.

The press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in any jurisdiction. The Series A Units and the Debentures being offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and state securities laws. Accordingly, the Series A Units and the Debentures may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons except pursuant to applicable exemptions from registration.

About RioCan:

RioCan is Canada's largest real estate investment trust with a total capitalization of approximately $10.1 billion as at December 31, 2010. It owns and manages Canada's largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 296 retail properties, including 10 under development, containing an aggregate of over 66 million square feet. RioCan owns an 80% interest in 31 grocery anchored and new format retail centres in the United States through various joint venture arrangements. In addition, RioCan owns a 14% equity interest in Cedar Shopping Centres, Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on supermarket-anchored shopping centres and drug store-anchored convenience centres located predominantly in the Northeastern United States. For further information, please refer to RioCan's website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information

  • RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
    Rags Davloor
    Senior Vice President & CFO
    (416) 642-3554
    www.riocan.com