TORONTO, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - NorthWest International Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (TSXV: MOB.UN) (the "REIT") announced today that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of a 26% strategic interest in NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT ("NWHP REIT") from NorthWest Value Partners Inc. and certain of its affiliates ("NWVP"). The transaction, which includes the acquisition by the REIT of certain board appointment rights, pre-emptive rights and registration rights, is expected to be immediately accretive to the REIT and substantially increases and diversifies the REIT's asset base. The investment is consistent with the REIT's objective to acquire or invest in leading healthcare real estate and operators in each of its core markets.
The interest acquired by the REIT consists of 4,345,900 trust units of NWHP REIT and 7,551,546 class B limited partnership units of NHP Holdings Limited Partnership, which are exchangeable for trust units of NWHP REIT. The interest was acquired pursuant to the exercise of a put right held by NWVP under a Put/Call Agreement between the REIT and NWVP dated November 16, 2012 (the "Put/Call Agreement").
Pursuant to the terms of the Put/Call Agreement, the REIT acquired the NWHP REIT securities at a price of $13.22 per unit, for total gross consideration of approximately $157.3 million less approximately $73.8 million of debt (at approximately 4.25%) that was indirectly assumed by the REIT. In connection with the completion of the transactions contemplated by the Put/Call Agreement, NWVP repaid $15 million of obligations that had previously been owing to the REIT. As a result, the net consideration payable to NWVP was approximately $68.5 million, which NWVP elected to receive in the form of Class B limited partnership units ("NWI Class B Units") of NWI Healthcare Properties LP, each of which are exchangeable for trust units of the REIT. Pursuant to the terms of the Put/Call Agreement, the NWI Class B Units were valued at a price of $1.87 per unit, which resulted in the issuance of approximately 36.6 million NWI Class B Units to NWVP.
Prior to closing, NWVP and its affiliates owned approximately 27.4 million trust units of the REIT and approximately 54 million NWI Class B Units, which together represented an approximate 82.3% interest in the REIT. As a result of the closing, NWVP and its affiliates own approximately 27.4 million trust units of the REIT and approximately 91.1 million NWI Class B Units, which together represents an approximate 87.1% interest in the REIT. Paul Dalla Lana, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the REIT, is the sole shareholder of NWVP and the Chairman of NWHP REIT. The terms of the Put/Call Agreement were approved by the unitholders of the REIT (excluding NWVP and its affiliates) at a meeting held October 30, 2012. For additional information regarding the Put/Call Agreement and related matters, please see the REIT's management information circular dated October 5, 2012 and the Put/Call Agreement, each of which is filed on www.SEDAR.com. The Put/Call Agreement and related matters were unanimously approved by the REIT's independent trustees following a thorough review with the assistance of independent advisors.
In purchasing the NWHP REIT securities, the REIT relied on the private agreement exemption from the formal take-over bid rules set out in section 100.1(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario).
About NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
NWHP REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. NWHP REIT holds a portfolio of 76 income-producing properties, with a focus on medical office buildings and healthcare real estate, comprising approximately 4.6 million square feet of gross leasable area located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
About NorthWest International Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
The REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. Including the REIT's investments in Vital Healthcare Property Trust (NZX: VHP) and NWHP REIT (TSXV: NWH.UN), the REIT holds interests in a portfolio of 108 income-producing properties, comprising approximately 6.6 million square feet of gross leasable area located in Australia / New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Germany, with a focus on medical office buildings, hospitals and healthcare real estate.
Forward Looking Information
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SOURCE NorthWest International Healthcare Properties REIT