Agellan Commercial REIT Completes IPO and Portfolio Real Estate Purchase

Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (the “REIT”) (TSX:ACR.UN) completed an initial public offering of 13,461,943 units for gross proceeds of approximately $134.6 million.
The units were sold to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by BMO Capital Markets and CIBC and included RBC Dominion Securities Inc., TD Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., National Bank Financial Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Scotia Capital Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp.

The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,019,292 units from the REIT and the retained interest holders at a price of $10.00 per unit for a period of 30 days after closing of the offering which, if exercised in full, would increase the total gross proceeds of the offering to the REIT and the retained interest holders to approximately $154.8 million.

The net proceeds of the offering were used by the REIT to acquire 23 properties comprising 18 industrial properties containing 2.8 million square feet of gross leasable area (“GLA”), four office properties containing 1.4 million square feet of GLA and one retail property containing 45,000 square feet of GLA. Agellan Capital Partners Inc. will provide asset management and certain administrative services to the REIT.

The REIT was formed to own and operate industrial, office and retail properties in the United States and Canada.

Goodmans LLP represented the REIT with a team led by Stephen Pincus that included, Chat Ortved, Susan Zimmerman, Brian Savage and Anne McNulty (corporate/securities) and Jon Northup and Jarrett Freeman (tax).

Miller Thomson LLP represented the REIT with respect to real estate and finance matters in Canada with a team that included Michael Wren and Natalia Iamundo (real estate); Nancy Avison (financing) and Tom Tower (financing/corporate).

Dickinson Wright, through offices in Canada and the United States, represented the REIT with respect to corporate, real estate and finance matters in the United States. The Dickinson Wright team included Doug Benson, Leslee Lewis, Mark Redinger, Andrew MacLeod, Harlan Robins, Katheryne Zelenock, Mike Bridges, Amy Kwiatkowski and Amy Gras.

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and SNR Denton US LLP represented the vendors of the properties purchased by the REIT in Canada and the United States, respectively, with a team that included Sonja Homenuck and Mylany David of FMC (Canadian real estate) and Robert Fernandez, Mitchell Albert, Doug Wingo and Paul Turvey of SNR Denton (US real estate and corporate).

Torys LLP represented the syndicate of underwriters. The Torys team was led by Patricia Koval that included Michael Zackheim and Josh Lavine (corporate/securities); Rose Bailey and Miriam Levin (Canadian real estate); Miroslav Fajt and Mark Graham (US real estate); Tyson Dyck (environmental); Corrado Cardarelli and Grace Pereira (Canadian tax) and Peter Keenan and Cécile Antier (US tax).