After Taking out of U.S. REIT Ramps Up Portfolio Realignment to Focus on Toronto, Calgary and Other Major Markets in Canada
Toronto-based RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announced plans to sell about 100 retail homes situated outside its core markets over the next two to three years and strategies to recycle profits into new developments within the country’s 6 biggest metros.
RioCan stated it expects to see about United States $1.2 billion in proceeds from the $1.6 billion in personalities however did not recognize the properties it plans to shed. In 2015, RioCan exited the United States via the sale of 49 retail residential or commercial properties in Texas and the northeastern U.S.
By the end of 2019, as the company sells the homes in stages, it expects its holdings concentreated in major Canadian markets will make up well over 90% of overall earnings, according to RioCan CEO Edward Sonshine.
“While the homes we plan to offer are solid, trusted earnings residential or commercial properties, their annual NOI growth lags the development we have the ability to accomplish in our primary market portfolio,” Sonshine stated. “At the exact same time, the existing stage of our development program will have adequate conclusions over the next couple of years to more than make up for what we will be offering.”
RioCan said it prepares to continue investing about $300 million to $400 million every year into its development pipeline, which is already focused solely in Canada’s 6 major markets.
Through the realignment of the portfolio, the trust seeks to reach yearly same-property net operating income (NOI) development rate of 3% or more, resulting in annual funds from operations (FFO) per unit development of 5% or more, before gains from securities, property inventory and charge income.