TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust (“Primaris” or “the Trust”) (TSX: PMZ.UN): As announced on March 4, Primaris has received final acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) of Primaris’ notice of intention to make a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”). Under the NCIB, Primaris will have the ability to purchase for cancellation up to a maximum of 7,498,679 of its Series A units (“Units”) on the open market, representing 10% of the “public float” (calculated in accordance with TSX rules) as of February 23, 2022.
The NCIB will commence on March 9, 2022 and remain in effect until the earlier of March 8, 2023 and the date on which Primaris has purchased the maximum number of Units permitted under the NCIB. Purchases of Units under the NCIB will be made in accordance with TSX rules and policies through the facilities of the TSX, and through Canadian alternative trading systems. The price paid for any repurchased Units will be the market price of such Units at the time of acquisition. The average daily trading volume of the Units from the start of trading on January 5, 2022 through February 23, 2022, was 663,396 Units and accordingly daily purchases will be limited to 165,849 Units other than purchases made in accordance with the TSX’s block purchase exception.
Primaris believes that, from time to time, the market price of the Units may not fully reflect the intrinsic value of the Units and that, in such circumstances, using the NCIB to return capital to its unitholders who choose to participate is a desirable use of Primaris’ funds and may benefit those unitholders who continue to hold Units by increasing their equity interest in Primaris. To Primaris’ knowledge, after reasonable inquiry, none of the trustees, officers or other insiders of Primaris or any associate of any such persons, or any associate or affiliate of Primaris currently intends to sell Units to Primaris during the course of the issuer bid.
Primaris is also announcing today that its Board of Trustees has declared a distribution of $0.0667 per unit for the month of March, 2022, representing $0.80 per unit on an annualized basis. The distribution will be payable on April 18th, 2022 to unitholders of record March 31, 2022.
About Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust
Primaris is Canada’s only enclosed shopping centre focused REIT, with ownership interests primarily in dominant enclosed shopping centres in growing markets. The portfolio totals 11.5 million square feet and is valued at approximately $3.2 billion at Primaris’ share. Economies of scale are achieved through its fully internal, vertically integrated, full-service national management platform. Primaris is very well-capitalized and is exceptionally well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities at an extraordinary moment in the evolution of the Canadian retail property landscape.
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