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H&R REIT Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results and Announces a Special Distribution

H&R REIT Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results and Announces a Special Distribution
Canada NewsWire
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2021

Strong Financial & Operating Results, Executing on Strategic Repositioning
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H&R REIT Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results and Announces a Special Distribution

Canada NewsWire

Strong Financial & Operating Results, Executing on Strategic Repositioning

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2021 /CNW/ – H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (“H&R” or “the REIT”) (TSX: HR.UN) announces its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. 

TRANSFORMATIONAL STRATEGIC REPOSITIONING PLAN

On October 27, 2021, H&R announced its transformational strategic repositioning plan to create a simplified, growth-oriented company focusing on multi-residential and industrial properties to surface significant value for unitholders. H&R’s target is to be a leading owner, operator and developer of multi-residential and industrial properties, creating value through redevelopment and greenfield development in prime locations within Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and high growth U.S. sunbelt and gateway cities. H&R will fund this growth through dispositions, synchronizing asset sales with capital requirement.

“I am very pleased to report strong third quarter results, reflecting the quality of H&R’s portfolio and strength of our balance sheet,” said Tom Hofstedter, President and CEO. “Our transformational strategic repositioning plan, announced just a few weeks ago, provides a clear path forward to simplifying H&R’s business model creating significant value and growth for unitholders. With our path forward now clearly established, our teams have turned to the implementation phase, where we are committed to efficiently and effectively executing on our plan.”

Execution Highlights

  • Sale of Bow and Bell Office Campus: previously announced sale of the Bow and Bell office Campus significantly reduced Calgary office exposure, enhanced tenant diversification, and created the liquidity and strengthened balance sheet to enable the next steps.
  • Primaris REIT Spinout: previously announced proposed tax-free spin-off (the “Spin-Off”) of the REIT’s Primaris properties including all of H&R’s enclosed malls into a new, completely independent, stand-alone, publicly traded REIT (“Primaris”).
  • Exit Retail and Office: previously announced Disposition plan (the “Strategic Dispositions”) of H&R’s remaining retail properties including its investment in ECHO Realty, and all office properties other than those with significant near-term redevelopment potential. These Strategic Dispositions are expected to generate proceeds of approximately $3.4 billion over the next five years.
  • Focus on Multi-Residential and Industrial: synchronize Strategic Disposition proceeds to fund greenfield development and office redevelopment into class A multi-residential and industrial properties.

Benefits of the transformational strategic repositioning are expected to include

  • Greater concentration to higher growth multi-residential and industrial assets, with reduced exposure to retail and office properties.
  • Enhanced major market presence in the Greater Toronto Area, high-growth U.S. sunbelt and gateway cities and immediate reduction of Alberta exposure to 7% of investment properties post Spin-Off.
  • Increasing exposure to H&R’s significant 12,700 class A multi-residential and industrial development pipeline to drive growth.
  • Improved proforma balance sheet enhances financial flexibility to execute on growth while maintaining H&R’s current investment grade credit rating.
  • Upon completion of the Spin-Off, the combined annual distributions of H&R REIT and Primaris are anticipated to equal $0.72, up 4.3% from the current $0.69 per H&R unit. H&R is anticipated to distribute $0.52 per annum while Primaris is anticipated to distribute $0.20 per Primaris unit (assuming that one Primaris unit is issued for every H&R unit in the Spin-Off).

Further details are included in H&R’s material change report filed on November 5, 2021 and investor presentation which can be found at www.hr-reit.com.

The Bow and Bell Campus Sale

On August 3, 2021, H&R announced it had entered into agreements to sell a 100% ownership interest in the land and building of the 2.0 million square foot Bow office property (“the Bow”) in Calgary, AB and an 85% effective interest in the net rent payable under the Ovintiv Inc. (“Ovintiv”) lease through expiry in May 2038. In addition, H&R also entered into an agreement to sell a 100% ownership interest in the 1.1 million square foot Bell office campus (“Bell Campus”) located in Mississauga, ON. Total gross proceeds from these dispositions were approximately $1.47 billion. The closing of these transactions (“the Bow and Bell Transaction”) occurred on October 7, 2021. The Bow’s property operating income for Q3 2021 was $25.1 million. The Bell Campus property operating income for Q3 2021 was $8.6 million.

H&R effectively retains a 15% interest in the net rent payable under the Ovintiv lease to the expiry of the lease in May 2038, and will continue to manage the Bow and earn management fees. The retained interest in the cash flow from the Ovintiv lease and management fees total approximately $18 million annually. H&R will also continue to manage the Bell Campus for the remainder of the term of the existing Bell Campus leases, earning management fees of approximately $1.6 million annually.

The sale includes an option in favour of H&R to repurchase 100% ownership of the land and building of the Bow at expiry of the Ovintiv lease in May 2038 for approximately $735 million ($368 per sq.ft.), substantially below the current sale proceeds of $1.031 billion ($515 per sq.ft.). This option provides H&R the ability to capture potential upside in the Calgary office market over an extended time frame (of approximately 17 years).

As part of the Bow and Bell Transaction, in October 2021, H&R redeemed its Bow Centre Street Limited Partnership Series B and Series C Secured Bonds secured by the Bow for a combined redemption amount of $524 million, inclusive of pre-payment penalties. H&R has also repaid $25 million of mortgages secured by the Bell Campus, inclusive of pre-payment penalties, while another $97 million of associated mortgage debt was assumed by the buyer. Combined proceeds after the above debt repayments, mortgage assumption and transaction costs amounted to approximately $800 million. These proceeds were used to be repay lines of credit and the mortgage secured against Two Gotham Centre, Long Island City, NY totalling $419.0 million. The remaining proceeds were used to redeem the $325.0 million principal amount outstanding 2.923% Series L Senior Debentures of the REIT in November 2021.

Spin-Off of Primaris

On October 27, 2021, H&R announced its intention to spin-off its enclosed mall portfolio and together with Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (“HOOPP”) create Primaris. Primaris’ size, scale, portfolio composition, and capital structure were designed to allow Primaris to grow and thrive in the new retail landscape. Primaris will own interests in 35 shopping centres with an appraised value of approximately $3.2 billion encompassing 11.4 million square feet of gross leasable area (“GLA”) at Primaris’ share. H&R will contribute 27 properties with an appraised value of approximately $2.4 billion and HOOPP will contribute eight properties with an appraised value of approximately $0.8 billion. H&R’s secured debt will be reduced by approximately $579 million in respect of the mortgages to be assumed by Primaris.

Primaris will have substantial scale, a differentiated low leverage financial model and a full service, vertically integrated management platform. Primaris’ board of trustees and management will be independent with no overlap with H&R’s board of trustees and management, and will operate as a distinct and separate publicly-traded entity upon completion of the Spin-Off. Immediately following the Spin-Off, H&R unitholders will directly own approximately 74% of Primaris units outstanding, and HOOPP will own approximately 26% of Primaris units outstanding.

Included in property operating income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $35.2 million relating to the 27 properties being contributed by H&R to Primaris.

H&R has applied to the TSX for the listing of Primaris units on the TSX with the ticker PMZ.UN, following the expected closing in late December 2021 or early 2022. The listing will be subject to the TSX’s customary listing approval requirements.

Further details on the Spin-Off of Primaris can be found in H&R’s management information circular dated November 5, 2021 relating to the unitholder meeting to be held on December 13, 2021 to consider the plan of arrangement giving effect to the Spin-Off which circular is available at www.hr-reit.com and www.sedar.com.  

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

September 30

December 31

2021

2020

Total assets (millions)

$13,123

$13,355

Debt to total assets per the REIT’s Financial Statements(1)

44.8%

47.7%

Debt to total assets at the REIT’s proportionate share(1)(2)

48.5%

51.1%

Unitholders’ equity (millions)

$6,338

$6,071

Units outstanding (in thousands of Units)

288,340

286,863

Unitholders’ equity per Unit

$21.98

$21.16

Net Asset Value (“NAV” per unit)(2)

$22.77

$21.93

Unit price

$15.63

$13.29

3 months ended September 30

9 months ended September 30

2021

2020

2021

2020

Rentals from investment properties (millions)

$268.8

$271.6

$799.6

$821.2

Property operating income (millions)

$182.2

$175.8

$491.7

$480.1

Fair value adjustment on real estate assets (millions)

($46.2)

$93.0

$26.0

($1,265.9)

Net income (loss) (millions)

$135.3

$247.8

$389.7

($736.2)

Funds from operations (“FFO”) (millions)(2)

$121.4

$124.5

$356.8

$375.7

FFO per Unit (basic)(2)

$0.40

$0.41

$1.18

$1.25

Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) (millions)(2)

$102.2

$107.4

$289.6

$316.5

AFFO per Unit (basic)(2)

$0.34

$0.36

$0.96

$1.05

Distributions per Unit

$0.17

$0.17

$0.52

$0.75

Payout ratio per Unit (as a % of AFFO)(2)

50.0%

47.2%

54.2%

71.4%

(1)

Debt includes mortgages payable, debentures payable, unsecured term loans and lines of credit.

(2)

These are non-GAAP measures. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release.  H&R’s management discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 includes a reconciliation of net income (loss) to FFO and AFFO as well as the calculation of NAV per Unit.  Readers are encouraged to review the reconciliations and calculation in H&R’s MD&A.  

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT Q3 2021 ACTIVITY  

Properties in Lease-up

Property

Q3 2021 Property
operating income
(cash basis) 
(in millions)

Annualized Q3 2021
Property operating
income (cash basis)
(in millions)

Expected Stabilized
Property operating
income (cash basis)
(in millions)

Expected Increase in
Property operating
income (cash basis)
(in millions)

River Landing, Miami,
FL

U.S. $3.4

U.S. $13.6

U.S. $24.8

U.S. $11.2

Jackson Park, 
Long Island City, NY*

U.S. $1.1

U.S. $4.4

U.S. $32.0

U.S. $27.6

*     At H&R’s ownership interest.

River Landing:

River Landing is an urban in-fill mixed-use property site in Miami, FL which achieved final completion in Q2 2021. River Landing includes approximately 341,000 square feet of retail space, approximately 149,000 square feet of office space and 528 residential rental units. It is adjacent to the Health District with approximately 1,000 feet of waterfront on the Miami River, two miles from downtown Miami.

As at September 30, 2021, residential occupancy was 86.6% and committed occupancy as at November 3, 2021 was 94.7% with 500 of 528 residential units leased, exceeding management’s expectations on leasing velocity.

As at September 30, 2021, retail occupancy was 78.6% and committed occupancy for retail space as at November 3, 2021 was 90.0% with the remaining retail lease-up expected to occur during Q4 2021 and the first half of 2022. During Q3 2021, the REIT signed a lease with the Public Health Trust of Miami Dade County to occupy 43,351 square feet of office space, bringing committed office occupancy to approximately 64.0% as of November 3, 2021. The REIT is continuing negotiations with multiple parties on the remaining office space.

Jackson Park:

Jackson Park in Long Island City, NY has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 with higher vacancy and lower than average lease renewals. Beginning in June 2021, Jackson Park began to see a significant increase in the number of leases signed and occupancy increased from 61.6% as at June 30, 2021 to 97.5% as at September 30, 2021. As a result of the significant leasing completed, H&R incurred significant up-front leasing costs which has negatively impacted Jackson Park’s property operating income in Q3 2021. 

Development Activity

H&R’s active developments in Canada include two industrial properties, totalling 182,889 square feet at H&R’s industrial business park in Caledon, ON with a total development budget of $30.7 million. As at September 30, 2021, $14.9 million has been spent on properties under development with $15.8 million of budgeted costs remaining to be spent.

H&R’s active developments in the United States includes three residential developments with a total budget of U.S. $127.1 million. As at September 30, 2021, U.S. $116.6 million had been spent on properties under development with U.S. $10.5 million of budgeted costs remaining to be spent. The REIT has U.S. $14.1 million available to be funded through secured construction facilities, in each case at the REIT’s ownership interest. These three residential developments will produce 299 rental units at the REIT’s ownership interest.

In September 2021, H&R acquired 3.7 acres of land in Dallas, TX for U.S. $6.3 million, which is expected to be developed into 300 residential rental units. The site is located within CityLine, a mixed-used development in the suburb of Richardson, TX which spans 186 acres and is anchored by the regional headquarters of State Farm Insurance.

In September 2021, H&R sold its 33.3% non-managing interest in Esterra Park, a 263 residential rental unit development in Seattle, WA for approximately U.S. $43.8 million and recorded a gain on sale of U.S. $8.7 million at the REIT’s ownership interest. The return on equity invested amounted to approximately 81.7%.

Office

In July 2021, H&R sold a 54,100 square foot single-tenanted property in Markham, ON for approximately $13.1 million.

Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from office properties increased by 1.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the respective 2020 period, primarily due to contractual rental escalations. Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from office properties increased by 12.9% from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021, primarily due to Hess Corporation’s (“Hess”) free rent period ending in June 2021. Hess received a seven-month free rent period (which commenced in December 2020) as part of a lease extension and amending agreement completed in November 2020 for its premises in Houston, TX under which Hess agreed to extend the term of its lease on approximately two-thirds of the building for an additional term of 10 years beyond its current expiry of June 30, 2026.

Industrial

In July 2021, H&R sold its 50% ownership interest in a portfolio of nine single-tenanted cold storage properties located across Canada for $117.5 million. The weighted average overall capitalization rate for this portfolio disposition was approximately 4.0%.

Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from industrial properties decreased by 0.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the respective 2020 period, primarily due to the decrease in same-asset occupancy.

Residential

In Q4 2020, the Exchange at Bayfront (Phase 1 of the Hercules Project), a 54 residential rental unit development (at H&R’s ownership interest) in Hercules, CA was substantially completed. In September 2021, the REIT sold its 31.7% non-managing interest for approximately U.S. $35.9 million. H&R’s total cost to build this property was approximately U.S. $25.8 million at the REIT’s ownership interest. H&R recorded a gain on sale of U.S. $8.0 million and had previously recorded a $2.1 million fair value adjustment when the development was completed. The return on equity invested amounted to approximately 69.3%.

Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from residential properties in U.S. dollars decreased by 4.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the respective 2020 period, primarily due to Jackson Park in New York which has been temporarily negatively impacted by COVID-19, and is further discussed above. Excluding Jackson Park, Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from residential properties in U.S. dollars increased by 12.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the respective 2020 period, primarily due to an increase in rental revenue.

Retail

Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) from retail properties increased by 8.6% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the respective 2020 period, primarily due to higher bad debt expenses recorded during the onset of COVID-19 in 2020. Included in same-asset property operating income (cash-basis) for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $33.3 million relating to the 27 properties being contributed by H&R to Primaris.

Funds from Operations and Adjusted Funds from Operations 

FFO per Unit in Q3 2021 was $0.40 compared to $0.38 in Q2 2021 and $0.41 in Q3 2020.  AFFO per Unit was $0.34 in Q3 2021 compared to $0.30 in Q2 2021 and $0.36 in Q3 2020. Distributions paid as a percentage of AFFO was 50.0% in Q3 2021, resulting in significant retained cash flow of approximately $51.0 million

Debt Highlights

As at September 30, 2021, debt to total assets was 44.8% compared to 46.3% as at June 30, 2021 and 47.7% as at December 31, 2020. The weighted average interest rate of H&R’s debt as at September 30, 2021 was 3.5% with an average term to maturity of 3.2 years. 

Liquidity

As at September 30, 2021, H&R had $1.1 billion available under its unused lines of credit, an unencumbered property pool of approximately $4.3 billion and cash on hand of $52.4 million.

Monthly Distributions Declared

H&R today declared distributions for the months of November and December scheduled as follows:

Distribution/Unit

Annualized

Record date

Distribution date

November 2021

$0.0575

$0.690

November 23, 2021

December 7, 2021

December 2021

$0.0575

$0.690

December 31, 2021

January 12, 2022

Special Distribution

The REIT also announced today that it has declared a special distribution of $0.73 per Unit. The distribution will be payable in Units ($0.63 per Unit) and cash ($0.10 per Unit) to all Unitholders of record as at December 31, 2021.

The special distribution is principally being made to distribute to Unitholders the capital gains realized by the REIT from transactions completed during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021. The REIT is making the special distribution payable partially in cash and partially in Units, in order to provide Unitholders with cash to help fund any additional tax that may arise associated with the special distribution. Most of the net cash proceeds generated by the sale transactions have been used to repay debt to enable the Primaris Spin-Off.

Tax Implications

Immediately following the special distribution, the outstanding Units of the REIT will be consolidated such that each Unitholder will hold, after the consolidation, the same number of Units as such Unitholder held before the special distribution. The amount of the special distribution payable in Units will increase the tax cost basis of Unitholders’ consolidated Units. The remaining portion of the special distribution will be paid in cash on January 12, 2022.

The REIT cautions that the foregoing comments are not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal or tax advice to any Unitholder. The REIT recommends that Unitholders consult their own tax advisors regarding the income tax consequences to them of this anticipated special distribution and related Unit consolidation.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a conference call to discuss the financial results for H&R REIT on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 9.30 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants can join the call by dialing 1-888-510-2507 or 1-289-514-5065. For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be archived for replay beginning approximately one hour following completion of the call. To access the archived conference call by telephone, dial 1-647-362-9199 or 1-800-770-2030 and enter the passcode 3504623 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at midnight.

A live audio webcast will be available through https://www.hr-reit.com/investor-relations/#investor-events. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast. The webcast will be archived on H&R’s website following the call date.

The investor presentation is available on H&R’s website at https://www.hr-reit.com/investor-relations/#investor-presentation 

About H&R REIT

H&R REIT is one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts with total assets of approximately $13.1 billion at September 30, 2021. H&R REIT has ownership interests in a North American portfolio of high-quality office, retail, industrial and residential properties comprising over 40 million square feet. H&R is currently undergoing a five-year, transformational strategic repositioning to create a simplified, growth-oriented company focusing on multi-residential and industrial properties to surface significant value for unitholders.

Forward-Looking Disclaimer

Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (also known as forward-looking statements) including, among others, statements made or implied relating to H&R’s objectives, beliefs, plans, estimates, projections and intentions and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts, including the statements made under the headings “Business Update”, “Financial Highlights” and “Summary of Significant Q3 2021 Activity” including with respect to H&R’s future plans, including the REIT’s strategic repositioning, including the Spin-Off and the Strategic Dispositions, the anticipated proceeds from the Strategic Dispositions as well as the timing thereof, the expected benefits from the REIT’s strategic repositioning, the impact of the Spin-Off and Strategic Dispositions on the REIT’s portfolio metrics, future distributions by the REIT and by Primaris, the approval of the listing of Primaris on the TSX, ongoing management fees from the Bow and Bell Campus, the ability of H&R to capture potential upside in the Calgary office market, details regarding Primaris pro forma the Spin-Off and sale of assets by HOOPP, significant development projects, H&R’s expectation with respect to the activities of its development properties, including the building of new properties, the timing of construction, the timing of occupancy and lease-up and the expected total cost of development properties, expected stabilized property operating income and increases in property operating income from River Landing and Jackson Park, management’s expectations regarding future distributions, management’s belief that H&R has sufficient funds and liquidity for future commitments and management’s expectation to be able to meet all of the REIT’s ongoing obligations.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plans”, “project”, “budget” or “continue” or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect H&R’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management.

Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of presenting information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on H&R’s estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors including those risks and uncertainties in H&R’s materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, which could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of H&R to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.  Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward looking statements include that the general economy is gradually recovering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the extent and duration of which is unknown; debt markets continue to provide access to capital at a reasonable cost, notwithstanding the ongoing economic downturn; the assumptions made in connection with the anticipated benefits of the Spin-Off and Strategic Dispositions; the anticipated approval of the Spin-Off by unitholders; the anticipated receipt of any required consents, exemptions, approvals and rulings including the conditional approval of the TSX, of which there are no assurances; the expectation that the parties to the arrangement agreement for the Spin-Off and the purchase and sale agreement with HOOPP will comply with its terms and conditions; and the expectation that no event, change or other circumstance will occur that could give rise to the termination of the arrangement agreement for the Spin-Off and the purchase and sale agreement with HOOPP. Additional risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to: real property ownership; the current economic environment; COVID-19; credit risk and tenant concentration; lease rollover risk; interest and other debt-related risk; construction risks; currency risk; liquidity risk; financing credit risk; cyber security risk; environmental and climate change risk; co-ownership interest in properties; joint arrangement and investment risks; Unit price risk; availability of cash for distributions; ability to access capital markets; dilution; unitholder liability; redemption right risk; risks relating to debentures and the inability of the REIT to purchase senior debentures on a change of control; tax risk, and additional tax risk applicable to unitholders. H&R cautions that these lists of factors, risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what H&R believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.

Readers are also urged to examine H&R’s materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time as they may contain discussions on risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results and performance of H&R to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.  All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements.  These forward-looking statements are made as of November 15, 2021 and the REIT, except as required by applicable Canadian law, assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The REIT’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). H&R’s management uses a number of measures which do not have a meaning recognized or standardized under IFRS or Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).  The non-GAAP measures NAV per Unit, FFO, AFFO, Payout Ratio per Unit, property operating income (cash basis), Same-Asset property operating income (cash basis) and the REIT’s proportionate share as well as other non-GAAP measures discussed elsewhere in this news release, should not be construed as an alternative to financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Further, H&R’s method of calculating these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the methods of other real estate investment trusts or other issuers, and accordingly may not be comparable. H&R use these measures to better assess H&R’s underlying performance and provide these additional measures so that investors may do the same. These non-GAAP financial measures are more fully defined and discussed in H&R’s MD&A as at the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, available at www.hr-reit.com and on www.sedar.com.

SOURCE H&R Real Estate Investment Trust








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Lundin Mining Announces TSX Approval for a Normal Course Issuer Bid

Lundin Mining Announces TSX Approval for a Normal Course Issuer Bid
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TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2021

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – (TSX: LUN) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUMI) Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) announces th…

Lundin Mining Announces TSX Approval for a Normal Course Issuer Bid

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TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – (TSX: LUN) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUMI) Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) announces that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has accepted the notice of Lundin Mining’s intention to renew its normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB”).

The Company intends to continue to utilize the NCIB at its discretion to make opportunistic purchases to create shareholder value and manage the number of outstanding common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”).

This approval allows the Company to purchase up to 63,762,574 Common Shares, representing 10% of the 735,122,870 issued and outstanding Common Shares as of November 30, 2021, minus those Common Shares beneficially owned, or over which control or direction is exercised by the Company, the senior officers and directors of the Company and every shareholder who owns or exercises control or direction over more than 10% of the outstanding Common Shares, over a period of twelve months commencing on December 9, 2021. The NCIB will expire no later than December 8, 2022.

All purchases made pursuant to the NCIB will be made through the facilities of the TSX or other alternative Canadian trading systems. In accordance with TSX rules, any daily purchases (other than pursuant to a block purchase exemption) on the TSX under the NCIB are limited to a maximum of 565,398 Common Shares, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 2,261,595 Common Shares on the TSX for the six months ended November 30, 2021. The price that Lundin Mining will pay for Common Shares in open market transactions will be the market price at the time of purchase.

In connection with the NCIB renewal, Lundin Mining entered into an automatic repurchase plan with its designated broker to allow for the repurchase of Common Shares at times when the Company ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise (any such period being an “Operating Period”). Before entering an Operating Period, the Company may, but is not required to, instruct the designated broker to make purchases under the NCIB in accordance with the terms of the plan. Purchases made pursuant to the plan, if any, will be made by the Company’s designated broker based upon the parameters prescribed by the TSX, applicable Canadian securities laws and the terms of the written agreement entered between the Company and its designated broker. Outside of these Operating Periods, Common Shares will be purchasable by Lundin Mining at its discretion under its NCIB.

The automatic repurchase plan will commence on the effective date of the NCIB and will terminate on the earliest of the date on which: (i) the purchase limit under the NCIB has been reached; (ii) the NCIB expires; and (iii) the Company terminates the automatic repurchase plan in accordance with its terms. The automatic repurchase plan constitutes an “automatic plan” for purposes of applicable Canadian securities legislation and the agreement governing the plan has been pre-cleared by the TSX.

The actual number of Common Shares that may be purchased and the timing of such purchases will be determined by the Company. Decisions regarding purchases will be based on market conditions, share price, best use of available cash, and other factors. Any Common Shares that are purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled.

Under the Company’s current NCIB that commenced on December 9, 2020 and expires on December 8, 2021, the Company previously sought and received approval from the TSX to purchase up to 63,682,170 Common Shares. As of November 30, 2021, the Company has purchased 4,323,100 Common Shares under its current NCIB through open market transactions at a weighted average price of approximately $11.25 per Common Share.

About Lundin Mining

Lundin Mining is a diversified Canadian base metals mining company with operations in Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Sweden and the United States of America, primarily producing copper, zinc, gold and nickel.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Lundin Mining under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out below on December 6, 2021 at 22:00 Eastern Time.

Cautionary Statement in Forward-Looking Information

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document constitute forward-looking information, including but not limited to statements with respect to Lundin Mining’s proposed normal course issuer bid, the Company’s pre-defined plan with its broker to allow for the repurchase of Common Shares, and the number of Common Shares that may be purchased under the normal course issuer bid. Words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “target”, “plan”, “goal”, “aim”, “intend”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “can”, “could”, “should”, “schedule” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon various estimates and assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management; assumed and future price of copper, nickel, zinc, gold and other metals; anticipated costs; ability to achieve goals; the prompt and effective integration of acquisitions; that the political environment in which the Company operates will continue to support the development and operation of mining projects; the Common Shares will, from time to time, trade below their value; the Company will complete purchases of Common Shares pursuant to the NCIB; and assumptions related to the factors set forth below. While these factors and assumptions are considered reasonable by Lundin Mining as at the date of this document in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, these statements are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the market price of the Common Shares being too high to ensure that purchases benefit the Company and its shareholders; and other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those described in the “Risk and Uncertainties” section of the Annual Information Form and the “Managing Risks” section of the Company’s MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2020, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company’s profile. All of the forward-looking statements made in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, forecast or intended and readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that the Common Shares will, from time to time, trade below their value and that the Company will complete purchases of Common Shares pursuant to the NCIB. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate and forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance. Readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained herein speaks only as of the date of this document. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking information or to explain any material difference between such and subsequent actual events, except as required by applicable law.

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Bessor Announces the Passing of Director Richard T. Kusmirski

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bessor Minerals Inc. (TSXV:BST) ("Bessor" or the "Company") is sad to report the recent…

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bessor Minerals Inc. (TSXV:BST) (“Bessor” or the “Company“) is sad to report the recent passing of Richard (“Rick”) T. Kusmirski, P.Geo.,M.Sc. Bessor wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Rick’s family, friends, and business associates.

An accomplished and well respected exploration geologist, Rick had served as a Director of the Company since its establishment and his collegiality, technical competence and sage advice will be sorely missed.

BESSOR MINERALS INC.

Kieran Downes, Ph.D., P.Geo.
President, CEO & Director

For further information, contact:
Investor Relations
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bessorminerals.com

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Corrected: Secova Announces Flow-Through Financing to Raise up to $500,000

  

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – TheNewswire – December 6, 2021 – Secova Metals Corp. (“Secova” or the “Company”) (CSE:SEK) (CNSX:SEK.CN)…

  

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – TheNewswire – December 6, 2021 – Secova Metals Corp. (“Secova” or the “Company”) (CSE:SEK) (CNSX:SEK.CN) USA (OTC:SEKZF) is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds to the Company of up to $500,000 (the “Offering”) by the issuance of up to 2,702,703 flow through common shares  (the “Flow-Through Shares”) at a purchase price of $0.185 per Flow Through Share.

 

The Company will use the proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Shares to incur flow-through expenditures which qualify as 100% Canadian Exploration Expense (“CEE”), and will renounce said flow-through expenditures to the investors for the taxation year ending December 31, 2021. For subscribers residing in Quebec, they will be eligible for maximum deductions for Quebec income tax purposes.

All securities issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a statutory hold period expiring in accordance with applicable securities legislation.  

The Company may pay eligible finders a fee (the “Finder’s Fees”) on the Offering within the amount permitted by the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”).

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described in this news release in the United States. Such securities have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and, accordingly, may not be offered or sold within the United States, or to or for the account or benefit of persons in the United States or “U.S. Persons”, as such term is defined in Regulation S promulgated under the U.S. Securities Act, unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to an exemption from such registration requirements.

Pour une traduction française de ce communiqué de presse, veuillez visiter notre site Web à www.secova.ca.

About the Company

 

Secova Metals Corp. is a Canadian environmentally aware resource exploration and processing company. Management has demonstrated expertise in advancing gold exploration projects into acquisition targets, most notably in the province of Quebec. Secova’s principal restoration and recovery project is the Montauban property situated in Quebec, just 80 kilometers west of Quebec City. The Company is proposing to commence operations by the middle of 2022. The Company’s main exploration focus is its 100% ownership of the Eagle River project, which is adjacent to and on-trend to several gold projects in the Windfall Lake district of Urban Barry in Quebec. Secova will use its expertise in early-stage exploration to create shareholder value by attempting to prove out the resource in these assets.

 

For more information on Secova Metals Corp. please contact [email protected], Tel: +1 604-803-5229 or visit the website at www.secova.ca for the French version of this news release, past news releases, media interviews and opinion-editorial pieces by CEO and Chairman Brad Kitchen.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors, SECOVA METALS CORP.

“Brad Kitchen”

Chairman, CEO, and Director

 

Tel: +1 604-803-5229

Email: [email protected]

This press release contains “forward-looking information” that is based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements with respect to the Company’s exploration and development plans. The words “will”, “anticipated”, “plans” or other similar words and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking information.

 

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

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