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Feb 20, 2020

Northview REIT agrees to $2.5B takeover by Starlight, Kingsett

McCreath: Starlight, KingSett getting into 'silly' territory with Northview REIT deal

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Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust has agreed to be taken over in a multi-billion dollar deal involving its top shareholder.

Under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday, Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc. and Kingsett Capital Inc. will acquire the Calgary-based REIT for $36.25 per unit. The all-cash transaction, which Northview said was based on an unsolicited approach in early October, has an equity value of $2.5 billion. Including debt, the total deal value reaches $4.8 billion.

"We look forward to building on Northview's tenant focus by maintaining high-quality, well-operated and sustainable buildings,” said Starlight President and CEO Daniel Drimmer, who ranks as Northview’s top shareholder with a 13 per cent stake, in a release.

Northview added that it has been granted a go-shop period of as much as 60 days during which time it can seek and consider alternate offers. According to Northview, National Bank Financial, which is serving as advisor to the REIT’s special committee, pegged the company’s fair market value at $33.25 to $36.75 per unit.

“This transaction is a testament to the business Northview has built, both through its original incarnation as Northern Property REIT,” said Northview CEO Todd Cook in a release. “We have successfully executed on our strategic priorities to build the portfolio in strong and growing markets, and to create value for unitholders through organic growth and Northview’s development platform.”

Northview said it expects the takeover will close by the third quarter of this year. However, if the REIT secures a superior proposal, it will be on the hook for as much as an $88-million break fee owed to Starlight and KingSett.