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RioCan REIT Provides an Update on Its Capital Recycling Program

/EINPresswire.com/ -- TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jul 4, 2017) - RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust ("RioCan") (TSX:REI.UN) is pleased to provide an update on its capital recycling program. On June 29, 2017, RioCan completed the sale of its Cambie Street property in Vancouver, B.C. for a sale price of $94.2 million, which equates to a capitalization rate of 3.29%. RioCan has also entered into a firm agreement to sell a portfolio of six chartered bank branches located in B.C. at a sale price of $30.3 million, which equates to a capitalization rate of 3.72%. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

"Since 2013, RioCan has recycled close to $1.5 billion of capital, not including our highly successful sale of our portfolio in the United States, and we have reinvested these proceeds into accretive acquisitions that improve our overall portfolio and into development projects that will unlock the intrinsic value in our urban properties and diversify our revenue stream with the addition of rental residential assets," said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. "We are not only securing the financial strength of Canada's largest REIT, we are securing the continued future growth for our unitholders by creating substantial value though our urban intensification program."

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements made in this News Release related to the Trust's development program and capital recycling strategies, the sale of the assets currently under contract, together with other statements concerning RioCan's objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management's beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "objective", "may", "will", "would", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "plan", "continue", or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.
Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan's current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under "Risks and Uncertainties" in RioCan's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period ended March 31, 2017 ("MD&A") and the Trust's most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release.

Management undertakes no obligation, except as required by applicable law, to publicly update or revise any forward- looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Management undertakes no obligation, except as required by applicable law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada's largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at March 31, 2017. RioCan owns and manages Canada's largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet. For the past 25 years, we have shaped the future, sensibly cultivated growth, and taken our stakeholders and partners wherever they needed to go. Currently, we have more than 6,200 tenants and 700 employees with a presence from coast to coast. We know that there is a home for every retailer. Whether we find it today or build it for tomorrow, we deliver real vision, solid ground. For more information, visit www.riocan.com.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Qi Tang
SVP and CFO
(416) 866-3033
www.riocan.com