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Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust Completes Sale of Its Interest in Villarboit Investments for $70 Million

/EIN News/ -- TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DREAM HARD ASSET ALTERNATIVES TRUST (TSX:DRA.UN) or (the “Trust” or “our”) today announced the closing of the previously disclosed sale of its investment in its Villarboit retail income producing and development holding properties (the “Villarboit investments”) for approximately $70 million. The Villarboit investments consisted of six non-recourse participating loans with initial terms of 10 years securing operational retail assets or retail assets under development and one 19.8% co-ownership interest in a retail plaza. The Trust’s security under the participating loans ranged from approximately 65% to 89% interests in the properties. The Trust re-invested approximately $45 million of the proceeds in a first mortgage loan on a development in Markham, Ontario, which comprised one of the Villarboit investments, that bears interest at 10%. The Villarboit investments were part of the initial portfolio of the Trust at the time of inception and, as at June 30, 2017, the fair value was $70.0 million before transaction costs.

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