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BSR REIT Acquires Towne Park Property in Growing Northwest Arkansas Market.

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29 October 2018 - Canadian REIT BSR Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: HOM.U) has closed on the acquisition of Towne Park at Har-Ber Apartments, in Springdale, Arkansas, for USD 28.9m, the company said.

The transaction was funded utilizing BSR's revolving credit facility. The addition of Towne Park is expected to be accretive to the REIT's adjusted funds from operations on a per unit basis.

Towne Park, which was constructed in two phases in 2016 and 2017, is a 237-unit multifamily property comprising one, two, and three bedroom apartments and townhomes in the high-growth Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area.

The property is the REIT's second purchase in this region in just under two years, following the acquisition of Mountain Ranch Apartments, a 360 unit garden-style complex less than 10 miles away.

Northwest Arkansas is the fastest growing region of the state and 14th fastest growing MSA in the United States. Towne Park is located less than a 15 mile drive from the headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies including, Walmart.

Median household income in Northwest Arkansas rose 8.1% in the past 12 months. In the multifamily space, average lease prices in Northwest Arkansas have increased 18% over the past four years. Multifamily vacancy rates in this MSA currently sit at 3.9%, representing a decrease of 260 basis points over the past four years.

In the past two and a half years, BSR has grown its portfolio by 16% through the acquisition of five properties with a combined 1,394 units.

The total unit count for BSR, which completed an IPO just five months ago on the Toronto Stock Exchange, now stands at 10,116 units.

BSR Real Estate Investment Trust is an internally managed, unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario.

The REIT owns a portfolio of 49 multifamily garden-style residential properties consisting of 10,116 apartment units located across five bordering states in the Sunbelt region of the United States.

Country: USA

Sector: Construction/Real Estate

Target: Towne Park at Har-Ber Apartments, in Springdale, Arkansas

Buyer: BSR Real Estate Investment Trust

Vendor:

Deal size in USD: 28.9m

Type: LBO

Financing: Cash

Status: Closed

Buyer advisor: , ,

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