BSR Acquires Aura Castle Hills in Dallas Market for $51.8 Million
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ - BSR Real Estate Investment Trust ("BSR" or the "REIT") (TSX: HOM.U) (TSX: HOM.UN) announced today that it has acquired Aura Castle Hills Apartments ("Aura Castle Hills" or the "Property"), a 276 suite, garden style residential community in Lewisville, Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for $51.8 million ($187,681/suite). The transaction was funded through the REIT's credit facilities. The addition of the Property is expected to be immediately accretive to the REIT's adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") on a per unit basis.
Aura Castle Hills was constructed in 2019 in the high-growth Dallas/Fort Worth MSA. The Property has numerous amenities including a clubhouse, modern fitness center, resort-style swimming pool with sun deck, garages, 24/7 package locker system, grilling areas, fire pit and pet park. BSR now owns 1,984 apartment units in the Dallas/Fort Worth MSA, representing approximately 24% of the REIT's Net Operating Income ("NOI").
"Aura Castle Hills is a modern community in one of BSR's high growth targeted markets," stated John Bailey, BSR's Chief Executive Officer. "This purchase is another example of BSR's superior execution on our capital recycling strategy. Aura Castle Hills has all of the amenities our residents treasure and value."
BSR currently owns 40 multifamily garden style properties consisting of 9,681 units with a weighted average age of 20 years. The REIT's 12 acquisitions following the IPO have added 3,511 apartment units with a weighted average year built of 2011 compared to 20 dispositions to-date totaling 3,666 apartment units with a weighted average year built of 1982. Including the acquisition of the Property, 82% of BSR's NOI now comes from properties located in the REIT's primary markets, compared with 52% at the time of the REIT's IPO in 2018, and the REIT's debt to gross book value ("Debt-to-GBV") is 51.9%.
About BSR Real Estate Investment Trust
BSR Real Estate Investment Trust is an internally managed, unincorporated, and 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 multifamily garden-style residential properties located in attractive primary and secondary markets in the Sunbelt region of the United States.
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SOURCE BSR Real Estate Investment Trust