Canexus Announces Receipt of Regulatory Approvals

CALGARY, AB—(Marketwired – March 08, 2017) – Canexus Corporation (TSX: CUS) (“Canexus” or the “Corporation“) announced today that the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a no–action letter under the Competition Act (Canada) in respect of the proposed acquisition of Canexus (the “Transaction“) by an indirect wholly–owned subsidiary of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund. Canexus previously received approvals for the Transaction from its shareholders and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and the condition relating to regulatory approvals has now been satisfied. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, Canexus anticipates completing the Transaction on March 10, 2017.

About Canexus

Canexus produces sodium chlorate and chlor–alkali products largely for the pulp and paper and water treatment industries. Our four plants in Canada and two at one site in Brazil are reliable, low–cost, strategically located facilities that capitalize on competitive electricity costs and transportation infrastructure to minimize production and delivery costs. Canexus targets opportunities to maximize shareholder returns and delivers high–quality products to its customers and is committed to Responsible Care® through safe operating practices. Canexus common shares (CUS) and debentures (Series IV – CUS.DB.B; Series V – CUS.DB.C; Series VI – CUS.DB.D) trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about Canexus is available at www.canexus.ca.

Copies of certain related documents are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Corporation's website.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward–looking statements and information relating to expected future events and financial and operating results of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, including with respect to: expectations regarding the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the completion of the Transaction. These forward–looking statements are based on certain expectations and assumptions, including assumptions as to the time necessary to satisfy the conditions to the closing of the Transaction. The use of the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “continue”, “estimates”, “projects”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends”, “may”, “will” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward–looking statements. Forward–looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward–looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions, future costs, treatment under governmental regulatory, tax and environmental regimes and the other risks and uncertainties detailed under “Risk Factors” in the Corporation's Annual Information Form filed on the Corporation's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Management believes the expectations reflected in these forward–looking statements are currently reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward–looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. Due to the potential impact of these factors, the Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward–looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law. Any financial outlook information contained in this news release about prospective results of operations, financial position or cash flows is based on assumptions about future events, including economic conditions and proposed courses of action, based on Management's assessment of the relevant information currently available. Readers are cautioned that such financial outlook information contained in this news release should not be used for purposes other than those for which it is disclosed herein.

Pure Multi-Family REIT LP Announces Release of Fourth Quarter and 2016 Annual Financial Results and Conference Call

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – March 08, 2017) – Pure Multi–Family REIT LP (“Pure Multi–Family”) (TSX VENTURE: RUF.U) (TSX VENTURE: RUF.UN) (TSX VENTURE: RUF.DB.U) (OTCQX: PMULF) is pleased to announce the release of its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016.

Q4 and Annual 2016 Financial Highlights

The results, consisting of Pure Multi–Family's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016 and management's discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) of results of operations and financial condition dated March 8, 2017, are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and www.puremultifamily.com. All metrics are stated at Pure Multi–Family's interest, which adjusts for any real estate taxes related to IFRIC 21.

Stephen Evans, CEO of Pure Multi–Family, stated, “We are very pleased to announce our fourth quarter and annual results for 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2016, we continued to deliver very strong same property operating metrics, specifically same–property revenue and NOI growth rates. Through our active management, we continued to execute on our high–grading strategy of building a top quality portfolio. When looking at a long–term horizon, we believe this strategy will provide unitholders with a stable and predictable level of FFO and AFFO growth, generated by our best in–class portfolio.”

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Pure Multi–Family achieved same–property revenue growth of 5.3% and same–property NOI growth of 7.0% compared to the prior year. This strong organic growth was primarily driven by an increase in same–property average rent per occupied unit of 5.5%, while same–property average physical occupancy remained relatively flat over the same time period. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, Pure Multi–Family achieved same–property revenue growth of 4.4% and same–property NOI growth 0.9% compared to the same period in the prior year.

Pure Multi–Family reported funds from operations (“FFO”) per basic Class A unit (each, a “Unit”) of Pure Multi–Family of US$0.41 for the year ended December 31, 2016, and US$0.08 per Unit for the three months ended December 31, 2016, compared to US$0.44 per Unit and US$0.11 per Unit, respectively, in 2015. Adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) was US$0.38 per Unit for the year ended December 31, 2016, and US$0.08 per Unit for the three months ended December 31, 2016, compared to US$0.42 per Unit and US$0.10 per Unit, respectively, for the same periods in 2015.

Same–property NOI and FFO and AFFO per Unit amounts were adversely affected during the three months ended December 31, 2016 due to a number of timing issues, including: excess property tax expense booked during the fourth quarter; excess cash on the balance sheet during the year due to the timing of the equity financing; the acquisition of three new assets and the profitable dispositions of two older investment properties, the proceeds of which were used to finance two high quality property acquisitions in early 2017; as well as, the required lease–up of recently acquired, brand new, investment properties that are in stabilization mode.

Property taxes were higher than anticipated due to higher than expected property value assessments. As per the ordinary course of business, certain of the property tax assessments are currently under appeal with expected resolution within the next 12 to 18 months. Until such resolution, however, Pure Multi–Family must book the entire 2016 property tax expense, as assessed. Normalizing the additional property tax expense over the entire 2016 fiscal year, rather than recognizing the entire amount in the fourth quarter would result in adjusted same–property NOI growth for the three months ended December 31, 2016 of 5.4%, compared to the same period in the prior year.

  For the year ended
December 31
  For the three months ended
December 31
 
(US$000's, except per unit amounts) 2016   2015   Change   2016   2015   Change  
Weighted Average Units Outstanding – Basic 51,553,540   39,761,071       55,418,872   43,429,172      
Weighted Average Units Outstanding – Diluted 55,739,002   43,831,867       55,497,401   47,979,552      
                         
Rental Revenue – Same Property (1) 44,518   42,278   5.3 % 15,179   14,540   4.4 %
Rental Revenue – Non–Same Property 31,896   16,598   92.2 % 4,937   2,007   146.0 %
Rental Revenue – Total 76,414   58,876   29.8 % 20,116   16,547   21.6 %
                         
Net Rental Income – Same Property (1) 25,686   23,997   7.0 % 8,191   8,119   0.9 %
Net Rental Income – Non–Same Property 16,006   8,699   84.0 % 2,080   991   109.9 %
Net Rental Income – Total 41,692   32,696   27.5 % 10,271   9,110   12.7 %
                         
FFO 22,036   18,364   20.0 % 4,778   4,885   (2.2 %)
FFO Per Unit – Basic 0.41   0.44   (7.3 %) 0.08   0.11   (23.0 %)
FFO Per Unit – Diluted 0.41   0.44   (6.8 %) 0.08   0.11   (22.3 %)
FFO Payout Ratio 93.0 % 86.1 % 6.9 % 114.8 % 89.3 % 25.5 %
                         
AFFO 20,810   17,363   19.9 % 4,456   4,607   (3.3 %)
AFFO Per Unit – Basic 0.38   0.42   (7.4 %) 0.08   0.10   (23.9 %)
AFFO Per Unit – Diluted 0.38   0.41   (6.8 %) 0.08   0.10   (22.3 %)
AFFO Payout Ratio 98.5 % 91.1 % 7.4 % 123.1 % 94.7 % 28.4 %
                         
Average Rent Per Occupied Unit – Same Property (1) 1,141   1,081   5.5 % 1,191   1,139   4.6 %
Average Rent Per Occupied Unit – Total 1,212   1,078   12.4 % 1,244   1,131   10.1 %
Same Property – represents properties owned during the entire comparative periods  
  As at December 31  
  2016   2015   Change  
Debt to Gross Book Value Ratio 55.2 % 54.6 % 60bps  
Fair Value of Investment Properties 778,547   613,682   26.9 %
Weighted Average Fair Value IFRS Capitalization Rate 5.41 % 5.50 % (90bps )
Total Portfolio Leased Occupancy 94.9 % 97.3 % (240bps )
Total Number of Investment Properties 17   14   21.4 %
Total Number of Residential Units 5,229   4,437   17.8 %
Portfolio Weighted Average Year of Construction 2006   2003   3 years  

Mr. Evans stated, “We are pleased with our solid results for 2016, which included internalizing our asset management function at no cost to our unitholders, and delivering same property revenue growth of 5.3% and same property NOI growth of 7.0%, which places Pure Multi–Family among the leaders in the Canadian REIT space for these key value driving metrics. The internalization of our property management function will commence in the coming quarters. Looking ahead we expect our top quality portfolio to continue to generate solid results for our unitholders.”

Conference Call

Stephen Evans, CEO, Samantha Adams, VP, and Scott Shillington, CFO, of Pure Multi–Family will host the conference call at 12:00 pm (EST), 9:00 am (PST), on Thursday, March 9, 2017, to review the financial results and corporate developments for the year ended December 31, 2016.

To participate in this conference call, please dial one of the following numbers approximately 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the call, and ask to join the Pure Multi–Family REIT LP Conference Call.

Dial in numbers

  Toll free dial in number (from Canada and USA) 1–888–390–0546
  International or Local Toronto 1–416–764–8688

Conference Call Replay

If you cannot participate on March 9, 2017, a replay of the conference call will be available by dialing one of the following replay numbers. You will be able to dial in and listen to the conference 120 minutes after the meeting end time, and the replay will be available until March 16, 2017.

Please enter the Replay ID# 421528, followed by the # key.

  Replay Dial in number (Toll free from Canada or the USA) 1–888–390–0541
  International or Local Toronto 1–416–764–8677

About Pure Multi–Family REIT LP

Pure Multi–Family is a Canadian based, publically traded vehicle which offers investors exclusive exposure to attractive, institutional quality U.S. multi–family real estate assets.

Additional information about Pure Multi–Family is available at www.puremultifamily.com and www.sedar.com.

Non–IFRS Financial Measures

This news release contains certain non–IFRS financial measures, including Pure Multi's interest, FFO, AFFO, net rental income – same property, net rental income – non–same property, rental revenue – same property, rental revenue – non–same property, average rent per occupied unit, average rent per occupied unit – same property, total portfolio leased occupancy, FFO payout ratio, AFFO payout ratio and any related per Unit amounts to measure, compare and explain Pure Multi–Family's operating results and financial performance. These measures are commonly used by entities in the real estate industry as useful metrics for measuring performance. However, they do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other publicly traded entities. These measures should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for related financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS. Please refer to Pure Multi–Family's MD&A (available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com) for the year ended December 31, 2016 for a reconciliation of the non–IFRS financial measures used herein to standardized IFRS measures.

Forward–Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward–looking statements. Forward–looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “plan”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “intend”, “should”, and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward–looking statements. Forward looking statements in this news release include: (a) when looking at a long–term horizon, we believe this strategy will provide unitholders with a stable and predictable level of FFO and AFFO growth, generated by our best in–class portfolio; (b) the internalization of our property management function will commence in the coming quarters, which we anticipate will result in additional cashflow savings; and (iii) looking ahead we expect our top quality portfolio to continue to generate solid results for our unitholders.

Although Pure Multi–Family believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward–looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward–looking statements because Pure Multi–Family can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward–looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, competitive factors in the industries in which Pure Multi–Family operates, prevailing economic conditions, the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals or satisfy the conditions to closing any proposed acquisitions, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Pure Multi–Family.

The forward–looking statements contained in this news release represent Pure Multi–Family's expectations as of the date hereof, and are subject to change after such date. Pure Multi–Family disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward–looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR THE ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.