Alignvest Student Housing – Q3 2019 Management Report

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Please see the attached Q3 management report for Alignvest Student Housing. September is management’s most important month of the year as students are back and classes are starting. We feel management has done a good job over the quarter leasing up the building and achieving better than forecasted operating results. This was primarily reflected in the 10% increase in the Net Operating Income being generated by the properties. In addition, occupancy continues to be very strong with 6 of the 7 buildings achieving a 100% occupancy. Other highlights from the year/quarter include the finalization of a CMHC financing on our Annex property in Ottawa. The terms of the mortgage on the property include a 2.62% interest that is fixed for 10 years. This is very encouraging because in our initial due diligence we were anticipating a 4% cost of debt to achieve our return objectives of 15%+ IRR. Additionally, management continues to be disciplined in their acquisition strategy and we feel that there will be a number of high quality acquisitions done in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

The board has approved the issuance of additional equity in order to fund the potential acquisitions. We will be doing an equity closing on December 31, 2019 which will be available to all current unitholders. We hope you feel as excited about the opportunity as we do. Please contact your advisor to discuss in more detail.


Q3 Management Report

Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund Quarterly Update

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Q2 2019 Performance


  • Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund was up 0.2% (Class F, net of fees) during Q2 2019.  The fund experienced a modest gain during a quarter that proved volatile in terms of swings.  We are generally pleased with the first half of the year, having delivered a return of 6.1% with moderate volatility.


Please click below to view our Q2 2019 performance report.

Q2 2019 ASPF Report



Alignvest Student Housing – Q2 2019 Management Report

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We are pleased to send you the June 30, 2019 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”). As of June 30, 2019, we have acquired seven of Canada’s premier purpose-built student accommodation properties and have over 3,300 beds worth over $384 million in four markets.

We are focused on the roll-out of best practices across our entire portfolio and we have commenced the integration of our new properties into our operating company. In addition, we are focused on maximizing occupancy at all properties in advance of the upcoming school year and we have spent considerable effort to improve the quality of commercial tenants across our portfolio.

Below is the link to our Management Report. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Investment Rationale Management Report



Alignvest Student Housing – Investment Rationale

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Alignvest Management Corporation, a promoter of the REIT, is a leading international alternative investment management firm with over $1 billion of AUM that seeks to deliver exceptional risk adjusted returns for our clients by identifying and exploiting market discontinuities and attracting the very best talent to build industry leading platforms.

“ASH provides investors with access to Alignvest’s institutional investment platform and an experienced team focused exclusively on acquiring high-quality, purpose-built student accommodations across the country that provide our Unitholders an attractive quarterly distribution and long-term capital appreciation.”


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Student Housing Major Milestone Achieved

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We are back at it again. We have lined up another exciting acquisition. The current acquisition adds a tremendous amount of value and is completely transformational. The following key things will be accomplished with this acquisition;

  1. Adds 4 new buildings that are located near tier one Universities in Canada. This brings our total to 7 Buildings and over 3,300 beds. We are now the largest owner operator of Purpose Build Student Housing “PBSA” in Canada.
  2. Diversifies the REITs asset base to more markets that now include a strong hold in Waterloo and Ottawa as well as a presence in both Hamilton and Oshawa.
  3. We will undoubtedly have the highest quality portfolio in Canada with almost all of our buildings being less than 10 years old.
  4. The price we have paid for all of these buildings still is projected to generate a 15%+ IRR (rate of return)/annum.

We are currently raising $75 million of equity to fund the acquisition. We would encourage all unitholders to make an additional investment as this transformational acquisition substantially de-risks the student housing strategy. We will have over $350 million of property in the portfolio and be well ahead of schedule in the accumulation of Student Housing in Canada. We also encourage unitholders to refer any new investors they may think would be interested in our strategy.

Executive Summary

ASH REIT is the only investment vehicle focused exclusively on the Canadian Student Housing Market.

ASH REIT is currently focused on the consolidation of the fragmented Canadian PBSA market

Success to date of the REIT has exceeded expectations

  • 3 Class A+ properties in Tier-1 markets worth over $200 million
  • Quality and quantity of available assets
  • Attractive acquisition prices given limited competition (private transactions)
  • Operational upside to properties day-1

Transformational acquisition to close in April 2019

  • Portfolio consisting of 4 properties with 1,992 beds to be acquired for $170 million
  • Similar high-quality assets to current portfolio at an attractive all-in purchase price
  • Diversifies portfolio and positions ASH REIT as the largest owner/operator of PBSA in Canada
  • Unique opportunity to integrate new properties with current asset in Waterloo market
  • Scale will allow ASH REIT to commence movement of property management in-house

ASH REIT is seeking to raise up to $75 million of new equity in Q1/Q2 2019 to fund the Portfolio acquisition and position the REIT for additional high-quality acquisitions in the near-term

  • Sale of units to fund purchase expected to yield annual distributions (mainly return of capital) in excess of 6% to unitholders and long-term returns in excess of 15%
  • Units prices attractive relative to alternative real estate investments

We look forward to updating everyone in April when the transaction closes. Thanks again for your support.