Alignvest Student Housing – Q1 2022 Management Report

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We are pleased to send you the March 31, 2022 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

We are currently experiencing high inflation in Canada, with the inflation rate rising to 6.7% in March 2022. We are seeing that student housing provides very effective protection against inflation due to the natural, high turnover of student leases. While we are still in the midst of our pre-leasing season, we are executing leases at higher than budget rates and expect to achieve strong year-over-year growth in rents. Further, we continue to experience strong demand for our beds, with our pre-leasing  for September 2022 currently 16% ahead of last year at this time. We expect to have another year of strong occupancy next year, consistent with our current occupancy of 98%.

In response to high inflation, the Bank of Canada increased its benchmark interest rate by 50bps on April 13, 2022 and has indicated that further rate hikes should be expected. This, combined with the uncertainty from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has created a volatile financing environment, with base rates and lender spreads increasing. We are pleased to have stable and attractive financing in place, with no material near-term financing requirements. With respect to potential acquisitions, we have been building up a robust cash reserve on our balance sheet to capitalize on the expected opportunities that may arise over the next few months.

Even in an inflationary and volatile financing environment, there continues to be strong interest in the student housing sector both nationally and globally. On April 19, 2022, Blackstone announced the acquisition of American Campus Communities, the largest owner/operator of student housing in the United States, for ~USD$13 billion, demonstrating the continuing confidence in the sector.

Below is the link to our Management Report.

Management Report

Alignvest Student Housing – Q4 2021 Management Report

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DECEMBER 31, 2021 – MANAGEMENT REPORT

We are pleased to send you the December 31, 2021 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

We are proud of ASH REIT’s achievements in 2021. We finished the year with three transformative acquisitions, which increased the REIT’s asset base by 1,323 beds and over $215 million in asset value; we maintained near-full occupancy and very attractive collection rates across the portfolio through another year under COVID-19; and we have experienced positive leasing and operational results which have set the foundation for a successful 2022/23 academic year. With these achievements, we were able to deliver a net return of 12.1% in 2021, and an annualized return since inception of 11.1% (applicable to Class F unitholders, assuming DRIP participation).

While we are currently persevering through another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain optimistic that the impacts on the economy and student demographic will not hinder our operations, similar to the prior two years. We are at 98% occupancy and we expect our buildings to have near-full physical occupancy as students return to campus over the next several weeks.

Student housing continues to prove itself to be a resilient asset class and we remain excited about the outlook for the sector. Following a successful fundraising period in Q4 2021, we are now focused on acquiring additional properties in 2022 to continue to build on our track record of delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns to our investors.

Below is the link to our Management Report. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Management Report

Alignvest Student Housing – Q3 Management Report

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We are pleased to send you the September 30, 2021 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

Q3 2021 included the long-anticipated resumption of in-person classes at Canadian universities, making this arguably the most important period in our short history. We are extremely pleased to see students return to campus and confirm that online classes have not disrupted the traditional in-person teaching model.

In Q3 2021, we experienced robust leasing activity. We have returned to pre-pandemic occupancy with 96% of our beds leased for the 2021/2022 school year, and we are continuing to see additional interest from students who are still making plans to return for January 2022. Importantly, we have achieved this occupancy while also growing our gross and net rent on a year-over-year basis.

We also successfully closed our previously announced acquisition of THEO, a 507-bed property with ~18,000 square feet of retail space, on July 30, 2021. Since closing, renovations were completed to increase the bed count to 528 beds. We were successful in securing attractive financing for this deal and are proud to add this high quality property to our portfolio.

 

Below is the link to our Management Report. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.
Management Report

 

 

THEO, OTTAWA

On July 30, 2021, we closed the acquisition of THEO, a recently renovated, multi-unit student housing building located at 305 Rideau Street in Ottawa, Ontario. The 12-storey building is comprised of 193 units and 528 beds. THEO offers top of the market interior finishes including a premium modern furniture package, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and in suite laundry. In addition to the residential space, there is approximately 18,000 square feet of street level retail space with tenants such as Bank of Montreal, PiCo and Dollarama.

Alignvest Student Housing – Q1 2021 Management Report

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MARCH 31, 2021 – MANAGEMENT REPORT

 

We are pleased to send you the March 31, 2021 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

Throughout Q1 2021, we continued to focus on operations and growth while maintaining the health and safety of our team and residents at our properties. With the roll-out of vaccines in Canada and our universities issuing “return-to-campus” announcements for Fall 2021, we are starting to see signs of a return to normalcy in Canada.

We expect that high-quality accommodations will be in demand as students return to campus. With this in mind, we completed a strategic acquisition of two properties in Waterloo that added 795 beds to our portfolio, and we have secured another attractive acquisition in Ottawa with over 500 beds that we expect to close in early Q3 2021. With these acquisitions completed, our assets will be valued at over $650 million. We are continuing to raise equity capital to fund these acquisitions.

Below is the link to our Management Report. In addition, below is a link to our recently issued 2020 audited financial statements. We have included enhanced financial disclosure and commentary in this report. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

March 31, 2021 - Management Report

2020 Audited Financial Statements

 

 

Alignvest Student Housing – Q3 2020 Management Report

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 – MANAGEMENT REPORT

We are pleased to send you the September 30, 2020 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

September is the most important month for our REIT as it is the start of the school year. This year, in particular, with the onset of the “second wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around university operations, we have been hyper-focused on occupancy and managing the health and safety of our tenants and employees. We are pleased that the majority of students showed up, are occupying their units, are excited to partake in the university experience, and are paying rent on time.

We are cautiously optimistic that our occupancy figures will continue to improve in the coming quarters with the recent announcement by the government to allow international students to enter Canada as of October 20, 2020.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Click the link below for the September 2020 update.

Management Report

Alignvest Student Housing – Update

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ASH Unitholders,

September 1st is a very important date for our student housing assets. Most of our leases run on a September – September term. We wanted to provide some real time information as to how September appears to be going. The following attachment gives some raw numbers of our current portfolio. We wanted to provide some additional information in order to help best understand theses numbers and what they mean:

 

  • Our overall portfolio is 85%+ leased for the year. This is well above our estimated breakeven occupancy of 65%.
  • There is ONE building in our portfolio that is managed by a University. This is the annex building in Ottawa. The Annex has been recognized as the best building in the Universities portfolio and is the most occupied building. Its current occupancy is 57%. This is expected to be the case for at least the first term. Generally this building is fully occupied with a long waiting list.
  • We continue to be operating in a positive cash flow environment and we have plenty of cash on our balance sheet to weather any storm or take advantage of an opportunity to acquire quality assets.
  • At this point in time, management sees no reason to cut the distributions to unitholders and therefor distributions will continue.

 

See the below update:

 

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Alignvest Student Housing – June 30, 2020 – Management Report

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We are pleased to send you the June 30, 2020 Management Report of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

Throughout Q2 2020, the uncertainty with respect to COVID-19 has subsided with universities announcing their plans for the Fall 2020 term and our properties continuing to perform strongly. Our revenue collection stands at approximately 95% and our pre-leasing is approaching 90%. With this stability in place, we have shifted our focus on acquisition opportunities.

We recently announced the acquisition of our first property in Western Canada, 1Ten on Whyte in Edmonton, which transforms us into a truly national player in the institutional-grade, purpose-built student accommodation space. We have also re-engaged on several additional attractive acquisition opportunities worth upwards of $500 million.

 

Below is the link to our Management Report.

 

June 30, 2020 - Management Report

 

Alignvest Student Housing – Press Release

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We’re very pleased that the REIT is completing its first acquisition in Western Canada. The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian University and rated amongst the top 100 universities in the world. Should you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact your MFG Portfolio Manager.

Please see the below press release regarding Alignvest Student Housing.
Press Release
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