Alignvest Student Housing – Q1 2022 Management Report

with No Comments

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 – Q3 Management Report

with No Comments

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 – Q3 2020 Management Report

with No Comments

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

with No Comments
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:

 

Flash Report

Alignvest Student Housing – Press Release

with No Comments

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

Alignvest Student Housing – Q1 2020 Management Report

with No Comments

We are pleased to highlight the March 31, 2020 Management Report from Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (“ASH REIT”).

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In response, we immediately paused on the multiple acquisitions we were working on and shifted our focus to mitigate the impact of the pandemic to our employees and tenants, and to ASH REIT’s broader business. We are pleased to report that we are on track to collect approximately 95% of April rents, and expect similar outcomes over the summer months.

Recently, the Canadian universities began announcing their plans for September 2020; we have provided an update on what we know and are shifting our operating focus to respond to an expected primarily online environment for the Fall term.

Amidst this uncertainty, we are starting to see some attractive opportunities emerge. With operations largely stabilized, we expect to resume our focus on completing accretive transactions over the coming months and we believe that there will be an opportunity to transact at attractive valuations.

Below is the link to our Management Report. In addition, we will be hosting a conference call to discuss our performance and outlook on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT – please register for the call using the link below.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Stay safe and take care

 

Management Report

 

 

We recently completed renovations and relaunched our property in Oshawa as “17Hundred”. We have updated the lobby area (pictured) and all common areas to match modern design trends and better compete with other student housing properties in the market.

Alignvest Student Housing – Announcement and Update

with No Comments
Please see the latest addition to the Alignvest Student Housing team. We are very happy to have Nancy Lockhart join the board.
Management has also provided some very relevant information on the performance of the REIT in two additional Flash Reports. Please see below.

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Lockhart has been appointed as a Trustee of Alignvest Student Housing REIT, effective immediately.

Ms. Lockhart is a director of George Weston Limited, Choice Properties REIT and Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation. Previously, Ms. Lockhart was the Chair of Gluskin Sheff + Associates, Inc., and a director of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, Retirement Residence REIT and Barrick Gold Corporation. Additionally, Ms. Lockhart was formerly the Chief Administrative Officer of Frum Development Group and a Vice President of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation. Currently, she is the Chair Emeritus of Crow’s Theatre Company and Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music, and was previously Chair of the Ontario Science Centre, President of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Chair of the Canadian Film Centre, Director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and Director of The Canada Merit Scholarship Foundation. Ms. Lockhart was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2006.

 

 

Below is a link to the press release
Press Release

 

In addition to the exciting announcement regarding Ms. Lockhart’s appointment, Alignvest Student Housing remains committed to being transparent during these uncertain times. We have been, and will continue to, release periodic “Flash Reports” on our website for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to address specific issues in our upcoming reports.
Flash Report #2

 

Flash Report #3

Alignvest Student Housing – Flash Report

with No Comments

Please find below the most recent update on Alignvest Student Housing. Management wanted to share the latest numbers regarding the lease up for the 2020/2021 school year and the collection of April rents. In summary, we are ahead of where we were last year with respect to leasing for the upcoming school year. Our properties are proving to be highly desirable and some of the feedback received has been that higher quality properties are even more in favour during these times of uncertainty. With respect to April rents, we are tracking to get over 97% of rent cheques. Although lower than usual, it is still far above any amount that would have management concerned about cash flow.

 

COVID-19 Flash Report

COVID-19 Update and 2019 Annual Management Report

with No Comments

Please see the annual report from Management that includes audited 2019 financial statements. The section in the report entitled “2019 Year In Review” does a good job highlighting the success we have had during the year.

COVID-19 is obviously top of mind for everyone these days including students, universities and property owners. Management has done a good job highlighting our efforts thus far in planning for COVID-19. Our staff and students are our number one priority. This is outlined in the two sections, “Our Response to COVID-19” and “FAQ on COVID-19”. We want to ensure investors that the REIT is well positioned to withstand a prolonged disruption if necessary. We currently have 4 years of expenses in cash on our balance sheet. This $50+ million of cash provides us tremendous stability and we are taking measures to tighten up our operations to ensure we continue to be financially prudent. We are working closely with the universities to better understand their perspectives and strategies for the 2020/2021 school year.

We are the largest player in the Canadian student housing space and our balance sheet will ensure we exit the COVID-19 pandemic in a favourable position.

Below are links to our 2019 Annual Management Report and Financial Statements.

 

2019 Annual Management Report

 

2019 Financial Statements

 

Our Response to COVID-19

 

FAQ on COVID19
1 2