Pacific Calgary Opportunity Trust (PCOT II): Investor Update
January 2, 2021 – We hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe, and that you were able to make the best of an unusual holiday season. The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has certainly challenged the resilience of the economy and businesses of all kinds, including land development. Thankfully, Pacific’s land investment model is itself resilient to unfavourable economic conditions. We look forward to better times as the province and the country worm to recover lost ground over the coming months and years.
As was shared with Investors in June of this year, there was a pause in land development activity earlier this year that continued through September, which gave Pacific with an extended period to investigate the cost basis under which the McClellan Business Park lands will be eventually developed. With Hopewell’s Interlink Logistics Park now underway to the west of our property, across Dwight McClellan Drive, Pacific was able to gain valuable information on regional servicing in East Balzac. Hopewell has brought municipal services almost to our borders to serve their own interests, which has allowed for more precise negotiations with Rocky View County. At the same time, Pacific made the decision to simplify the design of McClellan Business Park substantially, and the resulting cost basis for the eventual development of the lands is now at a much more favourable level. Refining the development cost basis for the next developer supports the value of the sale and exit Pacific is now working to achieve.
McClellan Business Park features excellent transportation connections to two major arteries (QEII and Stoney Trail) and the Airport (as an Inland Port for logistics). The East Balzac region, over the past year, seems to have reached a tipping point where there is less development land available compared with lands that have already been developed and occupied. Pacific has fielded enquiries on our lands from several developers over the past year. Specifically, a development corporation we are discussions with has shown interest in acquiring our lands, and here in the New Year, we will restart discussions toward the goal of having an Offer on the table.
In closing, we remind Investors about the world we are all living in. Like many other industries, the land development community is still coming to grips with what the economic disruptions caused by the pandemic over the past year will mean to land and development going forward.
The overall picture of Calgary, Alberta, is of a downturn, and what bright spots there are, or what market confidence exists to support large or long term land purchases isn’t yet clear for 2021 and beyond. Still, two community developers we are in contact with were, recently, somewhat surprised to report their own sales absorption rates for 2020 are not much different from that of an average ‘down’ year. They also noted it was much more effort just to reach those moderate sales numbers. So, while 2020 was a very challenging year in this and many more respects, there is reason for optimism in the resilience people and companies can demonstrate in times of crisis, and here is hoping the worst of the pandemic will soon be behind us all.
Pacific Investments & Development Ltd. wishes you a safe and happy Holiday Season, and we look forward to a prosperous year in 2021.
Pacific Investments & Development Ltd
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.
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:
Please click on the below link to access the latest update on
Henri Bourassa Storage LP.
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
Please see the below Flash Report #4 as provided by the Management team for Alignvest Student Housing.
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
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.
Despite our next scheduled update not being until July, the General Partners (GP) of StoreWest Dufferin LP felt it was important to communicate with everyone considering the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. We will cover off both segments of the business in order.
Great White Car & Truck Wash
This business is currently open and operational. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made adjustments on an operational basis to ensure we are adhering to current and evolving provincial guidelines. First, effective March 30, we have adjusted our hours of business to 8AM to 8PM in order to provide more flexibility for our employees in these extraordinary times. The safety of our employees and customers is the top priority. This adjusment has allowed employees to more easily arrange transportation and childcare for their families, while allowing us to stay open and maintain a properly staffed work environment. This change was implemented only after considerable review of operational data and analysis of the highest income-generating hours.
At Great White Car and Truck Wash, we have been blessed with a very dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us since we opened. While the car wash is considered a low risk environment with respect to the virus, their loyalty and reliability has been exceptional. To offset the overall reduction of working hours available to our employees, we have implemented a temporary $2.00/hour raise. We want to ensure that the efforts of our staff during this difficult time are being recognized and appreciated, and we anticipate that these changes will help them weather the challenges of the situation.
As we analyze government protocols and newly implemented rules, our partners have taken the firm stance that we are presently classified as an essential service. Car washes have generally fallen into this classification and our truck wash with 90+ fleets under contract only strengthens this point. Great White is currently providing needed cleaning and washing services to a wide variety of essential companies including food transportation companies, towing companies, utility companies and Alberta Health Services. We will continue to monitor the situation, and, should this categorization change, we will inform all stakeholders of the same. Otherwise we will continue to operate the wash and keep our staff employed.