TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 27, 2023 / The Forum Real Estate Income and Impact Fund (“REIIF” or the “Fund”) released its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023. Series F investors in REIIF have earned a return of 2.53%1 for the first quarter, including the monthly distribution (3.83 cents/Series F/month or a 4.3% annualized distribution yield). REIIF’s consistent performance is fueled by sustained imbalances in the rental housing market, resulting in strong rental growth in 2022 and a continued positive outlook for 2023. The purpose-built student accommodation (“PBSA”) properties of REIIF, situated on-campus at York University, have shown substantial leasing momentum for the upcoming academic year, with nearly 70% of the units already leased.
The Fund’s asset allocation strategy, with a majority to student housing that experiences naturally higher tenant turnover and strong demand, is being validated as we expect significantly higher rental rate growth and increased cash flow starting this September" said Aly Damji, Managing Partner at Forum Asset Management ("Forum") and a Trustee of REIIF.
Currently, the Fund comprises ten properties and over 1,800 units spanning approximately 625,000 square feet of residential gross leasable area and over $400 M of asset value. The portfolio is substantially stabilized with portfolio occupancy of 98.6%, Comparative Property NOI growth versus the previous quarter of +4% and an embedded rental rate ‘mark-to-market on turnover’ of +20%. Two assets were recently independently appraised in accordance with the Fund’s valuation policy, contributing to the positive returns realized in the first quarter of 2023. The Fund’s properties located near Black Creek Village in Toronto saw an increase in value from the completion of adding an additional 20% to unit count, that will result in higher income for the Fund commencing in the second quarter. Additionally, the appraisal value of the Fund’s co-living property in Ottawa increased due to capturing rental growth from tenant turnover, contributing to higher income for the property. “Our active asset management approach creates value for unitholders which is supported through third party appraisals,” said Greg Spafford, Fund Head for REIIF. Further, Forum continues to see a strong pipeline of accretive acquisitions for REIIF in primary and secondary markets across Canada. Forum expects to see further growth for REIIF in the near term through exclusive access to Forum’s completed development pipeline under a right of first offer agreement (“ROFO”), which will provide access to over $100 million of properties to be delivered in 2023. Distributions The March distribution was paid on April 17, 2023 to unitholders of record as at March 31, 2023 as follows:
Balance Sheet Update
As of March 31, 2023, the Fund has maintained a conservative debt to assets ratio of 48%. The Fund’s liquidity position also increased by over $10 million in the quarter, exceeding $50 million. In the second quarter, after completing the planned CMHC-insured financing initiatives, REIIF’s debt structure is expected to be over 90% fixed rate, with an effective coupon approximating 3% and a weighted average term to maturity2 of approximately seven years. “REIIF is financed with primarily long-term, fixed rate, CMHC-insured mortgages, which provides the lowest cost of debt capital for the rental housing sector,” said Rajeev Viswanathan, Managing Partner and CFO at Forum. “Despite the recent turmoil in the financial sector, the market for CMHC-insured mortgages continues to operate normally, as it did during the Global Financial Crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.” Impact Initiatives REIIF’s impact and environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) initiatives are focused on reducing its environmental footprint and increasing social engagement. In 2022, REIIF neutralized 50% of its carbon consumption with the balance expected to be offset in 2023. “Through a combination of energy-efficient operations and strategic capital investments, we are actively implementing a Net Zero Carbon Transition Plan to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance the performance of our portfolio while contributing to a more sustainable planet.” said Kathleen Beaumont, Director Impact & ESG for Forum.
More information on REIIF’s Impact Framework is available at www.forumreiif.ca/impact. 1 – The yield and total return is for the Lead Series F units and is no guarantee of future results. The distribution rate and total return received by a unit holder will differ based on the series of trust units in which a unit holder invests. 2 – Weighted average term to maturity (WATM) aggregates each loan’s remaining years to maturity, weighted by the loan’s principal balance outstanding over total indebtedness.
REIIF invests principally in institutional-quality, multi-family rental apartments, purpose-built student accommodations, and co-living communities located in supply constrained markets in Canada. The Fund also strives to deliver a sector-leading impact and ESG-driven portfolio that will enhance yields and total returns while future-proofing the portfolio to ensure diversity and resiliency of income. For more information, please visit our website at www.forumreiif.ca.
Forum, the manager of REIIF, is an investor, developer and asset manager operating across North America for over 25 years. Our core purpose is to deliver Extraordinary Outcomes™ to our stakeholders. Our adaptable, agile, and dynamic team is committed to sustainability and responsible investing, creating value that benefits the communities in which we invest. Our investment focus includes real estate, private equity, and infrastructure. The enterprise value of our assets under management currently exceeds C$1.7 billion. Our investments have attracted a number of top investors. We’re proud to have delivered in the top tier of alternative asset returns since 2002, while positively impacting over 6,000 lives. For more information about Forum, visit: www.forumam.com.
Name: Rajeev Viswanathan, Chief Financial Officer Phone Number: 416-947-0389 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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