Montreal, Quebec, March 2, 2022 – (CSE: EMER) Emergia Inc. (the “Corporation” or “EMERGIA”) is pleased to announce it has proceeded to a first closing (the “Closing”) of the transaction announced on February 22, 2022 to purchase a position (the “Interest”) of approximately 31% of the total value of a portfolio comprised of six retail plazas in six cities in Ontario (the “Portfolio”). The Portfolio includes approximately 568,000 sq. ft. of gross leasable area (“GLA”) that is almost fully leased, with an additional development potential of approximately 196,000 sq. ft. of GLA, part of which are under negotiations for 2022.
The Closing represents approximately 90.7% of the purchase price for the acquisition of the Interest in the Portfolio, done at arm’s length, representing approximately $36.9 million out of the $40.7 million total purchase price, which has been paid through a combination of assumption of debt and the issuance to the vendors of $9,494,800 of class “A” common shares of the Corporation at a price of $1.00 per share. The closing for the balance of the transaction, is expected to take place on March 15, 2022.
“We are proud of closing this transaction which now positions the Corporation with revenue generating properties in Ontario. This transaction is also strategic to Emergia as it ensures a foreseeable growth in Ontario as an additional 196,000 sq.ft., representing a growth of approximately 34.5% of the Portfolio, is expected to be developed within the next two years.” said Henri Petit, President and CEO of Emergia.
Out of the total amount paid in shares, $300,000 of Class “A” common shares at $1.00 per share were issued to one director of the Corporation who was a minority limited partner in one of the limited partnerships owning part the Portfolio. The shares issued to this director represent 0.70% of the issued and outstanding Class “A” common shares, and this director now owns a total of 320,588 Class “A” common shares, representing 0.06% of the votes of the Corporation. The issuance of the shares to the director constitutes a “related party transaction” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Corporation was exempt from the MI 61-101 formal valuation and minority approval requirements for related party transactions under sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 as neither the fair market value of the subject matter of, nor the fair market value of the consideration for, the transaction, insofar as it involves the director, exceeded 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization. The transaction was unanimously approved by the board of the Corporation.
ABOUT EMERGIA INC.
EMERGIA operates mainly in Canada in the development, acquisition and management of multi-purpose real estate, including retail, multi-residential, industrial, and office buildings as well as land for future development. The Corporation’s investment platform is based on an integrated,
agile and efficient develop-to-own strategy that enables EMERGIA to benefit from development profits and the value-add while securing stable long-term returns.
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