Loblaw REIT raises C$400 mln in IPO; units open lower in debut
July 5 (Reuters) - Loblaw Cos Ltd, Canada's largest food retailer, said its real estate investment trust raised C$400 million in an initial public offering.
Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust sold 40 million units at C$10.00 per unit. The units debuted below their offer price at C$9.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The units were the most traded on the exchange, with more than 2 million units changing hands by 1010 ET on Friday.
The REIT also raised C$600 million ($570.8 million) through issuance of senior debentures and completed a C$200 million offering to George Weston Ltd, Loblaw's biggest shareholder.
Loblaw had said it planned to spin off real estate worth more than C$7 billion into a REIT and sell units of the trust through an initial public offering in July.
The company said on Friday it sold a portfolio of 425 properties indirectly to the REIT for about C$7 billion.
Choice Properties initially plans to make monthly cash distributions of C$0.054167 per unit. ($1 = 1.0511 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay in Bangalore)
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