Connor, Clark and Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure), EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), and Hoosier Energy are celebrating American Clean Power Week as construction winds down at the 200-megawatt (MW) Riverstart Solar Park in Indiana, which will be the largest solar array in the state upon completion.

Located 80 miles northeast of Indianapolis, the solar park has brought hundreds of jobs to Randolph County with approximately $180 million in capital investments. When operational, Riverstart Solar Park will power the equivalent of more than 36,000 average Indiana homes annually.

Over the project’s lifetime, millions of dollars in property tax payments will be disbursed to school districts and local governments. Riverstart has a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy, which will use energy produced from the project to power communities throughout central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. The agreement will help diversify the electric grid and add to Indiana’s growing portfolio of renewable energy projects.

“Riverstart Solar Park will provide an economical source of renewable energy for the next two decades and is a great fit for our members’ long-term needs,” said Donna Walker, Hoosier Energy President and CEO. “Hoosier Energy appreciates the collaboration with EDPR and CC&L Infrastructure and looks forward to working with them to make this project a success.”

Hoosier Energy is a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative that provides electric power and services to 18 not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative owners. The 18 cooperative members serve more than 760,000 consumers.

The solar project’s construction has already created hundreds of jobs for Hoosiers and continues to bring well paying jobs to the area. Riverstart has also led to millions of dollars of spending within 50 miles of the project— boosting the local economy and supporting local businesses and families. The project will also complement the area’s agricultural resources with a stable, weather-proof cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.

“CC&L Infrastructure and our investment partner, Desjardins Group, are pleased to own and operate this largescale solar project alongside EDPR,” said Matt O’Brien, President of CC&L Infrastructure. “As long-term investors, we believe in responsible investment. CC&L Infrastructure is focused on investing in essential infrastructure projects that support local communities while creating value for customers, employees and investors. We look forward to working together to supply Hoosier and Randolph County with solar power for the decades to come.”

“EDP Renewables is proud to bring investments, jobs, economic growth, and renewable energy to Indiana,” said Miguel Prado, CEO of EDP Renewables North America. We are grateful for the collaboration with Hoosier Energy and CC&L Infrastructure, who made the Riverstart Solar Park possible, and we are thrilled to see the positive impact solar power has had on the Randolph County community and the state of Indiana as a whole.”

Riverstart Solar Park is expected to begin operations before the end of 2021. EDPR NA has 1,199 MW of operational renewable energy capacity in Indiana, which represents one-third of all renewable energy capacity installed in the state. Through the company’s dedication to sustainability measures, Indiana is one step closer to a cleaner, brighter future.

About Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

CC&L Infrastructure invests in middle-market infrastructure assets with highly attractive risk-return characteristics, long lives and the potential to generate stable cash flows. The firm has been an active investor and owner of traditional and renewable energy assets for more than 15 years. Its portfolio includes more than 60 hydro, solar, and wind facilities totaling 1.4 GW of clean energy generating capacity globally. CC&L Infrastructure is a part of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., a multi boutique asset management firm whose affiliates collectively manage approximately CAD$100 billion in assets.

For more information, please visit www.cclinfrastructure.com.

About EDP Renewables North America

EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), its affiliates, and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 58 wind farms, eight solar parks, and seven regional offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 8,300 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 8,000 MW of onshore utility-scale renewable energy projects. With more than 800 employees, EDPR NA’s highly qualified team has a proven capacity to execute projects across the continent.

For more information, visit www.edpr.com/north-america.

About EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest renewable energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 17 international markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam).

EDPR is committed to furthering social advances in terms of sustainability and integration. This is reflected by the inclusion of the company in the Bloomberg Gender Equality index and the fact that it has been certified as a Top Employer 2020 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Romania, Portugal, and the United Kingdom) and a Top Workplace 2020 in the United States, both of which recognize its employee-driven policies.

Energias de Portugal, S.A. (EDP), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation, and sustainability. EDP has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 13 consecutive years.

About Hoosier Energy

Founded in 1949, Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 member distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. We are a community-focused organization that works to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and safe energy. Collectively, our 18 members serve more than 760,000 consumers. Hoosier Energy is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information, visit www.hoosierenergy.com.

Contact:

Kaitlin Blainey
Director
Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure
(416) 216-8047
[email protected]

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Hy Stor Energy LP (Hy Stor Energy), which will develop, commercialize and operate green hydrogen production, storage, and distribution at scale.

Hy Stor Energy is developing a portfolio of large-scale, fully integrated green hydrogen projects in the United States. The projects will include the on-site production, storage, and delivery of green hydrogen as both a
zero-carbon fuel and a means of storing and producing electricity on demand. This combination of storage and scale will be critical in accelerating the green hydrogen economy in the United States and will support the nation’s transition to a net zero carbon emissions future.

Hy Stor Energy is already permitted for hydrogen storage at multiple locations in the U.S. Gulf Coast, which together will form the backbone of a regional hub. This hydrogen hub will have co-located production, transmission, pipeline, rail and other infrastructure, linking these components to add value while driving economies of scale and attracting end-users. The hub is also expected to attract intellectual capital, spur innovation, create jobs and stimulate the local economy. It will deliver a major source of safe, reliable and 100% carbon free energy that is flexible and available on demand.

“CC&L Infrastructure is excited to further participate in the global energy transition with this partnership,” said Matt O’Brien, President of CC&L Infrastructure. “We believe that the green hydrogen sector is nearing an important inflection point and that its growth will contribute meaningfully to the achievement of net zero carbon emissions targets over the coming decades. The partnership with Hy Stor Energy is a natural evolution of our long-term investment strategy that builds upon our existing expertise in renewable energy. Through this partnership, CC&L Infrastructure and its clients will gain access to a number of attractive investments in a rapidly growing renewable sub-sector as well as technical expertise in green hydrogen and energy storage.”

“Hy Stor Energy is solving the unique challenges of a world transitioning to renewable energy, and we’re developing a model for producing, storing and delivering 100% carbon-free green hydrogen reliably, consistently – and at scale,” said Laura Luce, CEO of Hy Stor Energy. “Our partnership with CC&L Infrastructure will enable us to advance the large-scale development and commercialization of green hydrogen and long-duration storage.”

Green hydrogen is a zero-carbon fuel source and an energy storage mechanism. It is created using renewable energy and a process called electrolysis. Electrolysis uses only two inputs – water and renewable electricity – to produce hydrogen with zero emissions and with oxygen as the only byproduct. Green hydrogen is expected to play a critical role in the global shift away from fossil fuel based sources of energy. Specifically, it can enable the decarbonization of sectors where direct electrification is not practical, offering a viable path towards zero emissions for many industries and jurisdictions.

CC&L Infrastructure’s investment mandate targets traditional and energy infrastructure assets and companies, including power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, and energy storage, among other projects. The firm is an active investor and owner of renewable energy assets and has a current portfolio totaling 1.4 GW of clean energy generating capacity globally. The majority of these assets were acquired during development and the CC&L Infrastructure team has significant experience in both construction oversight and ongoing asset management. The partnership with Hy Stor Energy will build upon this expertise to support further decarbonization efforts and the global energy transition.

About Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

CC&L Infrastructure invests in middle-market infrastructure assets with highly attractive risk-return characteristics, long lives and the potential to generate stable cash flows. The firm has been an active investor and owner of renewable energy assets for more than 15 years. Its portfolio includes more than 60 hydro, solar, and wind facilities totaling 1.4 GW of clean energy generating capacity globally. CC&L Infrastructure is a part of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., a multi-boutique asset management firm whose affiliates collectively manage over CAD$100 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.cclinfrastructure.com.

About Hy Stor Energy

Hy Stor Energy is facilitating the transition to a fossil-free energy environment by developing and advancing green hydrogen at scale through the development, commercialization, and operation of green hydrogen hub projects. Large, fully integrated projects produce, store, and deliver 100% carbon-free energy, providing customers with safe and reliable renewable energy on-demand. Developed as part of an integrated hub, these projects couple on-site green hydrogen production with integrated long-duration storage and distribution – using scale to reduce costs. Hy Stor Energy, led by energy storage industry and hydrogen technology veteran Laura L. Luce, has an innovative team with deep expertise and is positioned as a leader in the green hydrogen revolution. For more information, please visit www.hystorenergy.com.

Contact:

Kaitlin Blainey
Director
Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure
(416) 216-8047
[email protected]

Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. (Crestpoint) announced today the acquisition of the Junction Shopping Centre in Mission, British Columbia. The Junction Shopping Centre is a 300,612 square foot tier-one grocery and drug-store anchored shopping centre situated at the junction of Lougheed Highway and Abbotsford-Mission Highway, approximately 70 km east of Vancouver.

The property is currently 98% leased to a strong roster of over 40 national and regional daily needs tenants. It is anchored by Save-on-Foods and London Drugs and has a diverse roster of ancillary tenants including Winners, Cineplex, Goodlife and Starbucks. Overall, the Junction offers a tenant mix well‐suited to local demographics providing an attractive mix of daily needs retail with grocery, pharmacy, liquor, financial services, health and personal care, entertainment and discount retailers.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Anthem Properties on this acquisition and to be adding such a high quality and stable retail asset to our diversified Core Plus Real Estate Strategy. With grocery and pharmacy anchors, the service oriented nature of the Junction Shopping Center is a great addition to our well-diversified and growing retail portfolio in Western Canada.” said Devon Howsam, Vice President, Acquisitions & Asset Management, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

About Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. is a commercial real estate investment manager, with $6.3 billion of gross assets under management, dedicated to providing investors with direct access to a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate assets. Crestpoint is part of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, a multi-boutique asset management company that provides investment management products and services to institutional and high net-worth clients. With offices across Canada and in Chicago, and London, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group and its affiliates are collectively responsible for the management of over $100 billion in assets. For more information, please visit: www.crestpoint.ca.

Contact:

Kevin Leon
President
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.
(416) 304-6632
kleon[email protected]

In this special commentary, we discuss the evolving Evergrande situation. While we do not hold Evergrande in our portfolio, we wanted to share our views because it is the most indebted real estate company in the world, and has created lots of volatility in the global financial market.

Background on Evergrande

Evergrande is the second largest property developer in China in terms of sales value. The company has 160,000 employees and close to 4 million employees related to Evergrande’s activities. It has a total debt of RMB 2 trillion (around USD $300 billion, equivalent to 1% of deposits in China, and almost 2% of China’s GDP), including interest-bearing debts of RMB 571 billion, pre-sale of RMB 216 billion, payables of RMB 963 billion, and wealth management products of RMB 100 billion. It is one of the most levered real estate companies in the world, but its debt is still minor in relation to China’s financial system as a whole. Considering the above data, we believe China’s financial system can absorb, without any mayor problem, all the losses from this company.

Potential of creating a contagion effect on the broader global financial markets?

This is not another Lehman. We think the contagion effect on the broader global financial markets is limited. The Evergrande saga remains a domestic issue. The Chinese government has enough capacity to intervene and will do so to reduce the contagion risk.

The recent news is an example: Evergrande reached an agreement with yuan bondholders on an interest payment due September 23, 2021, without clarifying the terms. The Chinese government injected RMB 120 billion into the banking system on September 22, 2021.

The major risk is a contagion to other developers, banks, suppliers, holders of Evergrande’s wealth management products, and home buyers. A possible scenario is that the government could take over the problem companies with state-owned enterprises (SOE).

As the property policy is unprecedentedly tight at this moment, the government has plenty of room to loosen if they want. It is likely that they are willing to wait in order to show that the real estate sector is not “immune” but that they can come in at any time in order to preserve financial stability. Many loans to Evergrande made by Chinese banks are implicitly backed by the government. We believe that the first priority for the government is to ensure that the pre-sold apartments are delivered to the buyers, otherwise, there will be serious social unrest.

Regulatory headwinds coming from China

The key words for China’s policy is currently “Common Prosperity,” which fundamentally entitles a policy shift towards reducing wealth inequality. The concept is not new; it has been a long-term goal of the Chinese government that has become more relevant recently.

The Central Party and State Council jointly announced the plan on June 10, 2021, establishing Zhejiang province as the pilot zone. The 14th five-year plan (2021-2025) called for an “action plan” to be fully implemented by 2050, to become an advanced, modern economy. Among common prosperity goals are narrowing the income gap, tackling the increasing real estate prices, promoting higher household income growth, increasing public services, such as healthcare and education, and improving living conditions of rural residents, among many others. These common prosperity initiatives will likely rebalance the economy from investments to consumption, targeting the midlow-income population. Moreover, the state’s role in public and private sectors is likely to become more relevant.

In the upcoming Politburo meeting this December, policymakers will set priorities for next year.

Appendix

Examples of contagion risks:

  1. Other developers will find financing more difficult, if investors lose confidence in them. Project sales will also become more difficult. As a matter of fact, the selling prices of properties are controlled by the governments, so developers are not able to sell their properties at discounts.
  2. Suppliers should be more cautious on payment terms and conditions on other developers. They would also see lower demand and production. Some may need to cut jobs or wages, causing weaker household consumption.
  3. Home buyers (more than a million) are also heavily protesting at Evergrande’s offices causing their construction projects to be halted. Home buyers that are working with other developers may also doubt their houses would be delivered, therefore, causing more selling pressure.
  4. Local governments receive transfers from the central government with bond issues via Local Government Financing Vehicle (LGFV) which are collateralized with land use rights. Raising funds for local governments could eventually become more complicated.
  5. More default scenarios of individual companies are also likely to occur. For example, Sinic (2103 HK) was implied to have financial problems, and the stock slumped 87% on September 20, 2021.

Chinese government successfully resolved the interbank credit crunch in 2013. Tools that the
government could use this time:

  • Easing liquidity: RRR cut, liquidity injection
  • Verbal support
  • Controls of LGFV financing likely to become less tight
  • Loosening of property policy
  • Accelerating LG bonds
  • Maintaining low rates
  • Persuading banks to lend

The systemic risk is not high.

  • Although Evergrande has a larger balance sheet (RMB 2.4 trillion) than Huarong (RMB 1.6 trillion) and Anbang (RMB 1.5 trillion), its asset contains largely land lots which are much more “tangible than the other financial companies.”
  • Since the government controls the financial system, many SOEs could be strategic investors of Evergrande and also adjust the property policies.
  • When the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) initiated its support to the property sector (printing money) in-mid 2014, it granted a long term loan to China development bank. PBoC said at that time, “A change emerged in the base money supply channel.”
  • The government could buy their own land, as they did in 2014-2015.
  • In the case of Evergrande, the government can let them fall, avoiding a contagion or make an orderly debt restructuring. In similar cases they have taken actions. In the case of Anbang, several SOEs took up the company and formed a new insurance company. In the case of Huarong, Citic Group (a SOE) and other “strategic” investors capitalized the company.

Thoughts on the stock market

It is worth noting that the Chinese government seems to have downplayed the importance of paying too much attention to short-term growth. They indeed have a short-term buffer, considering the 2021 GDP target is “above 6%,” and the country is likely to grow in the range of 8% this year. The current outlook is more focused on solving structural problems, which may have short-term collateral consequences, but the vision is to improve the long-term perspective. Indeed, President Xi has emphasized on numerous occasions that the aforementioned long-term goals are not just an economic objective, but serve as the Party’s “governing foundation”. The foregoing is still interesting, since, as previously mentioned, the Western vision is often different. Billions of dollars have been lost in market capitalization of the Chinese assets sector, driven by strict regulatory policy in the afterschool tutoring, together with anti-monopoly and cybersecurity rules in the internet sector. The government has also tightened property policies. Currently, a blanket of uncertainty persists regarding “which sector will be regulated next.” For example, almost one month ago, a state media article equated the gaming industry, which has many companies that trade on the stock market, to “opium”. Although the government quickly quashed this article and there were no official statements, it caused a rapid slump of shares linked to the gaming sector, reflecting the prevailing nervousness among investors. The government recently released new regulations for the industry, including limiting the amount of time children can play video games to three hours a week, and last week state media mentioned that companies should avoid the sole focus of pursuing profit, in order to prevent minors from becoming addicted to games. This sentiment led to another round of losses in gaming-related stocks.

We believe China is trying to improve its society in the long term, but are not very concerned about the effect this may have on investors in the short term. The question then is; how can we better cope and adjust to these policies for the benefit of our clients? China accounts for around 10% of the MSCI EM Small Caps index, making it an important investment for our EM Small Cap fund. Our approach to this new environment is to understand the domestic perspective and invest in companies/sectors that are subject to less regulation and more likely to benefit from the new trends that we see emerging in the future. Each scenario presents a new opportunity and the trends include:

  • Greater self-reliance on government-fostered technology (semiconductors, artificial intelligence);
  • Renewable energy;
  • Fitness;
  • Consumption favouring local brands/companies; and
  • Manufacturing industry and robotics for products designed mainly to support and strengthen the Chinese economy.

The Global Alpha team

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Wind turbines in Navarre (Spain) Renewable energy concept.

Investing in private market infrastructure assets is an effective means of generating stable cash flow and long-term capital growth. Historically, this asset class has only been available to institutional investors with deep pockets. However, in recent years investment managers have started to provide their high-net-worth clients with opportunities to invest in this asset class.

In this article, we provide an overview of infrastructure investing, how we approach it, and the opportunity for investors. For information on other alternative asset classes, please read our Portfolio Guide – Beyond Stocks and Bonds.

What is infrastructure investing?

Infrastructure investing refers to making investments in physical, or “real”, assets that provide an essential product or service that is critical to society. Infrastructure assets are varied – from roads, rail, schools, and hospitals to power generation, energy transmission and distribution, and digital infrastructure. 

Typically, attractive assets share a number of key characteristics including long lives, low competition and high barriers to entry. When combined with predictable revenue streams – often from contracts with government counterparties or counterparties with high credit ratings – this makes infrastructure investing a source of portfolio stability and return.  

Understanding the opportunity for investors

While institutional investors have long embraced infrastructure investing, it is a less familiar option for high-net-worth investors, given the complexity and high cost associated with access to the asset class. Three key benefits include:

  • Uncorrelated: Infrastructure cash flow returns have a low correlation to other asset classes. It means they do not typically rise or fall in lockstep with liquid asset classes like stocks or bonds or private asset classes like real estate, private debt or private equity.
  • Resilient: Infrastructure returns are relatively resilient to economic turbulence. Even in recessionary economic environments, infrastructure returns have been relatively stable, given their essential, and often contracted or regulated, nature.
  • Long term: Infrastructure assets typically provide steady returns over a long time. Assets usually benefit from long contract lengths of more than 20 years and the assets themselves often have even longer useful lifespans – some hydroelectric assets have reached upwards of 100 years. 

These benefits make infrastructure an attractive asset class. Incorporating infrastructure into a broader portfolio can provide important diversification benefits and may also deliver increased average returns while reducing risk. 

Another characteristic of investing in infrastructure and other private asset classes is restricted liquidity. This is because the holding period of infrastructure assets reflects the long-term nature of the investments. For investors that do not require their capital in the short term, infrastructure can be a relatively safe and low-risk way to generate income and long-term growth.  

Our approach to infrastructure investments

At CC&L Private Capital, our infrastructure investments are primarily in Canada, the US, and Chile. We expect to add infrastructure assets in other geographies over time in a measured and disciplined way. 

Our portfolio is focused mainly on small- and medium-sized traditional infrastructure projects (e.g., roads, rail, hospitals) and energy infrastructure projects (i.e., hydro, wind, and solar).

Choosing the right investment manager

We strongly believe in the benefits of infrastructure investing. That is why we invest a significant amount of our own capital in our portfolio, as with all our private market investments. It shows that we are committed to our portfolio’s performance, as we benefit alongside our clients. 

When evaluating potential investment managers, whether they have ”skin in the game” is important, particularly for alternative asset classes. Other criteria investors should consider include the stability of the investment manager’s team, the manager’s proven ability to generate returns, the direct nature of the investments and the quality and diversity of the infrastructure portfolios.

To learn more about how to choose the right investment manager for your goals, please read our Portfolio Guide – How to future-proof your investment portfolio.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our approach to infrastructure investing or learn how we can help you grow your investment returns, please contact us.

This post is for information only and is not intended as investment advice. The views expressed are those of the author at the time of publication and are subject to change at any time.

TORONTO, ON, February 10, 2021 – Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. (Crestpoint) today announced the acquisition of Northport Business Park in Edmonton, Alberta. Following this major acquisition, along with continued growth within its existing portfolio, Crestpoint’s total assets under management have grown to $5.8 billion. 

EDMONTON, AB

Northport Business Park – 17306 129 Ave., 17408 129 Ave., 17315 129 Ave., 12908 170 St. & 12861 175 St.

Northport Business Park is a Class-A new-generation warehousing and distribution complex located in northwest Edmonton. Built from 2009-2015, the property is comprised of five state-of-the-art buildings totaling 846,000 square feet and also includes 16.5 acres of outdoor storage yards, and 42.8 acres of serviced excess land which could support an additional 700,000 square feet of density. Strategically positioned in proximity to surrounding transportation corridors, the property provides quick access to several major highways and the CN Edmonton Intermodal terminal. It is 94% leased to 11 tenants operating in various industries including third-party logistics, medical distribution, and building supply. Crestpoint acquired the asset within the “Crestpoint Core Plus Real Estate Strategy,” Crestpoint’s open-end Fund.

“Crestpoint’s acquisition of Northport Business Park, a premier Class-A industrial park, is a great addition to our portfolio’s existing number of quality industrial assets located across Canada. As the gateway to the north, Edmonton is conveniently located in several trade corridors, providing distribution and logistics companies with strategic access to all of northern Alberta, northern British Columbia and many parts of Saskatchewan. As e-commerce adoption continues to grow, we anticipate that the demand for quality industrial space, such as Northport, will continue to drive absorption and rental growth.” said Colin MacKellar, Executive Vice President & COO of Crestpoint.

About Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. is a commercial real estate investment manager, with $5.8 billion of gross assets under management, dedicated to providing investors with direct access to a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate assets. Crestpoint is part of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, a multi-boutique asset management company that provides investment management products and services to institutional and high net-worth clients. With offices across Canada and in Chicago, New York and London, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group and its affiliates are collectively responsible for the management of over $86 billion in assets. For more information, please visit: www.crestpoint.ca.

Contact

Kevin Leon
President
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.
(416) 304-6632
[email protected]

TORONTO, ON, January 29, 2021 – Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. (“Crestpoint”) today announced the acquisition of two significant investments with a total value of $205 million: i) Legacy Apartment Portfolio, and ii) FedEx Distribution Centre. Following these major acquisitions, Crestpoint’s total assets under management have grown to $5.5 billion. 

VANCOUVER, BC

Legacy Apartment Portfolio – various addresses

Legacy Apartment Portfolio is comprised of 15 multi-family residential properties, acquired from six different vendors, strategically located across Metro Vancouver. The portfolio includes nine concrete mid-rise apartments and six wood frame apartments. The properties range in size from 14 to 72 units with a mix of bachelor, one bedroom and two bedroom units, with a total of 614 residential suites across the portfolio. Located in the highly desirable and amenity-rich neighbourhoods of Vancouver’s West End, Kitsilano/West Point Grey, South Granville and Marpole, the portfolio has an average walk score of 90. Crestpoint, on behalf of the “Crestpoint Core Plus Real Estate Strategy”, its open-end Fund, partnered with InterRent REIT with each acquiring a 50% interest.

“We are thrilled to be acquiring such an irreplaceable core multi-family portfolio in one of the most sought-after residential markets in the world. As our first residential investment for our Fund, we are excited to use this as a launching pad into the multi-family sector and look forward to partnering with InterRent REIT, one of the most highly regarded operators in the sector” said Elliott Altberg, Executive Vice President at Crestpoint. “The multi-family residential sector in Canada is highly fragmented and has historically been characterized by stable, attractive risk adjusted returns. As such, we look forward to further expanding our multi-family presence across Canada and are eager to continue diversifying our Fund into this highly desirable asset class.”

WINNIPEG, MB

FedEx Distribution Centre – 365 Black Diamond Blvd.

Strategically situated on 38.1 acres of land in Southeast Winnipeg, the FedEx Distribution Centre is a 248,000 square foot brand new design-build package distribution and sorting facility. It is located in Boniface Industrial Park, Winnipeg’s second largest industrial park and offers convenient access to numerous key transportation routes. The state-of-the-art Class-A facility features a clear height of 28 feet with 76 dock loading doors and six drive-in doors. The single-tenant industrial property is fully leased to FedEx for 15 years. Crestpoint acquired the asset within the “Crestpoint Core Plus Real Estate Strategy”, Crestpoint’s open-end Fund. 

“This asset represents Crestpoint’s second industrial acquisition in Winnipeg in the last 14 months, providing the Fund with geographic diversification and exposure to a high-quality core industrial asset. Given its central location within the Winnipeg market and the long term commitment from such a reputable tenant we are really excited to add this asset to our Fund.” said Kevin Leon, President & CEO of Crestpoint.

About Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. is a commercial real estate investment manager, with $5.5 billion of gross assets under management, dedicated to providing investors with direct access to a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate assets. Crestpoint is part of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, a multi-boutique asset management company that provides investment management products and services to institutional and high net-worth clients. With offices across Canada and in Chicago, New York and London, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group and its affiliates are collectively responsible for the management of over $86 billion in assets. For more information, please visit: www.crestpoint.ca

Contact

Kevin Leon
President
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.
(416) 304-6632
[email protected]

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CONNOR, CLARK & LUNN INFRASTRUCTURE CLOSES
U.S. RENEWABLE POWER INVESTMENT

TORONTO, JANUARY 11, 2021

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of an 80% equity interest in a U.S. wind and solar portfolio.

This transaction, which was completed alongside Régime de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins and Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (together, Desjardins Group), included the purchase of four operating wind projects and one construction-stage solar project located in Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ohio. Each asset is fully contracted through long-term power purchase agreements with high-quality offtakers, and the portfolio provides geographically diversified exposure to three distinct U.S. electricity markets. Construction of the solar facility began in December 2020 and is expected to be operational later this year or early in 2022.

“Completing this investment achieves an exciting milestone for our business,” said Matt O’Brien, President of CC&L Infrastructure. “The addition of these projects increases the total capacity of our renewable power portfolio well past a gigawatt globally. We look forward to operating these high-quality projects alongside our partners over the coming years.”

CC&L Infrastructure now owns approximately 1.4 GW of renewable power globally, with more than 1GW in operation. On a combined basis, these operating facilities are expected to produce approximately 4 million MW hours of clean energy each year – enough energy to power more than 320,000 homes and offset the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of more than 600,000 passenger vehicles for a year.

About Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

CC&L Infrastructure invests in middle-market infrastructure and infrastructure-like assets with highly attractive risk-return characteristics, long lives and the potential to generate stable cash flows. CC&L Infrastructure is a part of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., a multi-boutique asset management firm whose affiliates collectively manage over CAD$85 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.cclinfrastructure.com.

Contact

Kaitlin Blainey
Director
Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure
(416) 216-8047
[email protected]