BROOKFIELD NEWS, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (“BPY”) (NYSE:BPY) (TSX:BPY.UN) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) accepted a notice filed by BPY of its intention to renew its prior normal course issuer bid for a further one-year period. BPY stated that at times its limited partnership units trade in price ranges that do not fully reflect their value. As a result, from time to time, acquiring limited partnership units represents a desirable use of available funds.
The notice provides that BPY may, during the twelve-month period commencing August 18, 2017 and ending August 17, 2018, purchase on the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and any alternative Canadian trading system, up to 20,468,827 limited partnership units, representing approximately 10% of its public float. At August 8, 2017 there were 255,822,556 limited partnership units issued and outstanding, with 51,134,279 limited partnership units held by insiders, giving BPY a public float of 204,688,277 limited partnership units. Under the normal course issuer bid, BPY may purchase up to 32,503 limited partnership units on the TSX during any trading day, which represents approximately 25% of the average daily trading volume of 130,014 on the TSX for the most recently completed six calendar months prior to the TSX’s acceptance of the notice of the normal course issuer bid. This limitation does not apply to purchases made pursuant to block purchase exemptions and purchases made on another exchange.
The price to be paid for the limited partnership units under the normal course issuer bid will be the market price at the time of purchase. The actual number of limited partnership units to be purchased and the timing of such purchases will be determined by BPY, and all purchases of limited partnership units will be effected through the facilities of the TSX, the NYSE and any alternative Canadian trading system. All limited partnership units purchased by BPY under this bid will be promptly cancelled.
In addition, certain subsidiaries of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (“BAM”) may act jointly or in concert with BPY and purchase limited partnership units through open market purchases on the TSX, NYSE and other alternative Canadian trading systems pursuant to section 4.1 of National Instrument 62-104 “Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids” (“NI 62-104”). These limited partnership units will be purchased and held on behalf of BAM and will not be cancelled.
In connection with the normal course issuer bid, BPY entered into an automatic purchase plan with its designated broker. The automatic purchase plan will allow for the purchase of limited partnership units, subject to certain trading parameters, at times when BPY ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout period, insider trading rules or otherwise. Outside of these periods, limited partnership units will be repurchased in accordance with management’s discretion and in compliance with applicable law. The plan will commence on August 18, 2017 and terminate on August 17, 2018.
Under its prior normal course issuer bid that commenced on August 18, 2016 and expired on August 17, 2017 (the “Prior NCIB”), BPY purchased 6,983,568 limited partnership units through open market purchases on the TSX, the NYSE and other alternative Canadian trading systems. The weighted average price that BPY paid per limited partnership unit acquired under this bid was US$22.44. During the term of the Prior NCIB, BAM purchased 923,867 limited partnership units through open market purchases on the TSX and NYSE pursuant to section 4.1 of NI 62-104 bringing the total number of limited partnership units purchased to 7,907,435 units at a weighted average price of US$22.54. The limited partnership units purchased by BAM were not cancelled.
Brookfield Property Partnersis one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies, with approximately $66 billion in total assets. We are leading owners, operators and investors in commercial property assets, with a diversified portfolio that includes 146 premier office properties and 126 best-in-class retail malls around the world. We also hold interests in multifamily, triple net lease, industrial, hospitality, self-storage, student housing and manufactured housing assets. Brookfield Property Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at http://bpy.brookfield.com. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information.
Brookfield Property Partners is the flagship listed real estate company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $250 billion in assets under management.
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