BROOKFIELD NEWS, Sept. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (“BPY”) (NASDAQ: 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 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 September 15, 2020 and ending September 14, 2021, purchase on the TSX, the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) and any alternative Canadian or U.S. trading system, up to 31,602,923 limited partnership units, representing approximately 10% of its public float. At September 3, 2020, there were 429,880,565 limited partnership units issued and outstanding, with 113,851,333 limited partnership units held by insiders, giving BPY a public float of 316,029,232 limited partnership units. Under the normal course issuer bid, BPY may purchase up to 417,502 limited partnership units on the TSX during any trading day, which represents approximately 25% of the average daily trading volume of 1,670,008 limited partnership units 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 Nasdaq and any alternative Canadian or U.S. 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, Nasdaq 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 will enter 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 September 15, 2020 and terminate on September 14, 2021.
Of the 35,252,769 limited partnership units approved for purchase under BPY’s prior normal course issuer bid that commenced on August 20, 2019 and expired on August 19, 2020 (the “Prior NCIB”), BPY purchased, in the twelve-month period preceding the date hereof, an aggregate of 15,184,665 limited partnership units through open market purchases on the TSX, the Nasdaq and other alternative Canadian and U.S. trading systems. The weighted average price that BPY paid per limited partnership unit acquired under this bid was US$14.13. During the term of the Prior NCIB, BAM purchased 5,375,851 limited partnership units through open market purchases on the TSX, the Nasdaq and other alternative Canadian and U.S. trading systems pursuant to section 4.1 of NI 62-104 bringing the total number of limited partnership units purchased to 20,560,516 at a weighted average price of US$12.70. The limited partnership units purchased by BAM were not cancelled.
About Brookfield Property Partners
Brookfield Property Partners, through Brookfield Property Partners L.P. and its subsidiary Brookfield Property REIT Inc., is one of the world’s premier commercial real estate companies, with over $86 billion in total assets. We are leading owners, operators and investors in commercial real estate, with a diversified portfolio of premier office and retail assets, as well as interests in multifamily, triple net lease, logistics, hospitality, self-storage, student housing and manufactured housing assets.
Brookfield Property Partners is the flagship listed real estate company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., a leading global alternative asset manager with over $550 billion in assets under management.
Brookfield Property Partners L.P. is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Brookfield Property REIT Inc. is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Further information is available at bpy.brookfield.com.
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