Focused Strategy:

  • CHC is the only pure-play publicly listed student housing operator in Canada and is focused on becoming the leading consolidator in the fragmented Canadian student housing market
  • Ownership of student housing is highly fragmented in Canada, with little institutional competition for high-quality assets. CHC has identified more than $200 million in property acquisition opportunities
  • CHC properties are specifically designed for students and are located in close proximity to major universities or popular downtown areas
  • CHC offers students a safe and secure living environment, affordable prices, and high-quality amenities

Growth & Stability:

  • From 2000 to 2010, enrollment in Canadian universities has increased more rapidly than the change in population
  • More than 80% of the 1.9 million people currently attending post-secondary education require off-campus housing
  • There is a shortage of purpose-built student housing properties in Canada. The majority of post-secondary students must either live in on-campus residences, which are typically only available for first year students, or chose between traditional apartments or single-family homes, which are typically outdated and lack the functionality that today’s students demand
  • Student housing turnover is approximately three years, allowing CHC to turnover ~ 1/3 of the units on an annual basis to increase rental rates in line with market conditions
  • CHC offers comparable pricing to traditional campus and off-campus residences, while catering to today’s student lifestyles through a wide variety of amenities, social activities and programs
  • High-quality student housing provides reliable long-term cash flows due to high occupancy rates and the recession-resistant nature of the industry (enrollment tends to increase during periods of economic uncertainty)
  • Student parents/guardians are the guarantors of lease agreements

Experienced Management:

  • Mark Hansen, President and CEO, has a proven track record of leadership in growing public real estate enterprises
  • CHC’s Board of Directors is composed of recognized industry leaders with expertise in finance, asset management, capital markets and corporate governance
  • CHC properties are managed by leading, professional property management companies, including Canadian Living Centres and Varsity Properties

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