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Canada's NorthWest looks to boost stake in Vital Healthcare to 25 percent

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

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Canadian investor NorthWest International Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust plans to lift its stake in Vital Healthcare Property Trust to just under a quarter over the coming 12 months.

The Vital Healthcare cornerstone shareholder and manager intends to buy up to 15.4 million units, or 5 percent, in the property trust, taking its total interest to 24.99 percent, it said in a restricted transfer notice. The Canadian property investor will buy the units on market at a price of between $1.15 and $1.38, valuing the 5 percent stake at between $17.7 million and $21.2 million.

The units rose 0.4 percent to $1.36 in trading today, and have gained 7.5 percent this year. The stock is rated an average 'hold' based on four analyst recommendations compiled by Reuters with a median target price of $1.325.

NorthWest's 32 property portfolio spans Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Germany, and focuses on medical office buildings and healthcare real estate.

Vital Healthcare's board has formed a committee of independent directors to deal with the restricted transfer notice, and will commission an independent appraisal report of the offer.

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