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Canadian REITs can't get enough financing. After a heavy round of financing last fall, they are back in the market to raise even more money, chiefly for acquistions.

The most recent deal came from Homburg Canada REIT , raising $110-million Wednesday morning. The offering had a big number of dealers on its top-line, with TD Securities, CIBC World Markets, Desjardins Securities and Scotia Capital all designated co-lead status.

On Tuesday InnVest REIT also offered up $50-million of stapled convertible debentures and $25-million of stapled units. The stapled securities were necessary because InnVest spun out its hotel assets in 2010 so that the rest of the REIT would not be taxed like a corporation.

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The units are comprised of one REIT trust unit, and one non-voting trust unit of the hotel division. Each $1,000 7-year convert is made up of $850 of a convert for the REIT, and $150 of a convert for the hotel trust. RBC and Scotia co-led this deal.

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT and Allied Properties REIT both raised $75-million on Tuesday as well.

On a side note, Bell Aliant is the latest non-financial to issue rate reset preferred shares, selling $250-million at a yield of 4.85 per cent.

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Tim Kiladze is a business reporter with The Globe and Mail. Before crossing over to journalism, he worked in equity capital markets at National Bank Financial and in fixed-income sales and trading at RBC Dominion Securities. Tim graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also earned a Bachelor in Commerce in finance from McGill University. More

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