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Phillip BurnsChief Executive Officer
+1 416 354 0167
Jenny ChouChief Financial Officer
+1 416 354 0188
Amsterdam, July 30, 2020 (updated)
I want to provide you with an update on European Residential REIT’s (ERES) course of action and response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“Covid-19”), particularly, the preventative measures we are taking to mitigate risk across our business. The safety of staff and tenants is of the utmost importance, and we are following all the government and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (“RIVM”) guidelines in that regard.
We believe it is our responsibility to prioritize:
The management team both in Europe and in Canada have experience managing crisis situations in the past, and we are leveraging this knowledge and experience to initiate appropriate practices to help control the spread of Covid-19 to the best of our ability and minimize the impact on our people and our business.
At this point we have initiated the following:
Crisis Management Team
We have created Crisis Management Team (“CMT”) in The Netherlands at the very first announcement of this health crisis. The CMT is also working closely with CAPREIT in Canada. The CMT convenes regularly (and as frequently as needed as the situation evolves) and is focused specifically on closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and related developments and providing direction on appropriate next steps. The CMT consists of myself and the Amsterdam-based senior ERES management team and relies on the expertise and reporting provided from ERES and CAPREIT including IT, Operations, Finance, Procurement, and Insurance and Risk, with external expertise and advice procured on an as-needed basis.
Continuity of business
Impact on Business
We assume that the virus will have further effects on our business and we will continue to monitor the situation and make appropriate decisions based on what is best for the ERES community, specifically staff, tenants and shareholders.
CAPREIT has over 22 years in multi-family real estate experience and has taken the lessons learned from previous influenza outbreaks like SARS and H1N1 and are applying this experience across their organization, including ERES.
I have great confidence in the ERES and CAPREIT teams to deploy the necessary steps and actions to put the health and safety of our staff and tenants as priority during this very challenging time.
Today, ERES’s financial position and liquidity is strong and we have the resources and flexibility to manage our way through these challenging times. Additionally, the investments CAPREIT has made in its technology platforms will be a benefit to ERES and our team members as we responsibly adapt to this fluid situation.
We are strong believers that the multi-family real estate sector is a highly defensive and counter-cyclical asset class that can bear broader market swings. We continue to manage and monitor this evolving situation and appreciate your understanding. I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish all our stakeholders good health during this challenging period.
CEO, European Residential REIT