NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT) (the "Company"), a leading real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced that it has commenced the process to transfer Series ES (NYSE:ESBA), 60 (NYSE:OGCP) and 250 (NYSE:FISK) listed operating partnership units to the NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Arca”). The operating partnership units are expected to begin trading on Arca on October 11, 2013; their ticker symbols are unchanged.
The operating partnership units are entitled to the same distributions on a per unit basis as ESRT Class A shares. However, they are non-voting securities with significantly less trading volume than ESRT Class A shares. An operating partnership unit is exchangeable for cash or shares of Class A common stock, on a one-to-one basis, at the Company's election generally commencing on October 1, 2014.
ESRT has 82,225,000 shares of Class A common stock listed on the NYSE under the ticker ESRT. This announcement does not impact these Class A shares. The trading characteristics of the listed operating partnership units since they began trading led the NYSE and the Company to determine they were better suited to be listed on Arca.
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 8.4 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2013, consisting of 7.7 million rentable square feet in 12 office properties, including seven in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and 645,067 rentable square feet in six retail properties, including four in Manhattan and two in Westport, Connecticut. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage and has an option to acquire two additional Manhattan office properties encompassing approximately 1.5 million rentable square feet of office space and over 150,000 rentable square feet of retail space at the base of the buildings.
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