Empire State Realty Trust Completes Acquisition of Interests in Two Manhattan Properties
- Expands Manhattan Portfolio by 1.64 Million Square Feet or 26.0% -
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 completed the acquisition of the ground and operating leases at 112 West 34th Street and the ground lease at 1400 Broadway for a total of approximately $734 million in cash, common stock and operating partnership (“OP”) units.
“Our acquisition of these high-quality midtown office properties represents an excellent opportunity to enhance shareholder value. Their redevelopment programs are well underway, and we believe there is excellent upside in the re-leasing of the office and retail space at both properties that we expect to capture over time.”
The leaseholds and fee title to a small contiguous property at 112 West 34th Street were acquired for approximately $423.6 million, or approximately $570 per square foot, consisting of $87.7 million by assumption of existing mortgage debt, $106.8 million in cash and $229.1 million in shares of Class A and Class B common stock and Series PR OP units. The leasehold at 1400 Broadway was acquired for $310.0 million, or approximately $346 per square foot, consisting of $80.0 million by assumption of existing mortgage debt, $79.7 million in cash, and $150.3 million in shares of Class A and Class B common stock and Series PR OP units. In connection with these transactions, the Company issued 2.7 million shares of Class A and Class B common stock at a per share price of $16.65 and 20.1 million Series PR OP Units at a unit price of $16.65.
Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, said, “Our acquisition of these high-quality midtown office properties represents an excellent opportunity to enhance shareholder value. Their redevelopment programs are well underway, and we believe there is excellent upside in the re-leasing of the office and retail space at both properties that we expect to capture over time.”
112 West 34th Street is a 26-story, 650,769 rentable square foot office tower, with 92,455 square feet of retail space located in the 34th Street/Penn Station submarket. An 89,529 square foot block of retail space located directly across from Macy’s (NYSE: M) flagship location is currently being marketed for occupancy in mid-2016. The property’s office and retail space is 77.5% occupied and 83.2% leased, as of June 30, 2014. 1400 Broadway is a 37-story 880,131 rentable square foot office tower with 19,815 square feet of retail space, located in the Times Square South submarket, and the property’s office and retail space is 92.6% occupied and 92.7% leased, as of June 30, 2014. Both properties are convenient to Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority Bus Terminal, PATH and 13 subway lines. In addition, both properties have recently received significant capital investment.
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 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of July 15, 2014, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 732,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. 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
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