PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IRT) (“IRT”) today announced that on April 7, 2016 IRT sold a 162 unit apartment property located in Denver, Colorado for $23.0 million. IRT received net cash proceeds of approximately $11.6 million, after transaction costs and full repayment of the debt underlying the property. The property, built in 2002 and renovated in 2011, generated approximately $1.3 million of net operating income over the 12 months preceding the sale. IRT will utilize the net cash proceeds to reduce its outstanding indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. The property sale is part of IRT’s previously announced strategy to sell properties that fall outside its geographic focus and use the proceeds to repay a portion of its indebtedness. IRT expects to recognize a gain of approximately $13.0 million associated with the sale in the quarter ending June 30, 2016.
About Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IRT) is a real estate investment trust that seeks to own well-located apartment properties in geographic submarkets that it believes support strong occupancy and the potential for growth in rental rates. IRT seeks to provide stockholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns, with an emphasis on distributions and capital appreciation. IRT is advised by a wholly-owned subsidiary of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS).
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