NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) and Invesco Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager, today announced a joint venture partnership to own The Collection at UTC, the adaptive re-use of the existing Sears store and auto center at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, California.
The transaction values The Collection at UTC at approximately $165 million, including costs remaining to complete the project. Seritage sold a 50% interest in the project to a separate account managed by Invesco and received proceeds of approximately $44 million at closing, which it utilized primarily to repay existing mortgage debt associated with the property. The partnership will invest, or pursue construction financing to fund, the additional capital required to convert the Sears store and auto center into 226,200 square feet of premium space leased to a collection of growing retailers and leading dining, entertainment and fitness concepts.
“We are excited to expand our valued partnership with Invesco to create an upscale shopping, entertainment and dining experience at one of our premier assets, The Collection at UTC, located in La Jolla, California,” said Benjamin Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seritage Growth Properties. “We continue to utilize these types of partnerships to realize immediate value for Seritage shareholders, repay existing mortgage debt, and retain the significant longer term benefit as the redevelopments are completed.”
About Seritage Growth Properties
Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed REIT with 225 wholly-owned properties and 24 joint venture properties totaling approximately 39 million square feet of space across 49 states and Puerto Rico. The Company was formed to unlock the underlying real estate value of a high-quality retail portfolio it acquired from Sears Holdings in July 2015. Pursuant to a master lease, the Company has the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. The Company’s mission is to create and own revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations that provide enriched experiences for consumers and local communities, and create long-term value for our shareholders.
About Invesco Real Estate
Invesco Real Estate is a global leader in the real estate investment management business with $64.8 billion in real estate assets under management, 484 employees and 21 regional offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia (as of 03/31/18). Invesco Real Estate has been actively investing in core, value-add and opportunistic real estate strategies since 1992. Invesco Real Estate is a business name of Invesco Advisers, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Invesco Ltd. Invesco Ltd. is an independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. NYSE: IVZ; www.invesco.com.