COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) today announced that it has executed a letter of intent with Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (SRC) for the sale of the fee interest or leasehold interest in eight outparcels for a combined purchase price of approximately $14.2 million. This pricing reflects a mid-six percent capitalization rate on in-place net operating income.
Lou Conforti, CEO and Director of Washington Prime Group stated: “We continue to take advantage of the glaring disparity between our share price and noncore assets owned. The most recent definitive agreement for the sale of the fee interest or leasehold interest in eight outparcels totaling $14.2M equates to a ~6.5% capitalization rate.
“In addition to the Spirit transaction, Washington Prime Group anticipates various other sales of outparcels and other non-income-producing parcels to close by year end, which are expected to result in ~$50M of proceeds which will be utilized to fund previously announced redevelopment. Good for Spirit Realty Capital. Good for Washington Prime Group. You’ll have to excuse us…it’s time to get back to grinding it out.”
Washington Prime Group and Spirit Realty Capital anticipate closing on the majority of the outparcel sale in 2020, subject to due diligence and closing conditions.
These outparcels are well located within highly trafficked corridors in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio.
About Spirit Realty
Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. is a premier net-lease REIT that primarily invests in single-tenant, operationally essential real estate assets, subject to long-term leases. As of September 30, 2019, the diversified portfolio was comprised of 1,623 owned properties and 43 properties securing mortgage loans. Owned properties, with an aggregate gross leasable area of 30.3 million square feet, are leased to 260 tenants across 48 states and 31 industries. Learn more at www.spiritrealty.com.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. Washington Prime Group® is a registered trademark of the Company. Learn more at www.washingtonprime.com.
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