NC Industrial Portfolio Sold at 8% Cap Rate


piretPure Industrial Real Estate Trust announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 51% interest in a 1.33 million square feet portfolio of bulk distribution and warehouse facilities in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem markets of North Carolina.  The North Carolina Portfolio is leased to three credit-rated tenants and has an average weighted remaining lease term of 3.5 years.  All tenants are listed on the NYSE, including Proctor & Gamble, Sonoco Display and MWI Veterinarian Supply (to be acquired by Amerisource Bergen Corp.).  Proctor & Gamble is the largest tenant, occupying 861,000 square feet at 6104 & 6105 Corporate Park Drive.  The two locations are strategically located within one kilometre of their Browns Summit manufacturing facility, where they recently announced a US$100 million expansion and a commitment to increased employment levels in the region.

The North Carolina Portfolio is being acquired for US$57 million (US$43 per square foot), with US$29.1 million for PIRET’s interest, at a going-in cap rate of 8.0%.  The NOI yield on the North Carolina Portfolio will decrease to 7.7% if Proctor & Gamble exercises its renewal option at 6104 Corporate Park Drive in March 2016.  In addition, PIRET will asset manage the North Carolina Portfolio and receive market fees from the co-ownership for its services.

This functional warehouse and distribution product complements PIRET’s U.S. strategy in one of its target growth markets and the transaction is highly accretive to its existing portfolio, providing adequate protection against the currency exchange risk.  The acquisition will be funded from US$29 million in mortgage financing and existing working capital.  PIRET’s interest is expected to generate approximately US$0.012 in NOI per unit upon closing of the acquisition, which is expected by the end of February 2015.

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