Liberty Planning to Offer Staying Suburban Workplace Holdings for Approximately $800 Million

REIT Looking for Purchasers to Take Remaining Workplace Assets in Philadelphia, Tempe Off its Hands

The Vanguard corporate campus in Malvern, PA, is among the rural workplace properties valued at up to $800 million that the REIT intends to sell this year. Credit: CoStar

Ramping up its shift from the office sector and into the storage facility and logistics organisation, Liberty Residential or commercial property Trust (NYSE: LPT) stated this week that it intends to raise approximately $800 million for reinvestment into industrial acquisition and advancement by divesting its remaining suburban workplace portfolio by the end of the year.

“We intend in 2018 to deal with all our remaining suburban workplace residential or commercial properties and redeploy these earnings into our accretive advancement pipeline, together with industrial acquisitions within target audience,” Liberty CEO Bill Hankowsky informed experts in a Tuesday conference call. “We expect asset sales of a minimum of $600 million to $800 million.”

While the majority of those homes designated for sale are located in the Philadelphia suburban areas, “we also anticipate to benefit from the market and selectively harvest worth,” Hankowsky included.

Liberty will plow earnings from the sales into its growing commercial platform, getting $400 million to $600 countless industrial residential or commercial properties in target markets and launching to $600 million worth of advancement projects, he added.

As part of its ongoing shift, Liberty last month offered a 641,000-square-foot suburban workplace portfolio in King of Prussia, PA in the Renaissance Park corporate center for $77 million. The REIT likewise revealed the pending sale of 779,000 square feet of additional workplace in the Philadelphia region, with several agreements amounting to $107 million.

Liberty executives said the homes being put on the market consist of the Vanguard business campus, a six-building workplace complex in Malvern where the REIT is based. The business will likewise sell its Malvern head office and holdings in Tempe, AZ.

. Liberty plans to keep its Philadelphia CBD workplace assets, consisting of the under-construction Comcast Innovation Center and recently build assets in the Navy Lawn.

Sandler O’Neill REIT analyst Alexander Goldfarb applauded the property sales, however kept in mind that industrial capitalization rates continue to decrease.

“We and others have actually pressed LPT for many years to leave the capex-intensive and slower-growth office to orient entirely to commercial,” Goldfarb said.

In late 2016, Liberty sold an almost $1 billion rural office portfolio in five markets to a collaboration of Horsham, PA-based Office Property Trust, Safanad, a Dubai-based worldwide primary financial investment firm; and affiliates of diversified investment company Square Mile Capital Management LLC.

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