A year after acquiring an almost $1 billion portfolio of rural workplace residential or commercial properties, Horsham, PA-based Office Property Trust on Monday submitted to raise as much as $100 million through an initial public offering.
Work space Property, which first filed a personal S-11 registration statement on June 30, prepares to note on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WSPT, offering a concealed variety of typical shares in the IPO at a to-be-determined cost. Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and BofA Merrill Lynch are the joint book runners on the offer.
The business, led by former Mack-Cali Realty executives Tom Rizk as CEO and Roger Thomas as president, will utilize the IPO proceeds to acquire common units in its operating collaboration, Workspace Home Trust, L.P., from Safanad Suburban Office Partnership, LP, an affiliate of Safanad Ltd.
. The operating collaboration will in turn utilize a portion of the net proceeds to repay the company’s existing loan with KeyBank NA, pay back a senior mortgage and 3 mezzanine loans in relation to the purchase of its second portfolio, and pay about $63.9 million in cash to redeem the favored equity issued by the operating partnership as part of the 2nd portfolio acquisition.
The operating collaboration anticipates to use any staying earnings for basic business functions, including capital investment and future acquisitions.
Work area Property intends to capitalize on the outperformance of suburban workplace residential or commercial properties relative to CBD properties in recent years, with business executives telling CoStar in October 2016 “the prediction of the death of the residential areas is greatly overemphasized.”
A year ago this month, the business obtained 108 workplace and flex buildings and 26.7 acres of land in 5 markets from Liberty Residential or commercial property Trust (NYSE: LPT). The $969 million purchase with partners Safanad, a Dubai-based international primary investment company; and affiliates of diversified financial investment firm Square Mile Capital Management LLC, was the company’s second significant deal with Liberty Residential or commercial property and expanded Office’s holdings to 149 homes totaling 10 million square feet.
In the first half of 2017, 72% of U.S office leasing activity was concentrated in suburban markets, despite rural markets representing just 69% of inventory.
The spread between typical rural office and CBD job rates is at its floor given that 1999. Building and construction as a portion of stock continues to increase in the CBD, although suburban workplace vacancy rates have declined significantly much faster than CBDs because 2011.
On the other hand, building has been constrained in the rural workplace markets relative to the CBD, while downtown asking rents have been more unpredictable than rural leas. Need for suburban properties has actually ramped up recently as investors have actually begun to recognize the broadening spread between rural and CBD assessments, owned in part by investors’ desire previously in the recovery to pay more for CBD prize buildings and other properties with a perceived lower danger.
As the biggest proprietor in the Horsham/Willow Grove, PA submarket, Work space has 536,994 square feet of flex and tech-flex area and 1.8 million square feet of low-rise office in 40 homes, with retail advancement and other features supplying opportunity for growth near numerous Workspace possessions.
Work space Characteristic is even more positioned to benefit from continued need and lease boosts for its residential or commercial properties in the King of Prussia/Valley Force submarket, where the business owns 30 residential or commercial properties totaling about 2 million square feet of office and flex space.
The company likewise owns possessions in South Florida, Tampa, Minneapolis and Phoenix.