Agellan Commercial REIT Closes $18.25 million Property Acquisition

 Agellan Commercial REIT  announced the successful closing of its previously announced transaction of an office property (the "Property") located in Texas for a total purchase price of $18.25 million (the "Purchase Price"), representing a going-in capitalization rate of 8.16%.
 
The Property is a two-storey commercial office facility located in the fast growing Techway and Energy Corridor in Houston, Texas. The Property has approximately 101,000 square feet of gross leasable area, and is 100% occupied by three tenants.  Constructed in 2003, the building is part of a larger corporate office park which has attracted many investment grade tenants. The lead tenant, National Oilwell Varco, is S&P rated A, and occupies approximately 75% of the Property until 2020.
 
The REIT has obtained an interest only 5-year term mortgage of approximately $10.1 million at a fixed interest rate of 3.0%.  The balance of the Purchase Price will be funded through a combination of cash on hand, and the REIT's operating line.
 
Highlights of the acquisition include:
 
The REIT is executing its growth plan by acquiring a well-located, high-quality property in a major U.S. market which is experiencing significant growth.
 
The Property was acquired at an attractive relative valuation, and is located next to several of the REITs current assets providing economies of scale in key Houston submarkets.
The property is 100% leased and has an attractive lease maturity profile of approximately 6.5 years at contractual rates determined to be under market.
 
Approximately 83% of the Property NOI is derived from investment grade tenants.
The acquisition is expected to be approximately 3% accretive to the REITs Forecasted Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO") per unit.
 
Frank Camenzuli, Agellan's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We believe this acquisition solidifies our investment mandate of acquiring high quality assets at attractive relative valuations across strategic major US markets. The REIT continues to see similar investment opportunities in our targeted U.S. markets."
 

on June 14, 2013