From the Wires
Parkway Announces Agreements To Purchase Office Towers In Houston, Atlanta And Charlotte
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 3, 2012 04:03 PM
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PKY) announced today that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire Phoenix Tower, a 626,000 square foot office tower located in the Greenway Plaza submarket of Houston, Texas; Tower Place 200, a 260,000 square foot office tower located in the Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia; and 525 North Tryon, a 406,000 square foot office tower located in the central business district (CBD) of Charlotte, North Carolina. All three acquisitions are subject to customary closing conditions and are expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.
James R. Heistand, Parkway's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "These three acquisition opportunities fit well within our investment strategy of acquiring high-quality assets in our targeted submarkets. We believe these three investments continue our portfolio transformation, as we strive to become the leading operator of office properties in our Sunbelt markets."
Parkway is under contract to acquire Phoenix Tower for a purchase price of $124.5 million, or $199 per square foot. Phoenix Tower was built in 1984 and fully renovated in 2011. It is a LEED® Gold Certified, 26-story, Class A office tower that sits atop an eight-story parking garage. The building is currently 84.5% leased with an average in place net rent per square foot of $14.03. Phoenix Tower is expected to generate a 2013 estimated cash net operating income yield of approximately 6.0%. Parkway will own 100% of the asset and intends to place a secured first mortgage on the property shortly after closing totaling approximately 65% of the purchase price. Closing is expected to occur by the end of the fourth quarter 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Tower Place 200
Parkway is under contract to acquire Tower Place 200 for a purchase price of $56.0 million, or $216 per square foot. Tower Place 200 was built in 1998 and is a 13-story, Class A office tower that shares a parking garage with Parkway's neighboring 3344 Peachtree asset. The building is approximately 81.0% leased with an average in place gross rent per square foot of $26.37. Tower Place 200 is expected to generate a 2013 estimated cash net operating income yield of approximately 5.9%. Parkway will own 100% of the asset and does not plan to place secured financing on the property at this time. Closing is expected to occur by the end of the fourth quarter 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
525 North Tryon
Parkway is under contract to acquire 525 North Tryon for a purchase price of $47.4 million, or $117 per square foot. 525 North Tryon was built in 1998 and is a 19-story, Class A office tower with an attached parking garage. The building is currently 69.8% leased with an average in place gross rent per square foot of $19.61. 525 North Tryon is expected to generate a 2013 estimated cash net operating income yield of approximately 4.7%. Parkway will own 100% of the asset and does not plan to place secured financing on the property at this time. Closing is expected to occur by the end of the fourth quarter 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Other Investment Activity
On November 15, 2012, Parkway completed the previously announced purchase of Westshore Corporate Center, a 170,000 square foot office tower located in the Westshore submarket of Tampa, Florida, for a net purchase price of $22.5 million. Westshore Corporate Center is currently 77.7% leased and is expected to generate a 2013 estimated cash net operating yield of approximately 8.5% based on the net purchase price.
About Parkway Properties
Parkway Properties, Inc., a member of the S&P Small Cap 600 Index, is a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership of quality office properties in higher-growth submarkets in the Sunbelt region of the United States. Parkway owns or has an interest in 38 office properties located in nine states with an aggregate of approximately 10.0 million square feet of leasable space at November 1, 2012. Fee-based real estate services are offered through wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, which in total manage and/or lease approximately 11.6 million square feet for third-party owners at November 1, 2012.
Forward Looking Statement
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SOURCE Parkway Properties, Inc.
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