Saturday, December 30, 2006

National RV Holdings Enters New Sale Leaseback of CA Property

National RV Holdings Web Site - December 28, 2006

National R.V. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NVH), the owner of leading RV manufacturers National RV, Inc. and Country Coach, Inc., today announced that it has entered into a new agreement to sell and leaseback its Perris, California property to First Industrial Acquisitions, Inc. First Industrial is an affiliate of First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc., a national provider of diversified industrial real estate. The previous agreement entered into on November 22nd with Warrior Holdings, Inc. was terminated on December 20th due to Warrior's inability to obtain a timely financing commitment from its lender.

Under the terms of this new agreement, which contains no third-party financing contingencies, the sales price is $31.75 million, and calls for the Company to enter into a 10-year, triple-net lease with approximately $2.7 million in annual lease payments, which increase 3% per year. The lease will include two 5-year renewal options. The agreement provides for customary closing conditions, including a due diligence period by the buyer through February 9, 2007 with closing scheduled to occur on February 15, 2007. Sphere: Related Content

MTS Allstream Closes $51 Million Sale Leaseback of Winnipeg Offices

MTS Allstream Web Site - December 28, 2006

MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (“MTS”) (stock symbol: MBT), today announced the closing of a transaction regarding the sale of the Company’s downtown office buildings located at 333 Main Street and 191 Pioneer Avenue in Winnipeg with Crown Realty Investments Ltd. for a price of $51.1 million. As part of this transaction, MTS Allstream has signed a 15 year lease to leaseback the office space it currently occupies, which will continue to be the Company’s head office.

"We are pleased to complete this transaction involving properties which we identified as non-core during our business review process," said MTS Allstream Chief Financial Officer Wayne Demkey. "This transaction represents good value for these assets, and will help us deliver significant value to our shareholders." Sphere: Related Content

Friday, December 29, 2006

Alcatel-Lucent Completes EUR 124.5 Million Sale Leaseback of Business Park

Interactive Investor Web Site - December 27, 2006

Alpha Pyrenees has acquired, with IPGL Limited ("IPGL"), a 77,000 square metre business park comprising in total 20 office, warehouse and research and development buildings from SIVN (Societe Immobiliere Villarceaux Nozay). The deal is a sale and leaseback with Alcatel-Lucent with a 12 year lease with a minimum term of 9 years. The lease benefits from annual inflation-linked rent indexation.

The total consideration for the acquisition of the Business Park is Euro 124.5 million. The purchase consideration will be satisfied by the Company's and IPGL's existing cash resources and a new Alpha Pyrenees group debt facility. The total costs including acquisition costs are approximately Euro 130.9 million. The total rent from the Business Park will be approximately Euro 9.6 million per annum giving an annual rental yield of approximately 7.3 per cent including costs. Sphere: Related Content

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

House of Fraser Completes £60 Million Sale Leaseback of London HQ

Times Online - December 27, 2006

Highland Acquisitions, the Baugur-fronted consortium, has completed a sale and leaseback of House of Fraser’s headquarters for an estimated £60 million a month after completing its £351 million buyout, The Times has learnt. The sale of the building in Howick Place in Victoria, Central London, to Terrace Hill, an AIM-listed developer, has delivered funds well in excess of a £35 million bridging loan taken out with HBOS. Sphere: Related Content

Homever Agrees to $663 Million Sale Leaseback of 10 Hypermarkets in Korea

Namnews - December 22, 2006

E-Land Ltd., which bought Carrefour's local outlets earlier this year, has said it will sell 10 of the stores and lease them back, raising $663m. E-Land will sell the 10 stores next week to real estate firm Koramco Reits Management and Trust Co. Ltd., and the funds raised will be used to repay debt and upgrade its shops, it said. E-Land will lease the shops back and continue to operate them under its Homever brand.

Carrefour sold its 32 Korean outlets to E-Land for $1.85bn. Carrefour has invested about $1.1bn since it entered South Korea in 1996, but left the $22bn local discount store market after underperforming. Sphere: Related Content

Hafslund Completes $58 Million Sale Leaseback of 15 Properties in Oslo

Hafslund Web Site - December 22, 2006

Hafslund has sold 100 percent of the shares in the company Hatros I AS to RBS Nordisk Renting for NOK 362 million ($58 million). The company is a single purpose company with 15 properties in Oslo. The properties mainly consist of transformer stations with surrounding areas.

Hafslund will lease back part of the properties for a period of 15 years with an option for extension, and will be responsible for the technical and building related maintenance of the properties during the period. The sale gives an accounting profit before tax of about NOK 290 million. Sphere: Related Content

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Brantano Group Completes EUR 36.8 Million Sale Leaseback of 19 Stores in Belgium

Brantano Group Web Site - December 22, 2006

The Brantano Group has concluded an agreement with the Belgian closedend property investment company Retail Estates concerning the sale of the shares of the real estate subsidiary Brimmo, owner of 19 stores located in Belgium and the distribution centre in Belgium.

As at 30 June 2006, the Brantano Group owned 21 stores located in Belgium as well as the distribution centre in Belgium, with Brimmo NV, the Group’s property arm, owning 19 stores, all run as Brantano stores, and the distribution centre.

The Brantano Group is staying on as tenant of the premises and has ensured its commercial interests by entering into 27 year long leases based on market terms. The operation took place with a return for Retail Estates of 6.62%.

The market value of the premises used to fix the value of the shares is € 42.5 million, as a result of which the Brantano Group realises a capital gain after tax of € 22.0 million. The future rent for the premises, including the distribution centre, will be € 2.8 million a year. Sphere: Related Content

Principal Hotels Completes £290 Million Sale Leaseback of Six UK Hotels

The Times - December 24, 2006

Alternative Asset Investment Management (AAIM) is understood to have struck a deal with Permira, the private-equity firm, to buy six four-star hotels in the Principal chain for £290m. The hotels have been acquired as part of a 25-year sale-and-leaseback deal with Permira, which snapped up the chain in September from Royal Bank of Scotland. The portfolio comprises the Russell in London, the George in Edinburgh, the Royal York in York, the Met in Leeds, the Palace in Manchester, and Selsdon Park in Croydon.

Principal, which competes in the upper mid-market of the hotel sector, has a total of 1,310 bedrooms and a strong focus on conferences, with 80 meeting rooms that can accommodate more than 7,000 delegates. The hotel purchase is being carried out using the Symmetry fund joint venture that AAIM set up with Bank of Scotland in October to spend £2 billion on European property. In October AAIM teamed up with Robert Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, to buy Menzies, the regional hotel chain, for £190m.

The hotel spending spree forms part of a plan by AAIM to act as a consolidator in Britain’s provincial four-star market. The transaction with Permira is just one of a flurry of pre-Christmas deals for AAIM. It has also refinanced its investment in the British headquarters of the electronics firm JVC at Staples Corner, north London, with HSH Nordbank, the German bank.

The refinancing has created a bonanza for its investors, earning them three times their original money in three years while retaining their original investment in the building. Since AAIM was launched in January 2003, it claims to have generated an average return of more than 80%, amid soaring commercial- property values that have squeezed rental yields to record lows. Sphere: Related Content

Casey's General Stores Ripe for Sale Leaseback of Store Portfolio?

BusinessWeek - December 14, 2006

Shares of Casey's General Stores rose on Thursday after an analyst upgraded the convenience store operator. Analyst Karen Short of Friedman Billings Ramsey Group Inc. said Casey's prepared food business is "healthy and growing" and the stock is stable and trading less on gas margin sentiment.

Short also looked at Casey's real estate portfolio and said if the company were to perform a sale-leaseback, which is when real estate is sold to an outside business, and then leased back to the seller, the company could get $755 million in cash proceeds. The value of the real estate should be reflected in the stock, Short said. Finally, Short said Casey's could be attractive to a buyer.

"We would argue Casey's could be an extremely attractive target given the portfolio of owned real estate, extremely low leverage, and steady cash flow from the prepared foods business," wrote Short in a note on Thursday. She upgraded the stock to "Outperform" or "Buy," from "Market Perform," or "Hold." Shares were up 67 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $24.32 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq, after earlier trading as high as $24.65. Sphere: Related Content

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Signs Build-to-Suit For New HQ in Tarrytown, NY

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Web Site - December 21, 2006

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) today signed a 15-year lease with BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. for a new corporate headquarters and research and development complex to be constructed adjacent to its current facility at the Landmark at Eastview in the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York. Regeneron also has the option to extend the lease for three additional 5-year periods.

The state-of-the-art complex will consolidate Regeneron’s 440 Tarrytown-based employees, currently scattered among six buildings, into a three-building, interconnected campus. The new facilities will include approximately 194,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in two buildings to be constructed by BioMed Realty Trust over the next two years. The Company will also retain its 27,000 square foot specialized VelociGene® research facility in an existing building at the Landmark at Eastview. The new buildings will incorporate energy efficient technologies along with an open and flexible design that will enhance workplace interactions. Sphere: Related Content

Old National Bancorp Closes $69 Million Sale Leaseback on HQ Campus in IN

SEC Edgar Database - December 22, 2006

Old National Bancorp (the 'Company') and its subsidiaries, Old National Bank and Old National Realty Company, Inc. has entered into a sale leaseback of three office buildings located in Evansville, Indiana. SunTrust Equity Funding, LLC is the sole member of each Buyer. The purchase price is $69,366,525 for the property located at One Main Street, Evansville Indiana (which serves as the Company's headquarters), $2,817,397 for the property located at 123 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana, and $6,797,600 for the property located at 101-105 NW 4th Street, Evansville, Indiana.

The closing of the sale of the Property occurred on December 21, 2006. Under each of the Lease Agreements, Old National Bank has the right at its option to extend the term of the lease for four additional successive terms of five years each, upon specified terms and conditions.

Old National Bank is obligated to pay (on a monthly basis) base rent in the aggregate annual amount of $6,550,469 (8.29% of the purchase price)to the Buyers under the Lease Agreements through December 31, 2029; no rent is payable for the final two years of the initial 25-year term. For financial reporting purposes, the rent will be expensed ratably over the 25-year term at an annual rate of $6,026,431 (7.63% of the purchase price.) Sphere: Related Content

Arbuthnot Banking Group Enters GBP 35 Million Sale Leaseback of London HQ

Hemscott - December 20, 2006

Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC said today that it has exchanged contracts for the sale and lease-back of its London head office. The company said it will sell Arbuthnot House, its London headquarters, on Ropemaker Street for 35 mln stg resulting in a profit of 15 mln stg over the original cost of the building Arbuthnot expects a book profit of about 11 mln stg on the sale of the building, which it acquired in August 2003, after allowing for associated costs. It expects to complete the sale on Dec 20. It will lease back the building on a 15-year term with a rent of 1.7 mln stg annually. Sphere: Related Content

Friday, December 22, 2006

EPA Regional HQ in Denver Sold for $91.3 Million

Government Properties Trust Web Site - December 21, 2006

Government Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE: GPT), a self-managed, self-administered real estate investment trust, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) building at 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colo., for approximately $91.3 million in accordance with the terms of the Purchase and Sales Agreement.

The newly constructed, 280,000 square foot, nine story building is located in the Lower Downtown Historic District in Denver. The General Services Administration on behalf of the EPA has executed a 10-year lease. Approximately 15,000 square feet of the building will be available for street level retail space. The property includes 225 on-site underground parking stalls. The property will serve as the regional headquarters for the EPA.

The anticipated operating expenses for the property are estimated at $6.1 million, which includes $3.3 million for depreciation and amortization and $70,000 for reserves. Annual revenue, after the building is fully leased, is expected to be $9.4 million.

Simultaneous with the property acquisition, a mortgage financing was completed for $68.5 million. The mortgage bears a fixed interest rate of 6.19 percent and is interest only for the first two years. The mortgage is amortized for 30 years with a ten year term. Sphere: Related Content

Auto-Teile-Unger Closes Sale Leaseback of 23 Auto Parts and Service Centers in Germany

Europe Real Estate - December 21, 2006

IXIS Capital Partners has advised its Captiva Capital Partners II fund for the acquisition of a portfolio of 23 automotive retail and repair service outlets located throughout Germany from A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger (A.T.U) in a sale & leaseback transaction. All properties are located in retail parks or commercial areas and have been constructed in the last 18 months. A.T.U has leased back the properties on a 15-year term.

IXIS Capital Partners have also closed a framework agreement with A.T.U to acquire the company’s retail and repair service outlets planned for development in Germany over the next two years, as part of A.T.U’s expansion strategy for the national market.

Karsten Engel, CEO of A.T.U, commented: “A.T.U is a unique success story in Germany in the independent automotive aftersales market. With its high-quality full service offer at particularly favourable prices, A.T.U meets the needs of today’s car owners in Germany and across Europe. We are now on track with our European expansion strategy.” A.T.U currently operates 3 stores in the Czech Republic, 2 stores in The Netherlands and 19 stores in Austria. Soon, store openings in Italy and Switzerland will follow. Sphere: Related Content

Mete SpA Closes EUR 39 Million Sale Leaseback of Five Furniture Stores in Italy

Europe Real Estate - December 14, 2006

JER Partners (“JER”) has acquired an Italian portfolio of five retail showrooms from Mete SpA (Mete), Italy’s fifth largest household furniture retailer for €39 million in a sale-leaseback transaction for 12 years. The portfolio, which is located throughout Italy, comprises approximately 30,000 m² of mainly retail space. JER has also agreed in principle to acquire further retail assets, including broader retail schemes, currently controlled by Mete.

Vittorio Bozzolini, Managing Director of Mete, said: "Mete's agreement with JER will allow us to continue to exploit our capabilities in the real estate sector together with JER whilst releasing capital to our core furniture retailing business".

Mete typically sources well-located, industrial type assets that are coming out of distressed situations, then applies for a change of zoning use to retail and refurbishes the assets. The properties are available to buy once permission to change the zoning has been granted.

The acquisition was financed by Unicredit Banca d'Impresa. JER was assisted in technical aspects by Abaco Consulting and by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo and Partners as legal counsel. Sphere: Related Content

Thursday, December 21, 2006

University of New South Wales Agrees to $41 Million Sale Leaseback of Campus Building

Australian Property Review - December 18, 2006

The Westpac Office Trust has contracted to acquire a University of New South Wales (UNSW) office and educational building in Kensington, Sydney, for $41 million. The university will lease back the entire building for an initial term of 25 years.

The purchase, the third for the Trust, involves the acquisition of a 99 year ground lease interest in the 10,685 sqm property. The lease back agreement includes two further options of ten years each. The lease provides for fixed 3% per annum rental adjustments and is 'triple net', with UNSW responsible for all capital and operating expenses. The purchase price of $41 million is supported by an independent valuation from CB Richard Ellis at an initial yield of 6%, a ten year discount rate of 8.5% and a terminal capitalisation rate of 6.1%.

The building, located at 221-227 Anzac Parade in Kensington, lies adjacent to the UNSW campus and was completed in May 2005. It was design by Bligh Voller Nield.

"The property will add diversity to the portfolio and meets the investment criteria of the Trust in offering a long term, investment grade equivalent, covenant from UNSW and a new building in a location that will improve significantly in the future," said Keith Grayson, Head of Property Funds Management for Westpac. Sphere: Related Content

KarstadtQuelle May Raise EUR 800 Million for 49% Stake in Store Portfolio Fund

NAMNEWS - December 18, 2006

Retail group KarstadtQuelle has received offers for its stake in a property fund, and could use the proceeds to buy Lufthansa's stake in Thomas Cook, Reuters has quoted sources familiar with the situation as saying. The report said that several prospective buyers have shown interest in KarstadtQuelle's 49% stake in a property fund. A sale could generate E800m for KarstadtQuelle, which could help with restructuring and allow for acquisitions.

The sources said that offers are coming from Anglo-American financial investors keen to buy a large portfolio, given expectations of gains in the German retail property market and declines in the dollar. A sale would enable KarstadtQuelle to buy Lufthansa's half of their jointly owned travel tour operator Thomas Cook without taking on new debt.

In March, KarstadtQuelle sold its property portfolio (in a large sale leaseback transaction) for E4.5bn to a joint venture owned 49% by itself and 51% by Whitehall, a Goldman Sachs property fund. Karstadt had hoped to reduce its stake in the fund over a period of three to five years, generating E800m, but the improving German property market and better-than-expected performance at Karstadt's department stores are making an earlier exit possible. Sphere: Related Content

Sunday, December 17, 2006

CVS Completes Largest Retail Sale Leaseback in US History

Mintz Levin Web Site - December 14, 2006

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a full-service, 450-lawyer AmLaw 100 firm with offices throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., announced that it represented CVS Corporation, the nation's largest pharmacy chain, in an historic $1.3 billion sale leaseback transaction - the largest retail sale leaseback deal in U.S. history. The transaction, which involved 340 owned or ground leased pharmacy properties located in 29 states, was financed through a 144A securities offering underwritten by five investment banks led by Lehman Brothers. Sphere: Related Content

Travis Perkins Completes GBP 31 Million Sale Leaseback of 35 Retail Properties in UK

Forbes/AFX - December 15, 2006

Travis Perkins PLC, the UK based construction products retailer, said it sold 35 freehold properties to an investment vehicle, in which the group retains a 15 pct stake, for 31 mln stg after costs. The properties, which have been leased back by the group on 25-year terms, on a near 6 pct yield, realised a net profit of 11 mln stg in 2006. Travis Perkins plans to re-invest the proceeds in new and existing properties.

"This is our biggest ever property deal and represents an important step in our implementation of the group's policy of maximising value through the development of its property portfolio," said chief executive Geoff Cooper. The group operates from over 1,000 sites of which 377 are freehold or long leasehold. It said that disposals in future years will likely be on a smaller scale. Sphere: Related Content

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Telstra Agrees to AUS $550 Million HQ Build-to-Suit in Brisbane

The Australian - December 12, 2006

Telstra has struck Brisbane's biggest office lease as it moves to consolidate its massive property requirements. The telco will lease a total of 50,000sqm in generating a new purpose-built 30-storey office tower at 275 George Street and sparking the refurbishment of Northbank Plaza in Ann Street next door. The buildings will house its 2500 office workers and 2000 call-centre staff.

Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo said the new leases, to begin in 2008 and 2009 when the new buildings are complete, meant it would consolidate from eight Brisbane locations down to the two new towers. The deal would result in annual lease savings of $11.65 million from 2009, Mr Trujillo said.

Sydney-based property company Charter Hall will develop the $550 million complex through two of its wholesale property funds. Brisbane has been one of the country's hottest office leasing markets with an all-time low vacancy rate of 1.8 per cent and rents surging 23 per cent in the year to September, according to agent Jones Lang LaSalle.

Telstra director of property Vito Chiodo declined to comment on the rent to be paid on the 10-year leasing agreement. Industry sources said the telco's rental bill on the new deal was likely to gross around $500 per square metre, but with significant incentives for such a big deal.

There has been ongoing market speculation that Telstra will also sell part of its $2 billion-plus property holdings. In 2002, Telstra boosted its bottom line with the $570 million sale and lease-back of seven office properties to Investa Property Group. Sphere: Related Content

PA Consulting Group Completes £170 Million Sale Leaseback of London HQ

PA Consulting Group Web Site - December 12, 2006

PA Consulting Group, the leading management, systems and consulting firm, today announced that it had sold its London HQ,123 Buckingham Palace Road, to Westbrook Partners, a US Opportunity Fund, for a sum in excess of £170 million.

PA will continue to occupy the building for a minimum of 12 years under a sale and leaseback arrangement with Westbrook that takes in PA’s requirement for expansion space for further growth. PA bought the 194,000 sq ft building in October 1999 and currently occupies half the space for its global headquarters. The firm decided to sell the building to take advantage of a buoyant property investment market.

Jon Moynihan, Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group, commented: “This is good news for PA and its employees who are all shareholders in our business and stand to benefit from the significant increase in our share price as a result of the sale. We will be reinvesting the capital freed up into developing new businesses and new markets.” Sphere: Related Content

Sunday, December 10, 2006

PPL Energy HQ in Allentown, PA Sold for $83 Million

The Morning Call - December 8, 2006

A syndicate of domestic and foreign investors led by a New York City-based investment group has purchased the eight-story Plaza at PPL Center from the Malvern, Chester County-based Liberty Property Trust.

Completed in 2003 at a cost of $60 million, the award-winning, environmentally friendly green building at Ninth and Hamilton streets is on the site of the former Hess's Department Store and is still an anchor of the city's commercial district.

Mark DeRiemer, managing director of New York capital markets for Liberty Property Trust's broker, Jones Lang LaSalle, said he could not provide additional information about the investment group at this time. PPL's lease extends to 2018 with two 10-year renewal options.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said he was encouraged by the sale price of the building, which he said demonstrates a $23 million gain in value in three years. The building is in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, exempting the building and its tenants from most state and local taxes until 2011.

DeRiemer, of Jones, Lang, LaSalle, said the Plaza building was attractive as an investment because it has a long-term lease with a high-quality tenant and is one of the premier buildings in the Lehigh Valley. Sphere: Related Content

American Express Offices in Phoenix Sold for $91 Million

The Arizona Republic - December 8, 2006

Two office buildings in northwest Phoenix that house American Express operations have been sold to a Detroit-based pension fund for a combined $90.7 million.

The buildings are at 3151 and 3202 W. Behrend Drive, near the Loop 101 and Interstate 17 interchange. The buyer is the Police and Fire Retirement System of the city of Detroit, according to records filed at the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.

The sellers, IPC Phoenix Title LLC and TRC-W Phoenix Title LLC, share a Tulsa address. The companies are tied to Oklahoma-based Stan Johnson Co., which brokers single-tenant leased properties.

IPC sold the 300,000-square-foot, three-story class A office building at 3151 for $53.1 million. IPC originally bought the property at 3151 in July 2005 for $48 million, according to county records.

The 3202 building, known as Crosspoint at Beardsley, has more than 213,000 square feet of class A office space leased to American Express. TRC-W bought the building in July 2005 for $34 million then sold it to the Detroit corporation last month for $37.6 million. Sphere: Related Content

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Eircom Agrees to EUR 190 Million Sale Leaseback of Dublin HQ - December 8, 2006

Quinlan Private has announced it has concluded a deal to buy the new Eircom headquarters and lease it back to the telecommunications company. The investment group said it paid €190 million for the building, which is one of the anchor tenants in the new Heuston South Quarter development. Quinlan Private said the initial net yield is over 4 per cent. Eircom said it will use the funds to reinvest in its 'core business'.

The new Eircom headquarters is a nine-storey building with approximately 20,000 square metres of office space and parking for over 190 cars. It was designed by Anthony Reddy Associates and is in the Heuston Framework Development Area, which is bounded by St John's Road, Military Road and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The area is being developed as a new urban gateway centre focused on Heuston Station, with a mix of offices, residential, cultural, retail and other services. Sphere: Related Content

Booth Creek Ski Holdings Agrees to $192 Million Sale leaseback of Four US Ski Resorts

CoStar Group - December 8, 2006

CNL Income Properties Inc. agreed to acquire to acquire four ski resorts from affiliates of Booth Creek Ski Holdings Inc. for $170 million. The four ski properties to be acquired are the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA; the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA; the Summit-at-Snoqualmie Resort in Snoqualmie Pass, WA; and the Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH.

As part of the ski resort deal, CNL also committed to acquire 46 condominiumized retail and commercial spaces at the Northstar Commercial Village in Lake Tahoe for $22 million and to extend a $12 million loan to Booth Creek Resort Properties.

CNL plans to enter into long-term, triple net leases with Booth Creek Resort Properties LLC to operate the Booth Creek Ski Properties and with Northstar Group Commercial Properties to operate the Northstar Commercial Village. The initial terms of the leases are expected to be for 20 years with three 10-year renewal options. The minimum annual rent for the Booth Creek Ski Properties and the Northstar Commercial Properties is expected to be approximately $18.2 million in the initial year (approx. 9.5% cap rate.) Sphere: Related Content

Marinas International Agrees to $106 Million Sale Leaseback of 9 Marinas

CoStar Group - December 8, 2006

CNL Income Properties Inc. agreed to acquire nine marina properties for $106 million from subsidiaries of Marinas International. As part of that agreement, CNL anticipates making a loan for approximately $40 million, which will be collateralized by five additional marina properties.

The names and locations of the properties to be purchased are as follows.

• Crystal Point Marina, Point Pleasant, NJ
• Manasquan River Club, Point Pleasant, NJ
• Harbors View Marina, Ketchum, OK
• Lake Front Marina, Port Clinton, OH
• Sandusky Harbor Marina, Sandusky, OH
• Beaver Creek Resort, Somerset, KY
• Burnside Marina, Monticello, KY
• Harborage Marina, Saint Petersburg, FL
• Pier 121 Marina and Easthill Park, Lewisville, TX

The loan properties are as follows.

• Emeryville Marina, Emeryville, CA
• Scott's Landing Marina, Grapevine, TX
• Silver Lake Marina and Park, Grapevine, TX
• Twin Coves Marina and Park, Flower Mound, TX
• Paradise Cove, Grapevine, TX

CNL will leaseback all nine purchased properties on a long-term triple-net basis to an affiliate of Marinas International. The leases for all properties are expected to have a 20-year initial term, with four 5-year renewal options. The minimum annual rent for these properties is expected to be approximately $8.6 million in the initial year. Sphere: Related Content

Friday, December 08, 2006

Midwest ISO Enters Build-to-Suit for HQ in Indiana

CoStar Group - December 6, 2006

Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. signed a long-term deal with Lauth Property Group to build a 135,000-square-foot headquarters on 10 acres within the Carmel Science and Technology Park in Carmel. Lauth Property Group recently closed on the Hamilton County land, with construction scheduled to start this month.

Midwest ISO, one of the largest bulk power transmission system operators in the country, signed a 10-year lease to occupy a new build-to-suit office building at Carmel Science and Technology Park. The park is said to be one of the largest suburban build-to-suit projects in Central Indiana within the last decade. Midwest ISO plans to consolidate employees from four leased office locations into the new facility. Sphere: Related Content

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Annuonces HQ Build to Suit

Commercial Property News - December 6, 2006

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has found a new home. The health insurer has signed a lease to occupy a 1 million-square-foot building in the suburban Dallas town of Richardson, Texas. Dallas-based Koll development will build the new office facility, which will allow the insurer to consolidate four sites.

Koll will own the new building and will lease it in its entirety to Blue Cross under a long-term contract. The new campus will feature a 12-story building and a separate four-story structure at the intersection of North Central Expressway and Lookout Dr., just a few miles from the company's current home at 901 South Central Expressway. The Staubach Co.'s Jeff Ellerman and Mike Sessa represented the tenant in the transaction, and orchestrated a commitment from Koll to take on the health insurer's lease at its existing headquarters location. Last year, Blue Cross signed a 16-year lease for 517,000 square feet at the complex. With Koll assuming the lease, Blue Cross will not incur any additional leasing costs.

With the move to the new facility, which will take place upon the property's completion in early 2010, Blue Cross will be able to unite 2,700 employees at one location, and have room for an additional 1,000 workers. Koll plans to begin work on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' new headquarters in the third quarter of next year. Sphere: Related Content

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Pendragon Announces £240 Million Sale Leaseback of 81 UK Car Dealerships

Auto Industry News - December 4, 2006

Pendragon plc, the UK’s largest car dealer group, is expected to become acquisitive again after announcing it expects to raise around £240m to reduce gearing and release cash for expansion from a new sale and leaseback scheme involving selling 81 of its properties to PPH1, a joint venture company owned by Pendragon Group and NWPIL – a Royal Bank of Scotland subsidiary.

Consideration for the sale will be £257.8m, realising net cash proceeds of £238.9m. Each property will be leased back to the group for 25 years for an initial aggregate yearly rent of £16.3m (i.e. 6.3% cap rate). Sphere: Related Content

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Denver News Agency HQ Sold for $93.42 Million

CoStar Group - December 1, 2006

American Properties Inc. of New York acquired the 320,000-square-foot Denver News Agency Building from Wachovia Development Co. of Charlotte, NC for $93.42 million, or about $292 per square foot.

The downtown Denver property sits at 101 W. Colfax Ave. and is fully occupied by the Denver Newspaper Agency, which publishes The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News under a joint operating agreement designed to preserve editorial competition. Combined business operations are managed by The Agency, which is equally owned by MediaNews and The E. W. Scripps Co.

Both parties were represented in-house. Sphere: Related Content

Swedish Bank SEB AB Offering Sale Leaseback of 47 Baltic Properties

SEB Web Site - November 29, 2006

Swedish bank SEB AB has decided to sell its property holdings in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This is in line with SEB's strategy of not owning properties and outsourcing non-core operations.

The property holdings comprise one sale and leaseback portfolio of 47 properties, in which SEB intends to lease premises over a long period of time, and one commercial portfolio of 16 properties. The commercial portfolio consists primarily of larger properties with significant development potential in attractive locations. These properties will mainly be let to other tenants or in which SEB intends to lease only for a limited period of time. The total book value amounts to EUR 104 million.

SEB has retained Catella Corporate Finance, SEB Enskilda and SEB Vilfima as exclusive advisors in the sale process. The bids shall be submitted before 16 January 2007, and the sale is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2007. Sphere: Related Content

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Konecranes Pursuing Sale Leaseback of Property Portfolio in Finland

Konecranes Web Site - November 30, 2006

Konecranes return on capital employed is currently 26.6 percent, but its ambition level is higher. As part of its capital efficiency programme, Konecranes is now also studying the possibility to release capital by selling real estate for the use of its rapidly growing core business.

The facilities in question, located in Hyvinkää and Hämeenlinna, Finland, which are currently mainly in production, warehousing and office use, comprise approximately 73,000 square metres on a total land area of roughly 240,000 square metres.

No decision to sell the real estate has been made. The decision will be made based on the outcome of the study. After the potential transaction, the companies currently operating in the facilities are planned to continue their normal operations under operating lease agreements. The possible agreements could be finalized during the first quarter of 2007.

Advium Corporate Finance, eQ Bank Ltd. is acting as Konecranes’ financial advisor, and will also determine the market value of the properties. Sphere: Related Content

Hannoversche Volksbank Completes Sale Leaseback of 42 Branches in Hanover

IXIS AEW Web Site - November 30, 2006

Curzon / IXIS AEW Europe has completed its tenth acquisition on behalf of the European Property Investors LP (“EPI”), acquiring a forty-two asset portfolio located in and around the city of Hanover, in central northern Germany.

The vendor is the Hannoversche Volksbank eG (HanVB), part of the Volksbanken Group. HanVB, in turn, leased back approximately 85% of the space for a term of over 10 years. The portfolio was acquired at a net yield of approximately 7%.

According to Rob Reiskin, Managing Director and Head of Investments at EPI in London, “the combination of credit strength (The Volksbank group including HanVB has an A+ rating from S&P) and duration of income and make this portfolio particularly interesting. Sphere: Related Content

Friday, December 01, 2006

ING Offices in Amsterdam Sold for EUR 174 Million

ING Real Estate Web Site - November 29, 2006

ING Real Estate Development is pleased to announce the sale of the high-end office complex Acanthus in Amsterdam to Credit Suisse Asset Management. The sales price was approximately EUR 174 million. Credit Suisse Asset Management acquired Acanthus on behalf of its CS Euroreal fund. Acanthus is leased to ING Bank on a long-term lease.

Acanthus is situated in the immediate vicinity of train and metro station Amsterdam Bijlmer and the Arena Boulevard. The office complex was completed in 2003 and has gross lettable floorspace of 42.000 sq m. The office floors are situated on top of a 4 storey parking garage with 610 spaces.

ING Real Estate Development was advised in this transaction by DTZ Zadelhoff and Nauta Dutilh. Credit Suisse AM was advised by Houthoff Buruma and Savills. Sphere: Related Content

CONSOL Energy Enters $50 Million Build-to-Suit for New HQ Near Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Business Times - November 27, 2006

CONSOL Energy Inc. has sold its future headquarters property at Southpointe II to Horizon Properties LLC and will lease back the space in the building. Rod Piatt, principal with Cecil-based Horizon, said on Wednesday that his company had reached an agreement with Upper St. Clair-based CONSOL (NYSE:CNX) to purchase and develop CONSOL's 384,000 square foot corporate campus at Southpointe II. Piatt said CONSOL had signed a 20-year lease for the building.

In the summer of 2008, CONSOL is expected to move its Upper St. Clair corporate campus to the Southpointe II building, which has been under construction for about three months. The roughly 35 acre property, sits on Southpointe Boulevard, just south of the Southpointe I development in Cecil Township.

CONSOL spokesman Tom Hoffman said the decision to sell the property and lease it back was consistent with the company's past practices. "We don't need to own buildings." Piatt said that while the total cost of the project, which will have one 310,000 square foot headquarters building and a 100,000 square foot subsidiary building, has not been disclosed, "it is going to be north of $50 million." Sphere: Related Content

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