Duke Realty Closes $2.8B Sale Of 72-Building Medical Office Package
Industrial REIT Duke Realty has completed its $2.8 billion sale of 72 medical office buildings to Healthcare Trust of America as it ramps up its bulk-space strategy.
“I am happy to announce that we have substantially completed the previously announced sale of our medical office business, generating $2.45 billion in proceeds to date, with the remaining properties expected to close during the third quarter,” said Duke CEO Jim Connor in a second quarter results statement.
Duke used some of the sale proceeds to pay down its debts and placed $796 million in escrow to finance future acquisitions and development, according to Mark Denien, Duke’s chief financial officer.
Source: Real Estate Weekly
VA Clinic Trades Fetches $449 PSF
The William “Bill” Kling Veterans Clinic in Sunrise just sold for $49.7 million to an affiliate of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based, publicly-traded real estate investment firm Healthcare Trust of America, records show.
The property at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard stretches 9.3 acres with a 110,714-square-foot building built between 2008 and 2009. The Heathcare Trust Delaware affiliate, HTA-VA Sunrise Mob, LLC, paid $449 per square foot for the building.
Indianapolis-based commercial real estate company Duke Realty was the seller. Records show Duke Realty bought the clinic for $36.3 million, or $328 per square foot, in 2012.
The veterans clinic is near the anticipated community project Metropica that the Sunrise commission approved last year. The project will have 370,000 square feet of retail space, a 345-unit apartment building, and the rights to a 240-room hotel and 140,000 square feet of Class A office space, in west Broward. One of its first of eight residential towers, Metropica One, scored a $65 million construction loan, last month.
Source: The Real Deal
Duke Realty Mulls Sale Of Medical Office Buildings
Real estate investment trust Duke Realty Corp (DRE.N) is exploring the sale of its medical office buildings that could be worth as much as $3 billion, as it seeks to focus on its warehouse portfolio, people familiar with the matter said.
The move represents the latest strategy shift for the Indianapolis-based company, two years after it decided to shed its suburban office properties to shield itself from volatility in the wider U.S. commercial real estate market.
Duke Realty is working with investment bank Morgan Stanley on the sale of its medical office portfolio, which has attracted the interest of healthcare-focused REITs, the sources said this week. The sale process is ongoing and there is no certainty it will result in a deal, the people added.
The sources asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Duke Realty and Morgan Stanley did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Duke Realty shares jumped as much as 1.3 percent on the news to $26.03, giving the company a market capitalization of more than $9.3 billion.
Duke Realty owned a portfolio of 561 commercial properties in 21 major U.S. metropolitan areas encompassing 139.6 million net rentable square feet as of the end of December, according to its latest annual report. Out of those, 455 were bulk distribution industrial properties and 86 were medical office buildings.
The divestiture would leave Duke Realty’s portfolio comprised almost solely of industrial properties. These have been among the real estate sector’s strongest performers because of the advent of internet shopping, which has buoyed demand for warehouse space to store and process goods for shipment.
“The REIT’s well-located portfolio of industrial assets should continue to benefit from accelerating demand for high-quality logistics product and measured supply growth,” Moody’s Investors Service Inc analyst Alice Chung wrote in a note in November.
While Duke Realty’s medical office properties have proved resilient in economic downturns, their fortunes are tied to those of hospitals they share a campus with. Many hospitals are expected to take a hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, because fewer patients are expected to be covered by the alternative.
As well, the growth rate of rents in Duke’s medical office building portfolio has lagged that of its industrial properties. Real estate investors tend to reward REITs that focus on a single type of real estate, and buy or develop similar quality properties.
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