New York, NY – February 27, 2012 – SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), New York City’s largest commercial office landlord, today announced it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 10 East 53rd St., a 37-story, 390,000square-foot Midtown Manhattan office building. The Company also said that it has sold a 45% joint venture ownership stake in 10 East 53rd Street to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) which has made an equity investment of $57.4 million before closing costs, adjustments and working capital.
The purchase price of the property was $252.5 million, or approximately $647 per square foot. New York Commercial Bank is providing the venture with a 5-year, $125 million, floating rate mortgage financing.
Andrew Mathias, President of SL Green, commented, “We believe that the prestige and value of quality properties in the Plaza District of Midtown Manhattan is unparalleled. The chance to add an additional plaza asset to our core portfolio does not come along often and upon being presented with this unique opportunity, we took it. Having CPPIB join with us in the venture further supports our belief in the potential of 10 East 53rd Street.”
Peter Ballon, Vice-President and Head of Real Estate Investments – Americas, CPPIB, said, “We are delighted to acquire a significant interest in a high quality and extremely well located property which has the potential to be repositioned as a top boutique office property in Midtown Manhattan. This expands our real estate portfolio in New York City to interests in five prime office buildings in Manhattan. We are pleased to be partnering once again with SL Green who has a strong track record at repositioning Midtown office properties.
About SL Green
SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of December 31, 2011, SL Green owned interests in 65 Manhattan properties totaling more than 38.7 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 27.0 million square feet of commercial properties and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 11.7 million square feet of properties. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds ownership interests and debt and preferred equity interests in 32 suburban assets totaling 7.3 million square feet in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey, along with four development properties in the suburbs encompassing approximately 0.5 million square feet.
About Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits on behalf of 18 million Canadian contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, inflation-linked bonds, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London and Hong Kong, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm’s length from governments. At December 31, 2011, the CPP Fund totalled $152.8 billion of which $14.4 billion represents real estate investments. For more information, please visit www.cppib.ca.
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Director, Investor Relations