New York, NY – May 31, 2012 – SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), New York City’s largest commercial office landlord, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire 304 Park Avenue South, a 215,000-square-foot mixed-use office and retail building for $135 million, or $628 per square foot, from a partnership headed by David Berley, Chairman of Walter & Samuels Inc. SL Green will acquire the property with approximately 50% cash and 50% Operating Partnership units. The transaction is expected to close June 1, 2012.
The property is located on the southwest corner of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street directly across the street from SL Green’s One Madison Avenue in the Midtown South sub-district, an area that boasts steadily increasing rents and an office market vacancy of sub-6%. The property features close proximity to Madison Square Park, Union Square, Gramercy Park and the Flatiron districts, making it highly desirable for office and retail tenants alike.
The property is 95% leased to a boutique office tenancy including lead tenant IMG Models, ranked as the world’s number one model management firm. Retail tenants include H&R Block, Bath & Body Works and Time Warner Entertainment.
Andrew Mathias, President of SL Green, commented, “We’ve been monitoring Midtown South carefully looking for acquisition opportunities, however the consistently tightening vacancy rates and substantial lease activity in the area have driven cap rates on marketed deals below our target investment thresholds. This unique opportunity came to us because of the attractiveness of our Operating Partnership Units and our relationship with the seller. It’s a classic SL Green investment – off-market, potential repositioning, and creating value upon acquisition for both the Company and the seller. This is the fifth time in the past year we have used OP units in an acquisition, as sellers recognize the unique benefits of our currency.”
Walter & Samuels represented the seller.
Advisor for the transaction was Doug Harmon of Eastdil Secured.
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 March 31, 2012, SL Green owned interests in 70 Manhattan properties totaling more than 39.0 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 27.3 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 in 32 suburban assets totaling 6.9 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.
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