EastGroup Properties Announces Recent Acquisition and Disposition Activity
JACKSON, Miss., June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) (the "Company", "we", "us", or "EastGroup") announced today its recent acquisition and disposition activity.
On June 1, 2022, EastGroup closed the acquisition of Tulloch Corporation, the owner of an industrial real estate portfolio located within the San Francisco and Sacramento markets, with properties in those locations representing 85% and 15% of total portfolio net operating income, respectively. The portfolio consists of 14 properties totaling approximately 1.7 million square feet and two land parcels totaling 10.5 acres. The properties are currently 100% leased to 37 tenants with an average remaining lease term of less than 3 years. At the time of acquisition, the annualized net operating income generated by the fully-occupied properties is approximately $17.1 million. The two land parcels will allow for the future development of approximately 215,000 square feet. EastGroup acquired Tulloch Corporation for consideration consisting of approximately 1.87 million newly issued shares of EastGroup common stock, at a negotiated price of $190 per share, and the assumption of a $60 million loan, which EastGroup intends to promptly repay with no penalty.
The Company's California portfolio, including operating properties and value-add acquisitions in lease-up, prior to this acquisition included approximately 5.9 million square feet, which had average rent growth of 54.5% on a straight-line basis for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Following this acquisition, the Company now owns approximately 7.6 million square feet in California, which represents 21% of the Company's total annualized base rent. The Company's California properties are 98.9% leased as of June 1, 2022.
Commenting on the Company's activity, Marshall Loeb, CEO, stated, "We are thrilled to add the Tulloch Corporation's San Francisco area portfolio to EastGroup. The Tulloch family, over three generations, built a very strong portfolio in terms of location, building quality and tenant quality. Within our own portfolio, San Francisco has historically been one of our strongest markets and also one where we've been under allocated capital-wise. We're very bullish about the future for our San Francisco portfolio. Given recent headlines and resulting levels of concern, we are pleased to continue seeing strong levels of tenant demand across our portfolio as evidenced by our month end results."
Brian Tulloch, President of the Tulloch Corporation stated, "I'm very pleased with the sale to EastGroup. I've been a shareholder for a number of years so I knew the Company prior to launching the sales process. Early on I was hoping there would be a way to reach this joint outcome." Eastdil Secured served as financial advisor to Tulloch Corporation.
Also, during the current quarter, EastGroup sold a 42,000 square foot service center building in Houston for approximately $13 million. A gain will be recorded in the three months ended June 30, 2022, which will be excluded from funds from operations. This activity supports the Company's ongoing efforts to diversify its portfolio allocation across all EastGroup markets.
As of June 1, 2022, EastGroup's operating portfolio was 98.7% leased and 98.2% occupied.
EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP), a S&P Mid-Cap 400 company, is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust focused on the development, acquisition and operation of industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets throughout the United States with an emphasis in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and North Carolina. The Company's goal is to maximize shareholder value by being a leading provider in its markets of functional, flexible and quality business distribution space for location sensitive customers (primarily in the 15,000 to 70,000 square foot range). The Company's strategy for growth is based on ownership of premier distribution facilities generally clustered near major transportation features in supply-constrained submarkets. The Company's portfolio, including development projects and value-add acquisitions in lease-up and under construction, currently includes approximately 54.1 million square feet.
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