W. P. Carey announces investments totalling €253 million

W. P. Carey announced six investments completed during the 2019 fourth quarter totalling approximately €253 million ($282 million) and more than 251,000 square metres (2.7 million square feet).

The investments are located in the U.S. and Europe and are diversified across property types. The properties are triple-net leased to industry-leading tenants with a weighted-average lease term of approximately 20 years.

Investments completed by W. P. Carey during the 2019 fourth quarter

€84 million ($94 million) sale-leaseback of a 111,500 square metre logistics and distribution facility net leased to a well-known S&P 500 manufacturing company. The facility is the tenant’s second largest distribution centre in the U.S., used primarily for distribution to its east coast markets and South America.

It is located in the greater Charlotte area on the border of North and South Carolina in close proximity to key transportation routes, including Interstate 485 and Interstate 77. The lease is guaranteed by the tenant’s parent company, which is rated A by Standard & Poor’s and Baa1 by Moody’s. The asset is triple-net leased for a period of 12 years with fixed annual rent escalations.

€50 million ($56 million) acquisition of a 22,600 square metre experiential retail store, net leased to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bass Pro Group, LLC, a leading provider of outdoor sporting goods in the U.S. and Canada founded in 1971.

The facility, located on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania, has been in operation for more than 17 years. The state-of-the-art asset is a destination experiential retail location, featuring restaurants, nature exhibits, a museum, conference rooms and an aquarium, that along with the breadth of its product offerings and level of in-store customer service, differentiate it from its mass market and e-commerce competitors.

The lease is guaranteed by the tenant’s ultimate parent, which is rated B+ by Standard & Poor’s and Ba3 by Moody’s. The asset is triple-net leased for a period of 24.5 years with CPI-based rent escalations.

€35 million ($39 million) sale-leaseback of a six-property portfolio, comprising four flex-industrial and two office facilities totalling 19,800 square metres and representing the majority of the tenant’s operating footprint.

The mission-critical portfolio is net leased to a leading engineering design solutions and analysis provider that serves a broad range of industries, including energy, consumer packaging and logistics.

The facilities, located in Texas, Ohio and Louisiana, are master-leased on a triple-net basis for a period of 20 years with fixed annual rent escalations. W. P. Carey has also agreed to invest up to an additional €2.2 million ($2.5 million) in the expansion of the Ohio facility, with completion expected in late 2020.

€35 million ($38 million) sale-leaseback of two logistics facilities located in Denmark and Sweden, totalling 46,100 square metres (496,000 square feet), net leased to Stark Group A/S, which was founded in 1896 and is the largest supplier of building and construction products in the Nordic region.

The two assets are strategically located in prime distribution centres with easy access to major highways and shipping routes. The assets are triple-net leased for a period of 20 years with annual Danish and Swedish CPI-based rent escalations.

€34 million ($38 million) acquisition of a modern, 35,800 square metre (385,000 square foot) Class-A distribution facility in the U.K. net leased to Poundstretcher Limited, a leading variety discount retailer established in 1981 with over 450 locations across the country.

The facility is located in Yorkshire, within a core logistics corridor, in close proximity to major motorways and arterial routes and is triple-net leased for a period of 23 years with annual RPI-based rent escalations.

€15 million ($17 million) sale-leaseback of a 15,100 square metre (162,000 square foot) warehouse facility, net leased to Safco Dental Supply, a national distributor of dental products.

Founded in 1945, the company offers more than 20,000 products to over 16,000 customers across the U.S. and benefits from strong private equity sponsorship.

The facility is located near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and is highly critical to the company’s operations, housing its headquarters and sole distribution centre. The asset is triple-net leased for a period of 20 years with fixed annual rent escalations.

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