Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE: RPAI) today announced the successful sale of the Aon Hewitt Property for $148 million. The 818,686 square foot office property is fully leased to Aon Corporation and located in Lincolnshire, IL. Proceeds from the sale were used to repay $117.7 million of mortgage debt and accrued interest encumbering the entire Aon Hewitt Campus.
“The culmination of the Aon Corporation lease extension and the subsequent sale of this property, over the past four months, highlights our active approach to asset management and our continued ability to achieve our stated strategic initiatives that we set out earlier in the year,” stated Shane Garrison, chief operating officer and chief investment officer of RPAI. “We are pleased with the team’s progress toward meeting our target of $450 - $550 million of asset sales by the end of 2012.”
Year-to-date, the Company, has sold $414.4 million of non-core and non-strategic assets, including earnouts, pad sales, and a deed-in-lieu transaction. Since October 1, 2012, the Company has successfully completed $185.5 million of dispositions, comprising 1.2 million square feet, comprised of the Aon Hewitt Property and four single-tenant retail properties. In addition, all 2012 debt maturities have been addressed.
Following the sale of the Aon Hewitt Property, RPAI continues to own the remaining 343,000 square foot Aon Hewitt East Campus, which is currently 100% leased to Aon Hewitt.About RPAI Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate Company that owns and operates high quality, strategically located shopping centers across 35 states. The Company is one of the largest owners and operators of shopping centers in the United States. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com. Forward-Looking Statements The statements and certain other information contained in this press release, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “expect,” “continue,” “remains,” “intend,” “aim,” “should,” “prospects,” “could,” “future,” “potential,” “believes,” “plans,” “likely,” “anticipate,” and “probable,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, these forward-looking statements should be considered as subject to the many risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company’s operations and business environment. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic, business and financial conditions, changes in the Company’s industry and changes in the real estate markets in particular, market demand for and pricing of the Company’s common stock, general volatility of the capital and credit markets, competitive and cost factors, the ability of the Company to enter into new leases or renew leases on favorable terms, defaults on, early terminations of or non-renewal of leases by tenants, bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants, the effects of declining real estate valuations and impairment charges on the Company’s operating results, increased interest rates and operating costs, decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates, the uncertainties of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and redevelopment activity, the Company’s failure to successfully execute its non-core disposition program and capital recycling efforts, the Company’s ability to create long-term shareholder value, the Company’s ability to manage its growth effectively, the availability, terms and deployment of capital, regulatory changes and other risk factors, including those detailed in the sections of the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs filed with the SEC titled “Risk Factors”. We assume no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.