Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE: KRG) (the “Company”) announced today that it has closed on the previously announced acquisition of a portfolio of nine retail operating properties for $304 million.
“These properties are complementary to our existing portfolio in terms of asset quality, tenant base and geographic distribution,” said John A. Kite, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition will reduce our debt to EBITDA ratio, improve our leverage profile and significantly increase our unencumbered asset pool. We are excited to begin adding value to the properties through redevelopment opportunities and operational improvements.”
The portfolio has an aggregate owned gross leasable area (“GLA”) of approximately 2.0 million square feet and was 93.2% leased as of September 30, 2013. Seven of the acquired properties are located in the Company’s existing markets of Florida, Georgia, and Texas, while two are in a new market, Birmingham, Alabama. The acquisition was funded with a combination of net proceeds from the Company’s recent common share offering and borrowings on its revolving line of credit.
About Kite Realty Group Trust
Kite Realty Group Trust is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, construction, redevelopment and development of neighborhood and community shopping centers in selected markets in the United States. At September 30, 2013, the Company owned interests in a portfolio of 62 operating and redevelopment properties totaling approximately 9.5 million square feet and three properties currently under development totaling 1.2 million square feet.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations that may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial or otherwise, may differ materially from the results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial or otherwise, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause such differences, some of which could be material, include, but are not limited to: national and local economic, business, real estate and other market conditions, particularly in light of low growth in the U.S. economy, financing risks, including the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity, the Company’s ability to refinance, or extend the maturity dates of, its indebtedness, the level and volatility of interest rates, the financial stability of tenants, including their ability to pay rent and the risk of tenant bankruptcies, the competitive environment in which the Company operates, acquisition, disposition, development and joint venture risks (including the impact of the portfolio acquisition described herein and financing thereof, and the Company’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of the acquired properties), property ownership and management risks, the Company’s ability to maintain its status as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes, potential environmental and other liabilities, impairment in the value of real estate property the Company owns, risks related to the geographical concentration of our properties in Indiana, Florida and Texas, and other factors affecting the real estate industry generally. The Company refers you to the documents filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the Company’s results. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.