Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CXP) announced today that it has completed the sale of three separate office buildings for total proceeds of $88.5 million in cash. These transactions were anticipated in the Company’s guidance for 2014.
The transactions include:
- Sale of the 247,624-square-foot Class-A office property at 7031 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia, MD, to the existing tenant, MICROS Systems, Inc.;
- Sale of the 128,296-square-foot Class-A SunTrust Building at 200 South Orange in Orlando, FL, to Susquehanna Holdings, LTD.; and
- Sale of the previously vacant 240,274-square-foot Class-B office property at 160 Park Avenue (f/ka 180 Park Avenue #103) in Florham Park, NJ, to new user Automatic Switch Company.
Nelson Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Property Trust, noted, “Consistent with our previous asset recycling activity, these transactions continue to improve the overall performance and quality of our portfolio by reducing our exposure to single-tenant and suburban assets and tightening our market concentration, from 16 to 15 total markets.”
About Columbia Property TrustOne of the nation’s largest office REITs, Columbia Property Trust invests in high-quality commercial office properties in primary U.S. markets and has achieved an investment-grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rating services. As of May 8, 2014, Columbia Property Trust’s portfolio included 44 properties, consisting of 60 operational buildings and comprising approximately 16.8 million square feet of office space in 13 states and the District of Columbia. For information about Columbia Property Trust, visit www.ColumbiaPropertyTrust.com. Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements contained in this press release other than historical facts may be considered 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. We intend for all such forward-looking statements to be covered by the applicable safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in those acts. Such statements include, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies, and prospects and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including known and unknown risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Therefore, such statements are not intended to be a guarantee of our performance in future periods. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “continue,” or other similar words. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We make no representations or warranties (express or implied) about the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, and we do not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors and are based on a number of assumptions involving judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive, and market conditions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately. To the extent that our assumptions differ from actual conditions, our ability to accurately anticipate results expressed in such forward-looking statements, including our ability to generate positive cash flow from operations, make distributions to stockholders, and maintain the value of our real estate properties, may be significantly hindered. See Item 1A in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, for a discussion of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in our forward-looking statements. The risk factors described in our Annual Report are not the only ones we face, but do represent those risks and uncertainties that we believe are material to us. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also harm our business.
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