CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission West Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSW) reported today that it is exploring strategic alternatives for the possible sale of the Company. As a result of an increase in portfolio sales in various markets around the U.S., including the Silicon Valley portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, lower borrowing costs, and a steady decline in cap rates from the increased investor demand for yield oriented real estate investments, the Company's board of directors has authorized management to initiate a process to identify potential qualified buyers and determine an appropriate structure for the sale of the Company taking into account the potential value of the transaction to stockholders and operating unit holders. At this time, however, the Company is not engaged in any transaction and its board of directors has not made a decision to recommend or authorize a sale of the Company. As part of this process, the Company will conduct a broad-based marketing effort with the assistance of various third party advisors and its founder, Chairman and CEO, Carl E. Berg. The Company is continuing to lease buildings, aggressively pursue new tenants, seek value added acquisitions and run its business in the ordinary course with little or no disruption as a result of the potential sales transaction. The Company continues to believe that revenues and earnings will continue to increase in 2012 based on new and renewal leases and higher rents. Company Profile Mission West Properties, Inc. operates as a self-managed, self-administered and fully integrated REIT engaged in the management, leasing, marketing, development and acquisition of commercial R&D properties, primarily located in the Silicon Valley portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, the Company owns and manages 111 properties totaling approximately 8.0 million rentable square feet which includes approximately 738,000 rentable square feet (or 15 buildings) located in Milpitas, California that are in the process of being sold for residential development. The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements. Such statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond the Company's control, which may cause material differences in actual results, performance or other expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to, the ability to complete acquisitions from the Berg Group and other factors detailed in the Company's registration statements, and periodic filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission. SOURCE Mission West Properties, Inc.