Whitestone REIT Completes Sale Of Two Non-Core Houston Legacy Properties; Expects To Recognize A $2.1 Million Gain

HOUSTON, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) ("Whitestone" or the "Company") announced the continuation of its strategy to divest non-core legacy assets with the sale of Centre South and Webster Point, two legacy properties located Southeast of the greater Houston area.  James C. Mastandrea, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of Whitestone said, "Today's transaction brings us one step closer to making Whitestone a leading pure play retail REIT with a focused Ecommerce resistant business model."  The Company sold the properties for $4.9 million, resulting in net proceeds of $2.9 million after seller financing and transaction costs, which equates to a 7% capitalization rate on trailing twelve-month net operating income for the two properties.  Mr. Mastandrea added, "The attractive return on the sold properties provides Whitestone with further opportunities to reinvest our shareholders' capital into higher growth, high quality Ecommerce resistant retail properties in our core markets."

As part of the transaction, Whitestone provided $1.7 million in short term seller financing secured by the properties and a third-party guarantee.  The Company expects to record a $2.1 million gain on the sale, with $0.4 million recognized in 4Q'2016 and the balance at maturity upon receipt of principal payments on the 3-year seller financing loan.

Mastandrea added, "Superior valuation and shareholder returns are earned with focus, consistent execution, clarity of vision and determination to lead and deliver value for all of our stakeholders.  This operating ethos underpins today's transaction and our steadfast transformation of Whitestone to a significantly more valuable pure play retail REIT."  The two properties were part of the legacy portfolio when the current management team assumed control in late 2006.  The properties were identified for sale as they did not fit Whitestone's unique Ecommerce-resistant business model nor do they have cost-effective redevelopment potential to fit Whitestone's business model.  Including today's sale, Whitestone has sold seven non-core properties and expects to complete the sale of its remaining non-core assets by year-end 2016.

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