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Seritage Growth Properties Provides Year End 2019 Business Update

January 27, 2020 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 27, 2020--

Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) (the “Company”), a national owner of 212 retail and mixed-use properties totaling approximately 33.4 million square feet, today provided an update on the Company’s leasing, development and transaction activity as of December 31, 2019.

“We are pleased with our strong operating results in 2019, including ending the year with over 10 million square feet of new leasing since inception at rents that average 4.0x the amounts previously paid by Sears and Kmart. We now have $180 million of signed rental income, plus the remaining lease up of our announced projects, that are expected to provide additional stability and compelling income growth for the Company,” said Benjamin Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In another milestone for the Company, we commenced our first set of mixed use projects in the fourth quarter as part of the broader redevelopment of our three dozen premier and large scale projects. In total, we now have agreements with leading multifamily partners to entitle and develop over 6,800 apartment units across 17 sites, a significant step in unlocking densification potential with an integrated mix of uses.”

Mr. Schall continued, “In order to focus our human and capital resources on our most attractive redevelopment opportunities, we have now sold 55 mostly smaller market assets and, in total, monetized almost $900 million worth of assets and generated over $700 million of gross proceeds that we are recycling into our pipeline. As we look to 2020, we intend to utilize our platform and expand our preferred relationships with tenants, mixed-use developers and capital providers to generate substantial value for our shareholders.”

Tenant Diversification

In 2019, the Company signed leases totaling over 2.5 million square feet, including 814,000 square feet signed in the fourth quarter. Retail leasing in the fourth quarter totaled 721,000 square feet at an average rent of $16.34 PSF.

Below is a summary of the Company’s leasing activity, including its proportional share of unconsolidated joint ventures, as of December 31, 2019:

 

 

 

Q4 2019

 

 

 

FY2019

 

 

 

Since Inception

 

Leases

 

 

30

 

 

 

115

 

 

 

402

 

Square Feet

 

 

814,000

 

 

 

2,541,000

 

 

 

10,426,000

 

Annual Base Rent ($000s)

 

$

12,381

 

 

$

48,603

 

 

$

179,767

 

Annual Base Rent PSF (1)

 

$

16.34

 

 

$

20.35

 

 

$

18.29

 

Re-leasing Multiple (1)(2)

 

 

3.9

x

 

 

3.9

x

 

 

4.0

x

As of December 31, 2019, annual base rent from diversified tenants accounted for approximately 94.5% of total annual base rent, including all signed leases and the effect of all exercised and pending recapture and termination notices.

Below is a summary of the Company’s leased square footage and rental income, including its proportional share of unconsolidated joint ventures, as of December 31, 2019:

(in thousands, except number of leases and PSF data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of

 

 

Leased

 

 

% of Total

 

 

Annual

 

 

% of Total

 

 

Annual

 

Tenant

 

Leases

 

 

GLA

 

 

Leased GLA

 

 

Rent

 

 

Annual Rent

 

 

Rent PSF

 

In-place diversified leases

 

 

282

 

 

 

7,041

 

 

 

52.9

%

 

$

97,109

 

 

 

50.6

%

 

$

13.79

 

SNO diversified leases (1)

 

 

174

 

 

 

4,204

 

 

 

31.6

%

 

 

84,348

 

 

 

43.9

%

 

 

20.06

 

Total diversified leases

 

 

456

 

 

 

11,245

 

 

 

84.4

%

 

 

181,457

 

 

 

94.5

%

 

 

16.14

 

Sears/Kmart (2)

 

 

19

 

 

 

2,075

 

 

 

15.6

%

 

 

10,577

 

 

 

5.5

%

 

 

5.10

 

Total

 

 

467

 

 

 

13,320

 

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

192,034

 

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

14.42

 

Development Activity

In total for 2019, the Company commenced or expanded 14 retail projects with a projected investment of over $192 million, including five new or expanded projects in the fourth quarter with a projected spend of approximately $67 million.

­ Heritage Place (Redmond, WA): 14-acre redevelopment approved for over one million square feet of residential, retail and office development. Phase I includes the development of 440 multifamily units and approximately 32,000 square feet of retail space.

­ Park Heritage (Dallas, TX): 23-acre redevelopment in Midtown Dallas approved for over two million square feet of residential, retail, office and hotel development. Phase I includes the development of 300 multifamily units and approximately 24,000 square feet of retail space.

­ North & Harlem (Chicago, IL): 11-acre mixed-use project approved for 465 multifamily units and approximately 97,900 square feet of retail. Phase I includes 160 multifamily units and approximately 81,000 square feet of retail space that has been pre-leased to a national grocer and national fitness club.

Portfolio Composition and Capital Recycling

In 2019, the Company sold 21 properties totaling 2.5 million square feet and generated gross proceeds of $144.3 million, including $60 million in the fourth quarter. The Company monetized these assets, which were generally located in smaller markets and/or had limited future value creation potential, in order to focus its human and capital resources on larger value creation opportunities.

Below is a summary of the Company’s portfolio, including its proportional share of unconsolidated joint ventures, as of December 31, 2019 and at inception:

As of December 31, 2019

Premier &

Suburban

Smaller

 

At

Large Scale

Retail

Market

Total

Inception

Properties

36

154

22

212

266

Existing Square Feet (mm)

7.2

24.0

2.2

33.4

42.5

Avg. Population Density (1)

1,128,220

631,515

728,058

601,275

Avg. Household Income (1)

$ 108,706

$ 88,731

$ 92,616

$ 88,006

To date, the Company has signed agreements with multifamily partners to entitle and develop over 6,800 apartment units across 17 sites (agreements are subject to the achievement of certain milestones and other customary closing conditions and there can be no assurance that such transactions will be consummated).

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had completed or commenced select phases of 10 projects at these 36 properties, including the Company’s underway premier projects in Santa Monica (CA), La Jolla (CA) and Aventura (FL), and the three multifamily projects described above.

The Company has not paid dividends on its common shares since its Q1 2019 distribution as it has maintained a policy of retaining capital to invest in its redevelopment pipeline. Given the reduction of rental income from Sears and Kmart, and the timing of new income coming on-line as projects are completed, the Company was not required to make additional common dividend payments in 2019 to maintain its REIT status.

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had approximately $591.4 million of identified liquidity, including $139.2 million of cash on the balance sheet, the $400 million incremental funding facility under the Company’s senior secured term loan (subject to certain conditions) and assets under contract for sale for anticipated gross cash proceeds of $55.2 million (assets under contract for sale are subject to customary closing conditions and there can be no assurance that such transactions will be consummated).

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” or “potential” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and that do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our historical exposure to Sears Holdings and the effects of its previously announced bankruptcy filing; the litigation filed against us and other defendants in the Sears Holdings adversarial proceeding pending in bankruptcy court; Holdco’s termination and other rights under its master lease with us; competition in the real estate and retail industries; risks relating to our recapture and redevelopment activities; contingencies to the commencement of rent under leases; the terms of our indebtedness; restrictions with which we are required to comply in order to maintain REIT status and other legal requirements to which we are subject; failure to achieve expected occupancy and/or rent levels within the projected time frame or at all; and our relatively limited history as an operating company. For additional discussion of these and other applicable risks, assumptions and uncertainties, see the “Risk Factors” and forward-looking statement disclosure contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors relating to Sears Holdings and Holdco. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

About Seritage Growth Properties

Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed REIT with 184 wholly-owned properties and 28 joint venture properties totaling approximately 33.4 million square feet of space across 44 states and Puerto Rico. The Company was formed to unlock the underlying real estate value of a high-quality retail portfolio it acquired from Sears Holdings in July 2015. Pursuant to a master lease, the Company has the right to recapture certain space from the successor to Sears Holdings for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. The Company’s mission is to create and own revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations that provide enriched experiences for consumers and local communities, and create long-term value for our shareholders.

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