Forest City completes sale of Higbee Building in Cleveland Disposition generates approximately $39 million in net cash proceeds
CLEVELAND, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today announced that it has completed the disposition of the Higbee Building, an 815,000-square-foot office building in downtown Cleveland, to an affiliate of Rock Ohio Caesars Cleveland, which operates the Horseshoe Cleveland casino in the building.
The sale price was approximately $79 million, and generated net cash proceeds to Forest City of approximately $39 million.
"We continue to execute on our strategy of focusing on our primary core markets – New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco," said David J. LaRue, Forest City president and chief executive officer. "We will use liquidity from dispositions such as this to continue to reduce debt and improve our balance sheet, invest in our mature portfolio and activate entitled development opportunities in core markets."
About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $10.6 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
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