HERZLIYA, Israel, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Optibase Ltd. (NASDAQ: OBAS) (the "Company" or "Optibase") announces that its subsidiary, Eldista GmbH (of which the Company owns 51%), the owner of an office building complex in Geneva, Switzerland, known as Centre des Technologies Nouvelles or CTN complex, received a notice from its largest tenant in Switzerland, LEM Switzerland SA, or the Tenant, regarding the deposit of the monthly rent for March 2017 amounting to CHF 279,413.10 (app. $276,803( )VAT inclusive) with Banque cantonale de Genève under the control of the Pouvoir judiciaire of the Canton of Geneva, as a preliminary process for filing a claim with the Commission de Conciliation en Matière de Baux et Loyers of the Canton of Geneva, or the Commission.
The Tenant claims that there are serious defects affecting the rented premises, which merit the Tenant with a reimbursement of CHF 2,427,600 (app, $2,404,920) (excluding VAT) as well as CHF 69,179 (app, $68,533) as indemnification for consequential damages for the years 2014 and 2015. The Tenant also reserves its claims regarding damages suffered before year 2014.
The Tenant occupies approximately 8,300 square meters in the CTN complex and accounted for approximately $2.95 million of Optibase's rent income for 2015.
According to the Swiss Code of Obligations, the Tenant has to file a formal claim with the Commission, within 30 days from the date of the deposit (i.e. March 1, 2017). The Tenant may continue to deposit the monthly rent up to the amounts claimed.
At this preliminary stage, the Company cannot provide an assessment as to the chances of the claim and the exposure to the Company.
Optibase invests in the fixed-income real estate field and currently holds properties in Switzerland, in Germany and in Miami, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia, USA and is currently looking for additional real estate investment opportunities. Optibase was previously engaged in the field of digital video technologies until the sale of its video solutions business to Optibase Technologies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of VITEC Multimedia ("Vitec") in July 2010. For further information, please visit http://www.optibase-holdings.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning our marketing and operations plans. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, difficulties in finding suitable real-estate properties for investment, availability of financing for the acquisition of real-estate, difficulties in leasing of real-estate properties, insolvency of tenants, difficulties in the disposition of real-estate projects, risk relating to collaborative arrangements with our partners relating to our real-estate properties, risks relating to the full consummation of the transaction for the sale of our video solutions business, general economic conditions and other risk factors. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements in this press release, please refer to Optibase's most recent annual report on Form 20-F. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made herein.
SOURCE Optibase Ltd.