SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE: RPT) announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of Investcorp International, Inc. ("Investcorp"). The purpose of the joint venture is to acquire existing shopping centers totaling $125 million, which present value-added opportunities. The joint venture will target well-located centers, greater than 100,000 square feet in the Mid-West, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. Under the terms of the joint venture, which is structured as a Limited Liability Company, Investcorp will own 75% of the equity and RPT will own 25%. The anticipated property leverage is approximately 70%. In addition, Ramco-Gershenson, Inc., a subsidiary of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, has been retained for asset management, property management and leasing based on agreements with the joint venture and will also be responsible for the identification of potential acquisitions. The joint venture between RPT and Investcorp was arranged by the Real Estate Investment Banking Group of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown. "We are pleased to participate in a joint venture with a company that is both a knowledgeable real estate owner and whose focus on asset management and value creation is aligned with ours," said Dennis Gershenson, RPT's president and chief executive officer. "This transaction will allow us to continue to actively pursue value added acquisitions, reduce our leverage and utilize our management team to achieve what we expect to be an outstanding return on our investment. I look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship and the positive, long term effects it will provide our shareholders." Upon closing, the joint venture acquired two shopping centers from RPT, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $31 million. The two centers were Chester Springs Shopping Center, a 224,000 square foot center located in Chester, New Jersey and Rivertowne Square, a 137,000 square foot center located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. "We are delighted to establish this joint venture with RPT. This initiative is consistent with Investcorp's strategy of generating opportunities for its clients through the acquisition of single assets and through the assemblage of multi-property, sector-specific portfolios," said Edward Lord, Senior Partner of Investcorp's Real Estate Group. Investcorp is a global investment group with offices in New York, London and Bahrain. The firm focuses on three lines of business: corporate investment, real estate investment and asset management. Investcorp's team of real estate professionals is based in New York and has arranged over 40 real estate transactions with an aggregate acquisition value of approximately $1 billion. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust has a portfolio of 55 shopping centers, withapproximately 10.6 million square feet of gross leasable area, located in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, the Company is a fully integrated, self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust owns, develops, acquires and manages community shopping centers, regional malls and single tenant retail properties, nationally. This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the operation of certain of the Trust's properties. Management of Ramco-Gershenson believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements made in this document are based on reasonable assumptions. Certain factors could occur that might cause actual results to vary. These include general economic conditions, the strength of key industries in the cities in which the Trust's properties are located, the performance of the Trust's tenants at the Trust's properties and elsewhere, and other factors discussed in the Trust's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For further information on Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust via facsimile at no cost, simply dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter the company symbol RPT.
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