EastGroup Properties Acquires Two Buildings in Charlotte for $5.3 Million

Jan 13, 2010, 17:11 ET from EastGroup Properties, Inc.

JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EastGroup Properties (NYSE: EGP) today announced the acquisition of two business distribution buildings containing 193,000 square feet in Charlotte, North Carolina for a combined purchase price of $5,250,000.  The buildings, which will be renamed Commerce Park 2 and 3, are located in Charlotte's southwest submarket.  They were constructed in 1981 and 1987 and are presently 87% occupied by nine customers.  The buildings are projected to generate an annualized 11.7% yield at their current occupancy and rents.

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David H. Hoster II, President and CEO, stated, "The acquisition of Commerce Park 2 and 3 allows EastGroup to expand in an attractive in-fill submarket where we have a successful base of assets and increases our ownership in the Charlotte market to over 1.8 million square feet.  This represents our third property purchase in the last eight months, and we continue to seek new investment opportunities."

EastGroup Properties, Inc. is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, development and operation of industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets throughout the United States with an emphasis in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.  The Company's goal is to maximize shareholder value by being the leading provider in its markets of functional, flexible, and quality business distribution space for location sensitive customers primarily in the 5,000 to 50,000 square foot range.  The Company's strategy for growth is based on ownership of premier distribution facilities generally clustered near major transportation features in supply-constrained submarkets.  EastGroup's portfolio currently includes 28 million square feet.

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking and as such are based upon the Company's current belief as to the outcome and timing of future events. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) and are subject to change based upon various factors, including but not limited to the following risks and uncertainties:  changes in the real estate industry and in performance of the financial markets; the demand for and market acceptance of the Company's properties for rental purposes; the amount and growth of the Company's expenses; tenant financial difficulties; and general economic conditions, including interest rates, as well as economic conditions in those areas where the Company owns properties, the risks associated with the development of real property, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

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