MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IRET (NYSE: IRET) today announces that it is nearing the completion of its strategic transformation through a series of key transactions.
"These transactions move our transition forward toward simplicity, focus, and quality," said Mark O. Decker, Jr., President and CEO. "The first half of our fiscal year has been productive. We have grown our portfolio in the Twin Cities, entered the Denver market, increased our unsecured borrowing base and line of credit, refinanced our preferred equity at a lower rate, and continued to refine and focus our portfolio by selling nearly $100 million of non-core assets." Mr. Decker continued, "These accomplishments are a testament to our team's strength, and I am grateful for all their hard work. Closing on the sale of our medical office properties will mark a significant milestone for IRET and is the final component necessary to transform us into a focused multifamily company."
Medical Office Portfolio Sale
IRET entered into an agreement to sell its medical office portfolio for $417.5 million. The properties, representing approximately 1.3 million square feet, include the Company's entire healthcare portfolio, consisting of 28 healthcare properties and one other commercial property occupied by a healthcare tenant. The agreement is subject to the satisfaction of customary contingencies, and, if those contingencies are satisfied, the Company anticipates the sale to close by the end of January 2018.
Non-Core Asset Sales
Additionally, since the end of its fiscal first quarter in July, IRET sold 22 other non-core properties for an aggregate sale price of $98.8 million, which includes the Company's final two senior housing properties, marking IRET's full exit from that segment, as well as three industrial assets and one healthcare asset located in the Twin Cities.
Inaugural Acquisition in Targeted Denver Market
In conjunction with its ongoing disposition of non-core assets and strategic goal of growing its multifamily asset base in Top-25 MSAs, IRET entered the Denver, Colorado, market by acquiring Dylan Apartments for $90.6 million. The 274-unit apartment community, completed in 2016, is located in the fast-growing River North Art District (RiNo) and offers modern-style flats, which are designed with contemporary luxuries mixed with a tribute to the area's industrial beginnings.
Balance Sheet Enhancements
Finally, IRET recently expanded its unsecured, syndicated revolving credit facility with commitments now totaling $300 million, an increase of $50 million from prior commitments. In addition, the Company closed a $70 million unsecured term loan that matures in 2023. These financing activities come on the heels of IRET's previously-announced issuance of 6.625% Series C preferred shares and redemption of 7.95% Series B preferred shares. Together, these capital market transactions increase the strength and flexibility of IRET's balance sheet and enhance its available liquidity.
IRET focuses on the acquisition, development, redevelopment and management of multifamily communities located primarily in select growth markets. As of July 31, 2017, IRET owned interests in 130 properties that were held for investment, including 88 multifamily properties consisting of 13,076 units and 42 commercial properties, which includes 29 healthcare properties, containing a total of approximately 2.6 million square feet of leasable space. IRET's common shares and Series C preferred shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbols: IRET and IRET PRC, respectively). IRET's press releases and supplemental information are available on its website at www.iretapartments.com or by calling Investor Relations at 701-837-7104.
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