New York REIT Provides Business Update

Reaffirms Commitment to Strategic Initiatives

Enters Into Definitive Agreements for Sales of Two Non-Core Assets

Announces Decision to Suspend CFO Search Due to Strategic Process

Announces Change to Company's Board of Directors

Nov 16, 2015, 06:00 ET from New York REIT, Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New York REIT, Inc. ("NYRT" or the "Company") today provided a business update and reiterated its commitment to its ongoing strategic review process. As part of the business update, the Company announced the sale of two assets, the suspension of its search for a permanent CFO and a change to the Board of Directors.

Randolph C. Read, Chairman of New York REIT, commented, "The Company continues to make progress on its strategic initiatives as evidenced by the recent addition of two new independent directors. The process we have underway is robust and we are committed to maximizing value for all New York REIT stockholders."

The Company has entered into definitive agreements for the sales of 1623 Kings Highway in Brooklyn, New York, and 163-30 Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens, New York for $17.0 million and $12.6 million, respectively.  These sale amounts represent approximately $852 per square foot for 1623 Kings Highway and approximately $1,290 per square foot for 163-30 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Michael Happel, Chief Executive Officer and President of NYRT, said, "We are pleased to announce the completion of these two purchase and sale agreements in addition to the previously announced closing of 163 Washington Avenue.  We continue to receive considerable interest in our remaining two assets that we have for sale outside of Manhattan and are continuing to work with Cushman & Wakefield to pursue these opportunities."

The Company also announced today its decision to suspend its CFO search.  Nicholas Radesca will continue in his current capacity as Interim Chief Financial Officer as the Company moves forward with its strategic process. 

Mr. Happel commented, "We believe the decision to suspend the CFO search is prudent as we focus our efforts on the strategic initiatives which we think will generate maximum long-term stockholder value."

The Company also announced that Marc Rowan has resigned from NYRT's Board of Directors, effective November 13, 2015.  Following this change, the Company's Board of Directors consists of six members, five of which are independent.

"We are sorry to see Marc leave our Board as I have known him personally for many years and value his perspectives," commented Mr. Read. "Of course, we certainly understand his decision and wish him all the best. We remain focused on realizing long-term stockholder value and Marc's decision does not alter our commitment to seeing our previously announced strategic initiatives through to completion."

"With the appointment of two new independent directors and the recent announcement terminating the transaction between AR Capital and Apollo Global Management, I decided it is the appropriate time to step off the Board," Mr. Rowan said. "I wish the team well as they continue their strategic process."

About NYRT
NYRT is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE that acquires income-producing commercial real estate, including office and retail properties, in New York City. Additional information about NYRT can be found on its website at NYRT may disseminate important information regarding it and its operations, including financial information, through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Michael A. Happel

CEO and President

New York REIT, Inc.

(212) 415-6500



Andrew G. Backman

Managing Director

Investor Relations /

Public Relations  

(212) 415-6500


Jonathan Keehner

Mahmoud Siddig

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

(212) 355-4449


SOURCE New York REIT, Inc.