ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE : PKY ) announced today that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a portfolio of eight office properties totaling 1.0 million square feet located in the Deerwood submarket of Jacksonville, Florida (the "Deerwood Portfolio") for a purchase price of $130 million. The properties were developed in phases from 1996 through 2005 and are currently a combined 93.7% occupied with an average in place gross rent per square foot of $19.11.
James R. Heistand, Parkway's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We believe the Deerwood portfolio offers a stable, core investment with strong occupancy and a high-quality rent roll. The Deerwood submarket has been a targeted growth area for Parkway given its prime location and the many amenities it offers, attracting a multitude of institutional and strong credit tenants to the area. Parkway will have a critical mass in this submarket, owning approximately 29% of the total office inventory, which should provide us with operational efficiencies and leasing advantages. In addition, our attractive cost basis of $128 per square foot represents a significant discount to estimated replacement cost."
The Deerwood Portfolio is expected to generate an initial full-year cash net operating income yield of approximately 9%. Parkway will own 100% of the portfolio and plans to place secured financing on the properties simultaneous with closing totaling up to 65% of the purchase price. Parkway intends to fund the remaining equity using borrowings from its revolving credit facility. Closing is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter 2013 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including completion of satisfactory due diligence.
The Deerwood submarket is comprised of approximately 3.5 million square feet and has a direct vacancy rate of 9.7% as of December 31, 2012, according to CBRE.
Other Investment Activity
On January 17, 2013, Parkway completed the previously announced purchase of Tower Place 200, a 260,000 square foot office tower located in the Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia, for a purchase price of $56.0 million. Tower Place 200 was built in 1998 and is a 13-story, Class A office tower that shares a parking garage with Parkway's neighboring 3344 Peachtree asset. The building is approximately 82.9% occupied with an average in place gross rent per square foot of $26.37. Parkway owns 100% of the asset and does not plan to place secured financing on the property at this time.
About Parkway Properties
Parkway Properties, Inc., a member of the S&P Small Cap 600 Index, is a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership of quality office properties in higher-growth submarkets in the Sunbelt region of the United States. Parkway owns or has an interest in 43 office properties located in nine states with an aggregate of approximately 11.9 million square feet of leasable space at January 1, 2013. Fee-based real estate services are offered through wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, which in total manage and/or lease approximately 10.8 million square feet for third-party owners at January 1, 2013.
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Thomas E. Blalock
Vice President of Investor Relations
SOURCE Parkway Properties, Inc.