ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PKY) announced today the purchase of Tempe Gateway, a 264,000 square foot office tower located in the Tempe submarket of Phoenix, Arizona, for a purchase price of $66.1 million. Tempe Gateway was built in 2009 and is currently 73.9% occupied. The property is expected to generate a 2013 estimated cash net operating income yield of approximately 5.0%. The Company does not plan to place a secured first mortgage on the property at this time. With this purchase, Parkway owns 788,000 square feet in the Tempe submarket of Phoenix.
James R. Heistand, Parkway's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We have seen strong leasing demand and positive rental rate growth at our other assets in this growing submarket, and we are delighted to expand our presence in Tempe with this value-add investment."
Other Investment Activity
On December 31, 2012, Parkway completed the previously announced purchase of NASCAR Plaza for approximately $100 million. NASCAR Plaza was built in 2009 and is a 20-story, LEED® Silver certified office tower. Parkway assumed the first mortgage secured by the property, which has a current outstanding balance of approximately $42.3 million with a current interest rate of 4.7% and a maturity date of March 30, 2016; however, Parkway intends to amend and restate the loan to current market terms.
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 38 office properties located in nine states with an aggregate of approximately 10.0 million square feet of leasable space at November 1, 2012. Fee-based real estate services are offered through wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, which in total manage and/or lease approximately 11.6 million square feet for third-party owners at November 1, 2012.
Forward Looking Statement
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Thomas E. Blalock
Vice President of Investor Relations
SOURCE Parkway Properties, Inc.