BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO), TIAA-CREF, and APG today announced the completion of the sale of a 49.9 percent interest in International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.) to a joint venture that is 51 percent owned by TIAA-CREF and 49 percent owned by APG. The $499 million purchase price for the 49.9 percent interest in the center consists of $337 million of cash and approximately $162 million of beneficial interest in debt. Proceeds will be used to pay off Taubman's loan on Stony Point Fashion Park (Richmond, Va.) and for general corporate purposes.
TIAA-CREF and APG's joint venture targets dominant super-regional malls located in major U.S. markets – generally those within the top quartile of super-regional mall assets – through joint venture acquisitions with major mall operators.
"TIAA-CREF continues to seek opportunities in regional retail properties with strong income streams as part of a well-diversified real estate portfolio," said Phil McAndrews, managing director, TIAA-CREF. "We believe opportunities to invest in high quality assets with experienced operators are attractive for our investors over the long term."
"The acquisition of an interest in this market–leading asset is a compelling addition to the super-regional mall portfolio that APG has assembled globally," said Steven Hason, managing director and co-head of Americas Real Estate at APG Asset Management US. "We look forward to participating in the ownership and continued success of International Plaza."
"We're delighted to align ourselves with two great institutional partners," said Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers. "This transaction strengthens our balance sheet and highlights the extraordinary growth of this powerhouse asset."
International Plaza is located adjacent to the Tampa International Airport, at the center of the Tampa metroplex. The 1,202,000 square foot center, which opened in September 2001, is anchored by Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Taubman will continue to lease and manage the center.
The seller was represented by Eastdil Secured, LLC.
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 28 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman's U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla.; The Mall of San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico; International Market Place in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii and shopping malls in Xi'an and Zhengzhou, China and Hanam, South Korea. Taubman Centers is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Taubman Asia, the platform for Taubman Centers' expansion into China and South Korea, is headquartered in Hong Kong. Founded in 1950, Taubman has more than 60 years of experience in the shopping center industry. For more information about Taubman, visit www.taubman.com.
TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org) is a national financial services organization with $564 billion in assets under management (as of 12/31/2013) and is the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.
TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC and Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., members FINRA, distribute securities products.
APG is a Dutch pension services provider in the collective pensions market providing pension fund administration, asset management, management support and communication services to pension funds in the Netherlands. For these pension funds and their 4.5 million active and retired participants from the public and private sectors representing over 30% of all collective pension schemes in the Netherlands, APG Asset Management manages pension assets totaling about €345 billion as of 31 December 2013.
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