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Atlanta, Jan. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE: PDM) announced today that during the fourth quarter of 2018 the Company entered into a binding contract for the sale of a 334,000 square foot asset in Washington, D.C. This transaction is in addition to two previously disclosed acquisitions and the sale of one property during the quarter.
Piedmont also reported that the Company completed a total of 1.6 million square feet of leasing during the year, with approximately 256,000 square feet of leasing executed during the fourth quarter, and that the leased percentage for its in-service portfolio had increased to 93.3% as of yearend.
Previously reported transactional activity during the fourth quarter included the following:
In addition to the capital transactions above, the Company entered into a binding, non-refundable contract to sell the One Independence Square building located in the Southwest sub-market of Washington, D.C, subject to customary closing conditions. The Company renovated the property in 2013, adding a rooftop deck, modern fitness facility and café, and has leased the building to 94% occupancy to multiple governmental tenants.The sale is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019 and follows the sale of the adjacent Two Independence Square building in 2017.
L easing highlights during the fourth quarter of 2018 included the following:
Discussing Piedmont’s results for the year and fourth quarter, Donald A. Miller, CFA, Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont, said, “I am very pleased with the accomplishments for the year and this quarter. At this point in the real estate cycle, we have been a net seller of assets, ...selling a total of fifteen properties totaling over 3.1 million square feet in 2018, with another significant asset ready for sale early in 2019. We have used the $400 million of net disposition proceeds to acquire three accretive, strategic assets; to restructure and strengthen our balance sheet; and to buy back our own stock at what we believe is a significant discount to net asset value. And through these transactions, we have exited several non-strategic markets.”
Commenting further on this year’s capital transactions and leasing results, C. Brent Smith, President and Chief Investment Officer stated, “The repositioning of our portfolio over the last few years is now substantially complete. Future capital transactions will focus upon refining our targeted markets where we have local expertise, a concentration of assets, strong corporate tenant leasing interest, and competitive advantages. Looking at our leasing, 2018 was a great year, growing overall occupancy between 2 and 3%, and building a strong pipeline of prospects for 2019. We have two large renewals in advanced stages that we hope to close in the first half of 2019, as well as, strong and consistent activity on much of our vacant space.”
About Piedmont Office Realty Trust:
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties located in eight major cities in the eastern half of the U.S. The almost $5 billion portfolio is comprised of approximately 17 million square feet of office space. The Company is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its major markets and is investment-grade rated by Standard & Poor's (BBB) and Moody's (Baa2). For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com.
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Company: Piedmont Office Realty Trust
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