CLEVELAND, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE:FCEA and FCEB) today announced the completion and partial closing of its previously announced joint ventures with QIC, one of the largest institutional investment managers in Australia, to recapitalize and invest in a portfolio of eight of Forest City's regional retail malls. Seven of the individual joint ventures closed on September 10 and the eighth is expected to close by the end of September.
The overall transaction values the portfolio at a total of $2.05 billion, representing a cap rate of approximately 5.75 percent on forecasted 2013 net operating income. Forest City expects to generate total liquidity of approximately $350 million, after transaction costs. Sales at the eight malls currently average approximately $500 per square foot, on a rolling 12-month basis.
"This strategic capital partnership with QIC is our largest such initiative to date, and an exciting opportunity to work with an experienced global investor to enhance these already strong retail centers," said David J. LaRue, Forest City president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to building a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship that creates value for both of our organizations."
Forest City plans to use a majority of the liquidity from the transaction to reduce debt, but also expects to use a portion to fund expansion, renovation and other reinvestment initiatives at a number of the malls.
The eight properties being joint ventured are Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Charleston Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia, Mall at Robinson near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Promenade in Temecula, California, Galleria at Sunset in Henderson, Nevada, Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale, California, Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia, and South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, California.
About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $10.7 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
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