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Signs 80,000 Square-Foot Lease with Major Media Company, Delivers Final Two-Thirds of Kilroy Oyster Point Phase 1 and Sells San Diego Office Property for $37 Million
LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, "Kilroy") today said its strategic focus on creating a young, contemporary and sustainable portfolio of office, life science and residential properties in high growth Western and Southwestern markets continued to pay dividends in 2021, as the company nears year-end with additional achievements in leasing, development and capital allocation.
Leasing / Operations
In November, Kilroy signed an eight-year agreement with a major media company for 80,000 square feet in Los Angeles.
Year to date office and life science leasing now totals more than 1.1 million square feet, 70% of which were with new tenants. Average GAAP and cash rents on these transactions were 22% and 8% higher than the prior leases, respectively.
With its strong, consistent leasing performance, Kilroy is entering the new year with average lease expirations of approximately 7.5% annually through 2025.
The average age of Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio was 11 years, substantially younger than the company’s peer average of 30.
In late November, Kilroy delivered the remaining 421,000 square feet of office space across two buildings at its Kilroy Oyster Point Phase 1 development project, located in South San Francisco, to fintech giant Stripe. The first building was delivered to Cytokinetics at the end of September. The entire Phase 1 project, a $570 million investment totaling 656,000 square feet across three buildings, was fully leased within two quarters of the project’s commencement.
Over the course of 2021, Kilroy added more than $1 billion of new development to the stabilized portfolio and commenced construction on more than $1 billion of new development and redevelopment projects.
Included among the deliveries was The Jardine, a 193-unit, luxury residential tower in Hollywood that was completed in April and is currently just under 75% leased. The company now has a total of 1,000 residential units that are approximately 90% leased.
In December, Kilroy completed the sale of its 103,000 square-foot Sabre Springs office buildings, located on the I-15 Corridor in North San Diego County, for $37 million, in an unsolicited transaction.
The disposition was the last of more than $2 billion in acquisition and disposition transactions the company completed during 2021.
In March, Kilroy sold its recently constructed, fully leased, 750,000 square-foot office campus, The Exchange on 16th, for $1.08 billion. The company redeployed that capital into five off-market transactions, including both operating properties and sites for future development.
Among these transactions was the acquisition of Indeed Tower, a newly constructed 734,000 square-foot office tower located in the central business district of Austin, Texas, marking Kilroy’s entry into the Southwest region.
Sustainability and Wellness
The company remains the industry leader in sustainability as measured by accredited organizations and ranking systems, including the GRESB 2021 Real Estate Assessment, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Top 100 List of the largest green power users.
Kilroy’s portfolio also earned the distinction of encompassing more designated Fitwel buildings than any other organization outside of the U.S. Government.
"In a year marked by uncertainty and dramatic change, we have worked very hard to keep our eye on the ball and execute our strategic initiatives," said John Kilroy, Chairman and CEO of Kilroy. "We have expanded into a new, high growth market and we have substantially broadened our life science platform. We have enhanced the value of our existing portfolio and have capitalized on its value in a disciplined fashion to redeploy capital into new, higher value opportunities. We have maintained a strong balance sheet. And we have remained deeply committed to leadership in sustainability."
About Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, the "company", "Kilroy") is a leading U.S. landlord and developer, with operations in San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and Austin, Texas. The company has earned global recognition for sustainability, building operations, innovation and design. As pioneers and innovators in the creation of a more sustainable real estate industry, the company’s approach to modern business environments helps drive creativity and productivity for some of the world’s leading technology, entertainment, life science and business services companies.
The company is a publicly traded real estate investment trust ("REIT") and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index with more than seven decades of experience developing, acquiring and managing office, life science and mixed-use projects.
As of September 30, 2021, Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 15.2 million square feet of primarily office and life science space that was 91.5% occupied and 93.9% leased. The company also had more than 1,000 residential units in Hollywood and San Diego, which had a quarterly average occupancy of 79.9%. In addition, the company had six in-process development projects with an estimated total investment of $2.6 billion, totaling approximately 3.0 million square feet of office and life science space.
A Leader in Sustainability and Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
The company is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and has been recognized by industry organizations around the world. The company’s stabilized portfolio was 78% LEED certified, 44% Fitwel certified, the highest of any non-government organization, and 72% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified as of September 30, 2021.
The company has been recognized by GRESB as the listed sustainability leader in the Americas for eight of the last nine years. Other honors have included the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s (NAREIT) Leader in the Light award for eight consecutive years and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for eight years as well as ENERGY STAR’s highest honor of Sustained Excellence, for the past six years.
A big part of the company’s foundation is its commitment to enhancing employee growth, satisfaction and wellness while maintaining a diverse and thriving culture. For the second year in a row, the company has been named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index—recognizing companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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