WashREIT Completes Office Portfolio Sale
Continues to Progress Multifamily Transformation and Planned Southeast Expansion
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WashREIT (NYSE: WRE) has completed the previously announced sale of 12 office assets, representing the entire office portfolio excluding Watergate 600, for gross proceeds of $766 million. WashREIT plans to use the net proceeds of the sale to fund the expansion of its multifamily platform and to reduce leverage by repaying outstanding debt, starting with the redemption of all $300 million of senior unsecured notes due 2022 on or about August 26, 2021 in accordance with their terms. Additional progress on its multifamily transformation and expansion into targeted Southeastern markets will be discussed during the company’s second quarter earnings call on July 30, 2021.
“The successful sale of our office portfolio represents a significant milestone in our multi-year strategic transformation into a multifamily REIT,” said Paul T. McDermott, President and CEO of WashREIT. “We are pleased with the execution of this sale, which provides significant capital to continue our growth as we geographically diversify into targeted Southeastern markets.”
WashREIT owns and operates uniquely positioned real estate assets in the Washington D.C. market. Backed by decades of experience, expertise and ambition, we create value by transforming insights into strategy and strategy into action. Our portfolio includes approximately 7,059 multifamily apartment units and 1 million square feet of commercial space. Our shares trade on the NYSE and our company currently has an enterprise value of approximately $3 billion. With a track record of driving returns and delivering satisfaction, we are a trusted authority in one of the nation's most competitive real estate markets.
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Contact: Amy Hopkins
Released July 26, 2021