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PREI® acquires Miami's Sabadell Financial Center

Friday, April 19, 2013

PREI® acquires Miami's Sabadell Financial Center

12:06 EDT Friday, April 19, 2013

MIAMI (Business Wire) -- Prudential Real Estate Investors has acquired Sabadell Financial Center, a 30-story, Class-A office tower in Miami's Brickell Financial District. PREI®, acting on behalf of institutional investors in its flagship core open-end commingled fund, is the real estate investment management and advisory business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).

Known as “the Manhattan of the South,” Brickell has the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in Miami. The property, between Brickell Avenue and Brickell Bay Drive, offers tenants and visitors access to numerous public transportation links and a host of retail shops and restaurants. PREI's acquisition reflects its strategy to capture opportunities for investors created by the neighborhood's attributes.

PREI purchased the building, also known as 1111 Brickell, for $185 million from an affiliate of Spanish real estate firm Testa Inmuebles en Renta, S.A. The transaction closed on April 12. Sabadell Financial Center enjoys a reputation of being among Miami's most desirable and best located office buildings. PREI plans to enhance that standing through additional capital investments designed to attract new multinational and regional tenants while retaining existing occupants.

“With Miami growing in stature among the top business and financial hubs in the Americas, the timing was ripe for PREI's entrance into the Brickell market,” said Cathy Marcus, managing director at Prudential Real Estate Investors and senior portfolio manager for the firm's core open-ended equity commingled real estate strategy. “With a location in the sought-after Brickell district and an enviable tenant base, Sabadell Financial Center is a perfect fit with our investment strategy.”

Originally built in 2000, the 523,000 square-foot building is 85 percent leased to a mix of prominent financial services companies and major law firms. The building is connected to a 22-story JW Marriott Hotel, which is not part of the acquisition, but serves as a convenient amenity for the office tower.

Spearheading the leasing and marketing for Sabadell Financial Center is Blanca Commercial Real Estate, a Miami-based commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm.

PREI is a leader in the global real estate investment management business, offering a broad range of investment vehicles that invest in private and public market opportunities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Headquartered in Madison, N.J., PREI has other offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco, London, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo. In addition, PREI has representatives in Milan and is establishing a presence in Sydney (pending regulatory approval). As of December 31, 2012, PREI managed approximately $52.2 billion in gross real estate assets ($36 billion net) on behalf of more than 490 clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.prei.com.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with approximately $1.060 trillion of assets under management as of December 31, 2012, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit http://www.news.prudential.com/

Prudential
John Chartier, 973-802-9829
john.chartier@prudential.com

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