Slate Office REIT (TSX: SOT.UN) (the "REIT"), an owner and operator of North American office real estate, announced today the completion of a 10-year lease renewal with a government tenant for over 100,000 square feet in Atlantic Canada.
“We are pleased to report this significant long-term lease renewal with one of our key government tenants. This is an excellent outcome that further enhances the durability of the REIT’s income and supports our net asset value,” said Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer of Slate Office REIT. “This transaction highlights the improving market fundamentals in Atlantic Canada and is reflective of the long-term commitment to office we are seeing from tenants across our portfolio.”
- The Province of New Brunswick is a key tenant and represents 35% of the gross leasable area at Kings Place in Fredericton
- Completed with a rental rate increase that is consistent with other increases the REIT has seen across its portfolio
- Increases the REIT’s weighted average lease term (“WALT”) in Atlantic Canada to 5.8 years from 5.2 years
- Increases the REIT’s WALT for the total portfolio to 5.5 years from 5.3 years
About Slate Office REIT (TSX: SOT.UN)
Slate Office REIT is an owner and operator of North American office real estate. The REIT owns interests in and operates a portfolio of 34 strategic and well-located real estate assets across Canada's major population centres and includes two assets in downtown Chicago, Illinois. 60% of the REIT’s portfolio is comprised of government or credit rated tenants. The REIT acquires quality assets at a discount to replacement cost and creates value for unitholders by applying hands-on asset management strategies to grow rental revenue, extend lease term and increase occupancy. Visit slateofficereit.com to learn more.
About Slate Asset Management
Slate Asset Management is a leading real estate focused alternative investment platform with approximately $6.5 billion in assets under management. Slate is a value-oriented manager and a significant sponsor of all of its private and publicly traded investment vehicles, which are tailored to the unique goals and objectives of its investors. The firm's careful and selective investment approach creates long-term value with an emphasis on capital preservation and outsized returns. Slate is supported by exceptional people, flexible capital and a demonstrated ability to originate and execute on a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more.
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