Liberty Acquires D.C. Property - Analyst Blog

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Liberty Property Trust ( LRY ) recently acquired a property in Washington, D.C. for $133.5 million. The property - 2100 M Street NW - is a nearly 291,000 square feet, eight-story office building, which is currently 77% occupied with space available for lease of 66,366 square feet.

It has a premium location with a decent amenity base within a three-block radius. Also, it enjoys easy accessibility for being in close proximity with the Red and Orange/Blue Metro rail lines.

The property has retail tenants like The UPS Store of United Parcel Service Inc. ( UPS ) and M Street Store. Moreover, its office tenants are The Urban Institute, George Washington University, Stewart & Stewart, GSA-SSA.

The deal brings in leasable space to Liberty Property, whose current downtown properties are mostly occupied (99% leased). Moreover, it offers opportunities to redevelop and expand to a maximum of 415,000 square feet.

Last month, Liberty Property reported first-quarter 2013 FFO (funds from operations) of 65 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. The result was attributable to a consistent performance of the overall portfolio as well as strong leasing and development activities.

Liberty Property currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Two other REIT stocks that are performing well and deserve a look include CubeSmart ( CUBE ) and The Macerich Company ( MAC ), both carrying a Zacks Rank #2.

Note: Funds from operations, a widely accepted and reported measure of REITs performance, are derived by adding depreciation, amortization and other non-cash expenses to net income.



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