BIRMINGHAM, AL - Colonial Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), announced continued progress in simplifying its business and extending its debt maturities. The Company exited two single asset multifamily joint ventures with funds managed by DRA Advisors LLC (DRA) totaling 664 units, in which the Company had a 20% ownership interest.
Source: Colonial Properties Trust
Pursuant to the transaction, which closed June 30, the Company transferred its 20% ownership interest in Colonial Village at Cary and made a net cash payment of $2.7 million in exchange for DRA's 80% ownership in the 345-unit Colonial Grand at Riverchase Trails located in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, the Company paid off the $19.3 million loan securing Colonial Grand at Riverchase Trails in which the Company now owns 100%. The loan was set to mature in October 2010. DRA now owns 100% of the 319-unit Colonial Village at Cary located in Raleigh, North Carolina and they assumed the existing secured mortgage. The Company will continue to manage Colonial Village at Cary pursuant to an existing management agreement. The acquisition was funded by borrowings on the Company's unsecured line of credit and proceeds from common stock issuances through the Company's at-the-market equity program.
The Company also closed $73.2 million of secured financings originated by Berkadia Commerical Mortgage LLC for repurchase by Fannie Mae. The financings are collateralized by three multifamily properties and have a 10-year term that carries an interest rate of 5.02%. Proceeds from the financings were used to pay down outstanding borrowings on the Company's unsecured line of credit.
Thomas H. Lowder, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, noted, "These transactions highlight our commitment and success in simplifying the business and extending our debt maturities. Both initiatives are top priorities for us, and we will continue to execute on our 2010 initiatives throughout the year."
Colonial Properties Trust is a REIT that creates value for its shareholders through a multifamily focused portfolio and the management and development of select commercial assets in the Sunbelt region of the United States. As of March 31, 2010, the company owned or managed 34,230 apartment units, 17.8 million square feet of commercial space. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Colonial Properties Trust is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CLP and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.