Acquired, along with Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners (BSREP), all of the outstanding equity of Thakral Holdings Group. Thakral is an Australian public real estate company with a portfolio of hotels, retail and commercial properties including a prime commercial office development site above Sydney's Wynyard Station transit hub. Brookfield Office Properties' equity interest in the entity is approximately 41% with a total investment of $140 million.
Acquired additional 37.5% interest in the 100 Bishopsgate development site in the City of London for approximately £ 47 million. This purchase brings Brookfield's interest in the project to 87.5%. 100 Bishopsgate is a 950,000-square-foot office tower in planning in central London.
Kicked off development at Manhattan West, New York and Bay Adelaide Centre East, Toronto. Construction commenced on the 2.6-acre platform at the company's 5-million-square-foot mixed-use project on Manhattan's west side; financing for the platform was secured with a $340 million loan from a consortium of banks subsequent to the fourth quarter. Construction also commenced at Bay Adelaide Centre East in Toronto, a 980,000-square-foot office tower anchored by lead tenant Deloitte with a targeted completion at the end 2015.
Won NAREIT's 'Leader in the Light' 2012 award in the "Large Cap Office" category for superior and sustained portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives.
Brookfield Office Properties announced full-year 2013 diluted funds from operations guidance in the range of $1.16 to $1.20 per share, with a mid-point of $670 million or $1.18 per share. The primary assumptions used for the mid-point of this guidance range are:
•An increase in same-store commercial property net operating income of 3% in 2013, excluding Brookfield Place New York; •A decrease in occupancy from 92.0% to 91.0% by year-end 2013; •An exchange rate that assumes a stronger Canadian dollar at $0.98 to US$1.00, a stronger Australian dollar at $0.95 to US$1.00, and a stronger British pound sterling at £ 0.62 to US$1.00; •No acquisitions other than completing the purchase of the two operating assets in London acquired from Hammerson on June 30; •Dispositions totaling net proceeds of approximately $105 million, which are expected to be sold in the first half of the year (including RBC Plaza); and •$25 million of lease termination and debt repurchase gains.
The Board of Directors of Brookfield Office Properties declared a quarterly common share dividend of $0.14 per share payable on March 29, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2013. Shareholders resident in the United States will receive payment in U.S. dollars and shareholders resident in Canada will receive their dividends in Canadian dollars at the exchange rate on the record date, unless they elect otherwise. Common shareholders have the option to participate in the company's Dividend Reinvestment Program, in which all or a portion of cash dividends can be automatically reinvested in common shares. The quarterly dividends payable for the Class AAA Series G, H, J, K, L, N, P, R and T preferred shares were also declared payable on March 29, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2013.
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