W. P. Carey Announces First Transaction in Japan
$55 Million Acquisition of Assets Leased to Wanbishi Archives Co., Ltd.
Dec 12, 2012
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), announced today that CPA®:17 - Global, one of its publicly held non-traded REIT affiliates, and a subsidiary of W. P. Carey have acquired a warehouse and distribution center as well as the 32 acres of land under the two adjacent buildings and the surrounding site that comprise a document/media storage campus located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The two facilities acquired are leased to Wanbishi Archives Co., Ltd. ("Wanbishi"). The purchase price for the land and two buildings was approximately $55 million. Financing was provided through a mortgage with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance. Wanbishi is the largest information/document management company in Japan.
The facilities and land acquired are part of the Wanbishi Kanto No. 5 document/media storage campus located in the Osato District, Saitama Prefecture. The site is approximately 50 miles north of Tokyo, located along the Kanetsu Expressway, the main expressway to Tokyo. The facility is strategically located at a distance from central Tokyo, providing protection of information assets of clients with offices in Tokyo. The campus, which is the second largest information center Wanbishi operates, serves financial services firms and government agencies.
W. P. Carey President and CEO Trevor Bond commented, "The transaction with Wanbishi allows us to expand our global footprint into Japan while adhering to our established investment parameters. The critical factor for us, when investing in any country, is to identify and secure attractive investments that incorporate the longer term, risk-adjusted income-generating characteristics of our investments in other parts of the world while increasing the overall diversity of our global portfolio. Given Wanbishi's operating history and position in the growing Japanese information asset management business, the company's profile is consistent with the type of credit worthy tenant that W. P. Carey has traditionally sought out, both domestically and in international markets."
Commenting on the acquisition, W. P. Carey Managing Director and Head of Asian Investments Grace Shui noted, "Our strategy in Asia has been based on forming relationships with established companies with whom we can align ourselves to secure solid opportunities for our investors. The acquisition of the Wanbishi assets and land encompassed by the Kanto Center 5 supports our goal of acquiring critical operating assets leased to solid companies."
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W. P. Carey Inc. is a publicly traded REIT (NYSE: WPC) that provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies worldwide and manages an investment portfolio of approximately $12.7 billion. W. P. Carey Inc. is the successor to W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, which had its origins in 1973. The largest owner/manager of net lease assets, our corporate finance focused credit and real estate underwriting process is a constant that has been successfully leveraged across a wide variety of industries and property types. Our portfolio of long-term leases with creditworthy tenants has an established history of generating stable cash flows that have enabled us to deliver consistent and rising dividend income to investors for nearly four decades. www.wpcarey.com
Wanbishi, established in 1966, is a market leader in information asset management and support services in Japan, including storage of paper documents and digital data, data destruction and recycling, consulting, and outsourcing of document management and disaster recovery, among other information management services. Wanbishi provides various information asset management solutions to approximately 4,000 customers in Japan, mainly large enterprises such as financial firms and government offices. Wanbishi is 100% subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corporation (TYO;6201)
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