Press Release

Seritage Growth Properties Announces Leasing and Development Activity

Company Release - 1/17/2017 6:45 AM ET

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) (the “Company”), a national owner of 266 retail properties totaling over 42 million square feet of gross leasable area (“GLA”), today provided an update on the Company’s leasing and development activity as of December 31, 2016.

Leasing and Development Highlights:

  • Signed new leases totaling 2.2 million square feet since the Company’s formation, including 890,000 square feet during the fourth quarter of 2016
    • Increased third-party rental income by $41 million, or approximately 94%, since the Company’s formation
    • New rents at 4.4x prior rents upon releasing, with new average rent of $18.62 PSF compared to $4.20 PSF for space currently or formerly occupied by Sears Holdings Corporation (“Sears Holdings”)
  • Completed or commenced 48 wholly-owned redevelopment projects with projected cost of over $460 million since the Company’s formation, including eight new projects commenced in the fourth quarter of 2016
    • Projected incremental returns of approximately 12% on 33 new projects initiated solely on the Seritage platform with projected cost of $400 million
  • Initiated recapture of iconic Sears building in downtown Santa Monica for redevelopment during the fourth quarter of 2016

“We further accelerated our leasing and redevelopment momentum in the fourth quarter, ending the full year 2016 with over 2.2 million square feet leased to new retailers at an average rental spread of 4.4 times, and with $460 million of projects completed or commenced,” said Benjamin Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our pipeline of activity, across our full range of geographies and asset types, continues to expand, presenting increasing opportunities to unlock significant value for shareholders upon re-tenanting and redevelopment. We are also excited to commence a series of our larger scale projects in 2017, including our planned redevelopment of the Sears store in Santa Monica, California into a premier shopping, dining and office destination.”

Leasing Update

Since inception, the Company has signed new leases totaling over 2.2 million square feet at an average base rent of $18.55 PSF. The releasing spread for space currently or formerly occupied by Sears Holdings was 4.4x (from $4.20 PSF to $18.62 PSF) across 2.0 million square feet on a same-space basis.

A summary of the Company’s leasing activity by quarter, inclusive of joint venture properties, is presented below:

  ($ in thousands)
    Total     Release of Sears Holdings Space
  Square   Annual     Square   Annual     Releasing
  Quarter   Leases Feet Base Rent Rent PSF Leases Feet Base Rent Rent PSF Spread
Q4 2015 9 153,540 $4,630 $30.13 6 129,900 $3,800 $29.25 4.4x
Q1 2016 7 214,380 6,990 32.60 7 214,380 6,990 32.60 5.7x
Q2 2016 15 422,330 7,240 17.15 13 362,900 6,440 17.75 4.7x
Q3 2016 14 543,480 7,470 13.74 12 456,150 6,250 13.70 4.0x
Q4 2016 29 890,350 14,930 16.77 27 847,940 13,960 16.46 3.9x
74 2,224,080 $41,260 $18.55 65 2,011,270 $37,440 $18.62 4.4x

Development Update

During the three months ended December 31, 2016, the Company commenced eight new projects representing an estimated total investment of approximately $112.7 million. In total, including projects commenced prior to the Company’s formation, the Company has completed or commenced 48 projects representing an estimated total investment of approximately $463.0 million.

Below is a summary of the Company’s development activity within its wholly-owned portfolio, presented as project announcements per quarter:

($ in thousands)       Total Est.   Total Est.          


Development Project Projected Annual Income (2) Incremental
Quarter Projects


Cost (1) Cost (1) Total Existing Incremental Yield (3)

Acquired (4)

15 $63,600 $63,600
Q4 2015 5 352,200 51,500 64,200 $10,000 $2,100 $7,900 12.0% - 13.0%
Q1 2016 5 273,200 50,000 50,000 10,200 3,600 6,600 13.0% - 14.0%
Q2 2016 5 383,300 58,000 58,300 9,900 3,100 6,800 11.0% - 12.0%
Q3 2016 10 996,900 111,700 114,000 18,200 6,700 11,500 10.0% - 11.0%
Q4 2016 8 680,500 106,100 112,700 21,400 5,500 15,900 14.0% - 15.0%
48 2,686,100 $440,900 $462,800 $69,700 $21,000 $48,700 12.0% - 13.0%
(1)   Total estimated development costs exclude, and total estimated project costs include, termination fees to recapture 100% of certain properties.
(2) Projected annual income includes assumptions on stabilized rents to be achieved for space under redevelopment. There can be no assurance that stabilized rent targets will be achieved.
(3) Projected incremental annual income divided by total estimated project costs.
(4) Projects were in various stages of development when acquired by the Company in July 2015. Capital to complete projects was reserved at the closing of the acquisition.

Santa Monica

During the fourth quarter the Company submitted a recapture notice to Sears Holdings for 100% of the space at the Company’s property in Santa Monica, CA. One of the Company’s premier redevelopment opportunities, the freestanding property is located across the street from the new Metro Rail station and two blocks from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier. The planned redevelopment will transform the existing building into a vibrant, mixed-use destination of retail, restaurants, and creative office space.

The Company will provide additional details on its development and leasing activity when it releases fourth quarter and full year 2016 operating and financial results.

About Seritage Growth Properties

Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed retail REIT with 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 joint venture properties totaling over 42 million square feet across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Pursuant to a master lease, 220 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At several properties, third party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 15 properties are leased entirely to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 31 properties through joint venture investments with General Growth Properties, Simon Property Group and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and conditions may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Seritage undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

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