June 3rd, 2013
Ivanhoé Cambridge continues to deploy its growth strategy in the United States with the acquisition of a 100% interest in the Wells Fargo Center, a 47-storey, Class A, office tower with 91,400 m2 (983,600 ft2) of leasable space. The Company's investment of approximately US$390 million brings Ivanhoé Cambridge's share of leasable Class A space in Seattle's financial district to nearly 8%.
"This acquisition, an excellent investment opportunity brought to our attention through our partner, Callahan Capital Properties, contributes to our strategy aimed at building a national platform of assets comprised of superior-quality office buildings that are well located in the U.S.," said Daniel Fournier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoé Cambridge. "We are especially proud to have been able to execute this transaction efficiently within a short timeframe."
Located at 999 Third Avenue, Wells Fargo Center is among downtown Seattle's showcase real estate assets and one of the city's tallest skyscrapers. It features excellent energy-management and environmental systems, with LEED® Gold certification and a very high Energy Star rating. It also provides exceptional views over Elliott Bay, the mountains and the city.
"Wells Fargo Center provides the opportunity to create significant value, while enabling us to grow our presence in the financial district of a city that serves as a major continental gateway and whose economic indicators are very encouraging," emphasized Adam Adamakakis, Executive Vice President, Investments, Ivanhoé Cambridge. "We are excited to be active again in the Seattle market with this acquisition as part of the venture we formed late last year with Callahan Capital Properties. This reinforces our intent to build a national office platform together in a strategic manner."
Wells Fargo Center's space is in addition to the 87,700 m2 (943,600 ft2) of leasable area at the U.S. Bank Centre, also located in Seattle's financial district and in which Ivanhoé Cambridge has a 50% ownership interest.
About Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ivanhoé Cambridge leverages its high-level expertise in all aspects of real estate including investment, development, asset management, leasing and operations, to deliver optimal returns for its investors. Its assets, held through multiple subsidiaries and located mainly in Canada, the United States, Europe, Brazil and Asia, totalled more than Cdn$40 billion as at December 31, 2013. Its portfolio consists mainly of shopping centres, office and multiresidential properties. Ivanhoé Cambridge is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (lacaisse.com), one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers. For more information: ivanhoecambridge.com.
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