Great locations in high barrier-to-entry markets create opportunity to enhance value and capital position
Philadelphia, PA, May 21, 2018 – PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today highlighted value in its high-quality portfolio concentrated in top markets. This is the next step in the evolution of the Company’s strategy to create remarkable and innovative environments, with retail at the core, tailored to the dynamic communities they serve. Over the past several years, the Company has continued to improve the quality of its portfolio through the disposition of low-productivity malls as well as an active remerchandising, redevelopment and anchor repositioning program. The result of this effort is a portfolio that boasts 10 of 22 properties in Top 10 MSAs and strong demographic profiles.
These great locations in high barrier-to-entry markets pave the way for the opportunity to revolutionize PREIT’s platform through densification opportunities inclusive of 5,000 – 7,000 residential units in the Philadelphia and Washington DC markets and 1,500-3,000 hotel units across a dozen properties.
The densification of PREIT’s assets is a great opportunity to continue to evolve our model, adding value and customers, while enhancing our capital position and diversifying our income stream. This is a natural next step in our continuous portfolio improvement and value creation endeavor, as we fortify our properties with new anchors and a compelling mix of first-to-market retail and experiential concepts offering new discoveries for consumers within our markets.
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets. PREIT’s robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the densely-populated eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed herein and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.