Sources say Forest City Realty Trust has restarted talks with Brookfield Asset Management to be acquired, following Forest City's decision in March to remain independent. The price is close to what was being discussed earlier this year, the sources say, which was in the range of $25 to $25.50 per share.
REITs should be able to withstand the pressure of rising interest rates because the economy is good and rate increases are expected to be slow. "If interest rates are increasing gradually, and are likely to remain at, or below, long-term averages, as is currently expected, real estate would likely be well positioned to benefit in such an environment," TH Real Estate's Melissa Reagen wrote in a Nuveen report.
S&P 500 real estate stocks fell 1.2% following the Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates last week. One implication is that REITs and their dividends look less attractive as Treasury yields rise.
REIT valuations look very attractive, which has resulted in rising merger and acquisition activity, says Laurel Durkay, portfolio manager at Cohen & Steers. J. Scott Craig, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance, expects that REIT fundamentals will stay steady for the remainder of 2018.
AvalonBay Communities is seeking a buyer for half of a $1.2 billion apartment portfolio in Manhattan, according to sources. The REIT wants to sell seven apartment buildings in neighborhoods such as Chelsea and Morningside Heights.
Easterly Government Properties is buying a 1.5 million-square-foot portfolio in various US states for $430 million. The transaction will increase the REIT's portfolio by 39% on a rentable square foot basis, says CEO William Trimble III.
Experiential concepts are driving new anchor development at CBL, where 70% of the company's first-quarter leasings were not apparel firms, CEO Stephen Lebovitz says. The company's fresh look at anchor tenants includes options such as theaters, entertainment spaces, American Girl, Ulta Beauty and sporting goods stores.
Structured Development, the developer behind the 76,000-square-foot proposed Sheridan Crossing development in North Chicago, Ill., has hired CBRE Group to handle the tenant search for the property. The goal is to include numerous types of tenants, such as a microbrewery, restaurants, organizations that use medical office space, a bowling alley and a grocer.
City-owned Tower Mall in Vancouver, Wash., is seeking solutions for redevelopment after the city purchased the property at auction in 2017. The city will determine what residents want from the 186,000-square-foot enclosed property; plans may include urban green space and mixed development in an urban village-style layout.