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Spirit MTA REIT Closes Asset Sale to HPT


Spirit MTA REIT recently revealed that the company has completed its previously revealed sale of assets to Hospitality Properties Trust. The company also successfully recovered all amounts owed under the Shopko B-1 Term Loan, and on September 12, 2019, closed on the sale of its PwC property for net proceeds of $1.9 million.

“We are very pleased to announce the completion of our transaction with HPT, the key step in our ongoing strategic process,” stated Ricardo Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMTA. “We will continue to market our remaining assets for sale, with the goal to maximize shareholder value promptly and in the most efficient manner. We look forward to completing the sale of our Academy asset soon, and thereafter in conjunction with our board will make distributions and begin our liquidation process.”

Rodriguez continued, “We thank the entire team at Spirit Realty Capital for their tireless effort along with that of our board of trustees and advisors who provided sage advice, which contributed to the successful transaction. We thank the team at HPT for a well-coordinated and collaborative effort. Importantly, we thank our investors who supported us with their capital along the way, and who approved this course of action for our company. We will continue communicating important milestones as they are reached in this ongoing process.”

In connection with the closing, all of the then-outstanding notes collateralized by the assets of the Company’s Master Trust 2014 were redeemed in full. In addition, we repurchased the $150 million of the Company’s preferred shares held by a subsidiary of Spirit Realty Capital Inc. The Company also terminated and paid the contractual termination fee of approximately $48.2 million under the Company’s existing asset management agreement with a subsidiary of Spirit. The Company has also called for redemption of all of the outstanding preferred shares of its SubREIT subsidiary. After taking into account the redemption of all preferred shares and termination payments, closing adjustments relating to the transaction with HPT, transfer and withholding taxes, and fees and other associated expenses with the sale, the Company received net proceeds of approximately $241 million from the HPT transaction.

Going forward, the Company (or the liquidating trust expected to be established) will receive management services in connection with its wind down from a subsidiary of Spirit under an interim asset management agreement. Under this agreement, SMTA will pay a significantly reduced annual fee of $1 million during an initial one-year term (increasing to $4 million for any annual renewal period thereafter), plus certain cost reimbursements. This agreement will be terminable at any time by SMTA (or the liquidating trust) and after the initial one year by Spirit, in each case without payment of a termination fee.

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