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AvalonBay To Sell 80% Interest in Five Manhattan Apartment Communities

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Arlington, VA-based AvalonBay Communities Inc. has entered into an agreement to contribute its fee ownership of Avalon Morningside Park, Avalon Bowery Place I, and Avalon Bowery Place II, as well as its leasehold interest in Avalon West Chelsea and AVA High Line, to a newly formed joint venture with an institutional client of global real estate investment manager, Invesco Real Estate. In the deal, AvalonBay will retain a 20% interest and act as the managing member and property manager for the assets.

According to a prepared statement, the five communities contain 1,301 apartment homes and approximately 58,000 square feet of retail space in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The transaction is based on an aggregate asset valuation of approximately $760 million and is expected to close before the end of 2018.

The newly formed joint venture plans to utilize secured financing at a loan to value ratio of approximately 50%.

AvalonBay intends to use the estimated net proceeds of approximately $460 million from the transaction for general corporate purposes, which may include the acquisition, development and redevelopment of apartment communities.

Matt Birenbaum, AvalonBay’s Chief Investment Officer said, “This transaction brings us closer to achieving our long-term geographic portfolio allocation goals and allows us to maintain our brand and operating presence in Manhattan, while monetizing a significant portion of our investment in these assets.”

AvalonBay plans to update its full year 2018 Projected EPS, Projected FFO, Projected Core FFO and Established Communities’ revenue, operating expense and net operating income ranges to reflect the expected impacts of this transaction in its third quarter 2018 earnings release.