Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Acquires 480-Unit Apartment Property in Atlanta, GA
New York, NY (October 20, 2016) – Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BRG) (“BRG”, the “REIT” or the “Company”) announced today that it has acquired the 480-unit multifamily Nevadan Apartments (the “Nevadan”) in Atlanta, Georgia. The Company acquired the property through a joint venture for a total purchase price of approximately $68.25 million, or approximately $142,188 per residential unit.
The acquisition is projected to yield a stabilized pro forma cap rate of approximately 6.5% on execution of the Company’s Value-Add upgrade strategy, which compares favorably to estimated market cap rates of 4.75% – 5.25% for comparable assets.
BRG invested 90% of the venture’s equity requirement, or approximately $23 million, with an affiliate of the Carroll Organization investing the balance for a 10% stake in the venture. The transaction, which was sourced off market, was further capitalized with a senior loan in the amount of approximately $48 million.
The Nevadan, which was built in 1990, features one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging nearly 1,100 square feet. It is located within Perimeter Center, one of Atlanta’s fastest growing employment submarkets, and features a large clubhouse as well as a resort style swimming pool, poolside grill/lounge, 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts and underground parking.
The property benefits from close proximity to I-285 and GA-400, which provide easy access to employment nodes throughout the city. Three major hospitals, known collectively as ‘‘Pill Hill,’’ are five to seven minutes’ driving distance from the property and provide approximately 15,000 jobs. An added 9,000 jobs are being created within 3 miles of the property as State Farm and Mercedes-Benz establish new headquarters in Perimeter Center.
“We see significant upside potential for this property and believe it to be a strong addition to the portfolio. The property has good, intrinsic value, while the Perimeter Center submarket and the larger Atlanta MSA show much promise for the coming years. Our ability to source this property at a favorable cost basis makes it possible for us to bring a strong product to market at competitive rents,” said Ramin Kamfar, Chairman and CEO of BRG.
About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on acquiring a diversified portfolio of Class A institutional-quality apartment properties in demographically attractive growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company’s objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through improvements to operations and properties. BRG generally invests with strategic regional partners, including some of the best-regarded, private owner-operators in the United States, making it possible to operate as a local sharpshooter in each of its markets while enhancing off-market sourcing capabilities. The Company is included in the Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 Indexes. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For more information, please visit our website at: www.bluerockresidential.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s present expectations, but these statements are not guaranteed to occur. Furthermore, the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. Investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements. For further discussion of the factors that could affect outcomes, please refer to the risk factors set forth in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 24, 2016, and subsequent filings by the Company with the SEC. We claim the safe harbor protection for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.