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A&B buys commercial properties from Kaneohe Ranch, Castle Foundation

Published On: Nov 20 2013 11:52:20 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 20 2013 01:10:14 PM HST


HONOLULU -

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire a portfolio of commercial properties in Hawaii from Kaneohe Ranch and the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation for $373 million.

That breaks down to $260 million of Kaneohe Ranch assets and $113 million of HKL Castle Foundation assets.

Click here to watch a report back in May that  the Pacific Business News predicted that A&B would buy the properties.

Kaneohe Ranch says it is selling substantially all of its Oahu land holdings.  The Harold K.L. Foundation says it is selling all of its properties to A&B.

Due diligence was completed on Tuesday and, subject to the satisfaction of normal closing conditions, the transaction is anticipated to close in late December.

The portfolio, which encompasses grocery- and drug store-anchored shopping centers, retail strip centers, light industrial properties and ground leases, is primarily located in the Windward Oahu town of Kailua.

The portfolio also includes about 585 acres of mostly preservation-zoned land in Kailua.  A&B will fund the purchase with proceeds from the planned sale of several commercial properties it owns on the Mainland, along with other tax-deferred 1031 proceeds.

"With this purchase, we will be acquiring one of the state’s largest and finest retail portfolios, in an excellent market. This is an opportunity that rarely arises in Hawaii, and our decision to purchase is a reflection of our confidence in and commitment to Hawaii’s future," said Stanley M. Kuriyama, A&B chairman and chief executive officer.  "This acquisition dramatically accelerates our strategy of migrating our Mainland portfolio to Hawaii, diversifies our holdings with a major investment in the Windward side of Oahu, and improves the quality of earnings from our overall commercial portfolio. We look forward to working with the Kailua community in meeting the community’s needs and building upon the successes achieved by Kaneohe Ranch and HKL Castle Foundation."

"We take a long-term perspective on our community development efforts and strive to work closely with communities to meet their changing needs," said Christopher J. Benjamin, A&B president and chief operating officer. "Kailua is a thriving and vibrant community, and we intend to partner with the community in maintaining the livability, desirability and beauty of Kailua town."

"The acquisition solidifies A&B’s position as the second largest retail owner in Hawaii," Benjamin added. "The portfolio includes 386,000 square feet of prime retail and light industrial space in the heart of Kailua, and over 50 acres improved with retail and other commercial centers that are ground leased to third-parties in Kailua and other parts of Windward Oahu and urban Honolulu. The retail portion of the portfolio comprises the majority of the grocery-anchored centers in Kailua, and includes the only Whole Foods store in Windward Oahu."

"When this transaction and the related Mainland property sales close, we will have shifted, in less than a year, approximately two-thirds of our Mainland net operating income to Hawaii, where we believe we are better able to leverage our local market knowledge," continued Benjamin.  "Eighty percent of our commercial portfolio net operating income will now come from Hawaii assets versus 42 percent at the beginning of 2013."

"I don’t believe we could have found a better buyer than Alexander & Baldwin," said Mitch D’Olier, Kaneohe Ranch president and CEO, and president of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. "A&B is such a respected kama'aina business institution with a similar history to that of the Castle family. They both grew from Island roots with a strong understanding of Island culture and a true, long-term commitment to improving Hawai'i. I know that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stanley Kuriyama, President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Benjamin and their team will be good stewards of this property, its businesses and tenants, because I've witnessed their careful and sensitive approach over many years."

The portfolio includes the following diversified and well-occupied mix of fully entitled commercial properties:
• Four grocery- and drug store-anchored centers comprising approximately 190,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA) on 13 acres of nearly-contiguous land in downtown Kailua. These centers are 98 percent occupied and anchored by Whole Foods, Longs/CVS Drugs, and Hawaii supermarket chains Foodland and Times Supermarket.
• Ten retail strip centers in Kailua comprising 102,000 square feet of GLA on 6 acres. These properties are 99 percent occupied.
• Eight light-industrial properties totaling 94,000 square feet of GLA on 4 acres in downtown Kailua, which are 98 percent occupied.
• Twenty-two properties, covering 51 acres, that are ground leased to third-parties and developed with a variety of commercial improvements. Thirteen of these ground leases (15 acres) are located in downtown Kailua and improved with 260,000 square feet of GLA, including a Safeway-anchored shopping center and a Macy’s department store. The remaining nine ground leases (36 acres) are located elsewhere in Windward Oahu and urban Honolulu, and are improved with 500,000 square feet of GLA, including three grocery-anchored shopping centers, one mixed-use office and retail center, and two auto dealerships.

The portfolio also includes 76 acres of agriculture-zoned land, and 509 acres of preservation-zoned land, in Kailua.

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