Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust Sells its JCPenney Distribution Center Portfolio for $557.2 Million
Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust (the “Trust”) announced today that it has sold its JCPenney Distribution Center Portfolio for $557.2 Million generating a blended disposition yield of 6.35% in an all-cash transaction.
The portfolio is comprised of six distribution centers aggregating 10.1 million square feet and currently generates annual base rent of approximately $35.4 million. The properties are subject to a long-term triple net master lease with JCPenney. The Trust sold the six distribution centers to National Industrial Portfolio Property Owner, LLC.
The net proceeds from the distribution center portfolio sale will be distributed to certificateholders along with any net proceeds generated from additional property sales in December 2021. The Trust plans to announce these distributions and its net cash provided by operations in its regular monthly report, scheduled for January 10, 2022.
Commenting on the sales, Neil Aaronson, Principal Executive Officer of the Trust stated, “We are very pleased with the sale of our distribution center portfolio, which was part of the Trust’s continuing effort to sell our properties to third-party purchasers subject to market conditions and the conditions set forth in the Trust’s trust agreement. We believe this sale is demonstrative of the strong underlying market conditions, as well as the market’s recognition of the strong performance of JC Penney post reorganization.” Mr. Aaronson concluded, “As the retail industry corrects, we continue to see strong interest in our remaining 149 retail assets.”
Hilco JCP, LLC, an affiliate of Hilco Real Estate, LLC and Manager of the Trust and Eastdil Secured represented the Trust in this transaction. Additional information on this sale and other pertinent details can be found on the Trust’s website, located at www.ctltrust.net.
About Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust
Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust (the “Trust”) was established to acquire 160 retail properties and 6 warehouse distribution centers (the “Properties”) from J.C. Penney as part of its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The Trust’s operations consist solely of owning, leasing and selling the Properties. The Trust’s objective is to sell the Properties to third-party purchasers as promptly as practicable. The Trustee of the trust is GLAS Trust Company LLC. The Trust is externally managed by an affiliate of Hilco Real Estate LLC. The Trust is intended to be treated, for tax purposes, as a liquidating trust within the meaning of United States Treasury Regulation Section 301.7701-4(d). For more information, please visit www.ctltrust.net.
Forward Looking Statement
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Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust
Larry Finger | Chief Principal Officer
Released December 23, 2021