Mr. Weil continued, “As we look forward to the previously announced $1.3 billion acquisition of open-air shopping centers that we expect to close this quarter, we believe that the superior execution from our team in 2021 plays a critical role in the transformation of the Company into the Necessity Retail REIT: Where America Shops.”
“We recorded a strong year with nearly $180 million of retail acquisitions, expanding our necessity-retail focused portfolio of net-leased properties with long-term leases,” said Michael Weil, CEO of the Company. “The properties we acquired last year had a weighted-average cap rate of 8.3%3 and a weighted-average remaining lease term of 13.3 years as of each closing date. Additionally, we continued to be successful in our portfolio-wide leasing initiatives, executing over 175 new or renewed leases representing approximately 8.7% of our portfolio by square feet.”
During the fourth quarter, the Company acquired 13 properties for an aggregate contract purchase price of $28.1 million at a cash cap rate4 of 7.1% and a weighted-average cap rate of 8.0% with an average remaining lease term of 18.4 years as of the closing dates, weighted based on square feet. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company acquired 69 properties for a contract purchase price of $179.9 million at a going-in cap rate of approximately 7.6% and a weighted-average cap rate of 8.3%.
For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company executed nine lease extensions in the single tenant segment of its portfolio. The leases extended the weighted average remaining lease term for these tenants to 9.8 years from 2.7 years at the time of signing and added net straight-line rent of approximately $7.2 million over the new lease terms. Total straight-line-rent expected over the duration of these leases is $9.7 million as of the date each lease was executed. The Company also signed 167 new leases or lease renewals associated its open-air shopping centers during the year ended December 31, 2021, totaling 1.7 million square feet.
1 Includes two land parcels adjacent to a property the Company owns
2 Includes short-term leases, license agreements, and deferral and abatement agreements when coupled with an extension 3 Capitalization rate is a rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the expected, annualized straight-line rental income that the property will generate under its existing lease or leases. Capitalization rate is calculated by dividing the annualized straight-lined rental income the property will generate (before debt service and depreciation and after fixed costs and variable costs) by the purchase price of the property, excluding acquisition costs. The weighted-average capitalization rate is based upon square feet.
4 Cash capitalization rate is a rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the expected, annualized cash rental income during the first year of ownership that the property will generate under its existing lease or leases. Cash capitalization rate is calculated by dividing this annualized cash rental income the property will generate (before debt service and depreciation and after fixed costs and variable costs) by the purchase price of the property. excluding acquisition costs. The weighted-average cash capitalization rate is based upon square feet About American Finance Trust, Inc. soon to be rebranded The Necessity Retail REIT Where America Shops
American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on Nasdaq focused on acquiring and managing a diversified portfolio of primarily service-oriented and traditional retail and distribution related commercial real estate properties in the U.S. Additional information about AFIN can be found on its website at www.americanfinancetrust.com. Important Notice
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