Old Bethpage, New York, March 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Power REIT (NYSE American: PW) announces that it has completed the acquisition of 5.2 acre property in southern Colorado for the construction of a greenhouse cultivation facility through a wholly owned subsidiary. Power REIT’s total investment will be approximately $1 million and has a lease that provided straight-line annual rent estimated to be approximately $192,000 which translates to an approximate 19% yield.
The acquisition complements Power REIT’s existing high-quality real estate related to transportation infrastructure, alternative energy and Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”). CEA uses innovative methods to grow plants in optimized indoor growing environments for a given crop. Power REIT intends to focus on CEA related real estate for growing various crops, including cannabis.
David Lesser, Power REIT’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “This acquisition represents additional progress with respect to our new focus on investing in CEA greenhouse properties and is immediately accretive to FFO. An additional $193,000 of straight-line rent translates to incremental FFO of approximately $0.10 per share. On a run-rate basis, and omitting future available capital deployments, these acquisitions, along with the other recently announced CEA related transactions should increase FFO by over 65%, relative to our stabilized FFO expectations prior to embarking on our improved business plan in July 2019. Assuming we are able to deploy the remaining capital equally over the next three quarters, our year end “run-rate” FFO per share should exceed $1.50 per share based on deploying capital at a 12.5% yield. Similarly, if we are able to deploy the capital at rates in-line with our recent acquisitions, our year end “run-rate” FFO could exceed $1.80 per share. This is more than triple our Stabilized FFO prior to embarking on our new business plan in the middle of last year.”
Mr. Lesser continued, “The tenant is well positioned for near-term expansions of greenhouse growing and processing space. The lease provides that we have the option to fund expansions on comparable terms to the original lease with a built-in option that allows us to accretively deploy additional capital on attractive risk adjusted terms.” Mr. Lesser concluded, “With an extensive acquisition pipeline, we should be able to deploy the remainder of the capital currently available for investment in the near term. The cannabis industry currently suffers from extremely limited access to capital and Power REIT should continue to see opportunities to deploy capital on attractive risk adjusted returns.”
As previously disclosed, Power REIT recently completed a $15.5 million debt financing at a rate of 4.62% which fully amortizes over a 35-year term. Approximately $3.7 million of the funds have been earmarked to acquire two assets that were described in an announcement on February 6, 2020 and approximately $900,000 was earmarked to expand one of the properties acquired 2019. In addition to this acquisitions, Power REIT has an extensive pipeline of CEA projects and is actively working to deploy the remainder of the capital available for investment.
Concurrent with the closing on this acquisition, Power REIT entered into “triple-net” leases that requires the tenant to pay all property related expenses including maintenance, insurance and taxes. Each lease has a term of 20 years and provides two 5-year renewal options for the tenant with financial guarantees from affiliates of the tenant. The lease requires the tenant to maintain a valid medical marijuana license and to operate in accordance with all Colorado and municipal regulations while prohibiting the retail sale of its products from the properties.
- Maverick 5 was acquired for $150,000. The vacant land parcel is comprised of 5.2 acres, which has been approved for cannabis cultivation. As part of this transaction, the Trust has agreed to fund the immediate construction of 5,040 square feet of greenhouse space and 4,920 square feet of head-house/processing space on the property for approximately $868,000. Power REIT’s total capital commitment is approximately $1.0 million.
The Maverick 5 tenant is owned by an affiliate of a company that currently has an 8,000 square foot combined medical cannabis dispensary and indoor cultivation facility in southern Colorado. Given current conditions, it is anticipated that product demand will far exceed its current production capacity.
STATEMENT ON SUSTAINABILITY
Power REIT owns real estate related to infrastructure assets including properties for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA Facilities), Renewable Energy and Transportation.
CEA Facilities, such as greenhouses, provide an extremely environmentally friendly solution, which consume approximately 70% less energy than indoor growing operations that do not benefit from “free” sunlight. CEA facilities use 90% less water than field grown plants, and all of Power REIT’s greenhouse properties operate without the use of pesticides and avoid agricultural runoff of fertilizers and pesticides. These facilities cultivate medical Cannabis, which has been recommended to help manage a myriad of medical symptoms, including seizures and spasms, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Renewable Energy assets are comprised of land and infrastructure associated with utility scale solar farms. These projects produce power without the use of fossil fuels thereby lowering carbon emissions. The solar farms produce approximately 50,000,000 kWh of electricity annually which is enough to power approximately 4,600 home on a carbon free basis.
Transportation assets are comprised of land associated with a railroad, an environmentally friendly mode of bulk transportation.
ABOUT POWER REIT
Power REIT is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns real estate related to infrastructure assets including properties for Controlled Environment Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation. Power REIT is actively seeking to expand its real estate portfolio related to Controlled Environment Agriculture and Renewable Energy. Additional information on Power REIT can be found on its website at www.pwreit.com
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