Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) announced today that it had closed on approximately $89 million of investments in August 2014, increasing its total investment activity to approximately $300 million in 2014. This represents an approximate 10 percent portfolio growth rate year.
These third quarter acquisitions includes two separate investments in medical office buildings (“MOBs”) located in the attractive markets of Westchester County, NY and Charleston, SC. These properties total over 250,000 square feet and were approximately 94% occupied at closing. In addition, the properties are located in or near HTA’s existing key markets, will be operated by HTA’s property management and leasing platform, and are immediately accretive to shareholders.
In Westchester, HTA acquired a destination medical campus that includes five MOBs totaling 188,500 square feet located in one of the wealthiest counties in the country. This campus is part of a high traffic, regional medical corridor and is immediately adjacent to the new Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-West Harrison opening next month. The campus also includes sufficient land to support the development of a new MOB to meet the growing regional demand.
In Charleston, HTA acquired the Tides Medical Arts Building, a 69,000 square foot class A MOB located near the foot of the Ravanel Bridge which connects Mt. Pleasant and Charleston. The Tides MOB was developed in 2006 and was purchased from multiple physician group tenants. Tides MOB also serves as one of the primary outpatient centers for Roper St. Francis Healthcare-related physician groups in Mt. Pleasant. The asset is 100 percent leased with an average lease term of 7 years with strong imbedded annual rent growth. This investment is in close proximity to HTA’s existing regional office downtown Charleston and expands the company’s Charleston presence to over 176,000 square feet.
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. announced Tuesday that it is serving as the top level, founding partner for the launch of Revista, a new data service for medical real estate. Founded by former executives with the National Investment Center, Revista is creating the most comprehensive and accurate data and industry services focused on the characteristics, transactions, and performance of the growing medical real estate sector in the United States. Revista is the first data service to be built by healthcare real estate veterans and will highlight the key drivers and trends that make medical real estate one of the most attractive asset classes today. Revista is formally launching later this month with the roll out of its data service for the Northeastern U.S. It expects to roll out services for the entire United States later this year.
Healthcare Trust of America is the largest, dedicated owner of medical office buildings in the U.S. today. The medical office sector is estimated to include over $250 billion in asset value, with less than 10% owned by institutional investors. HTA is dedicated to the medical office sector and is committed to providing the tools and resources necessary for health systems and healthcare providers to effectively and efficiently meet their real estate and financing needs.
“As one of the leading owners and operators of medical office real estate in the United States, HTA is committed to bringing an institutional quality to this currently fragmented sector,” stated Chairman and CEO Scott D. Peters. “We believe that the rollout of Revista’s products and services will greatly improve the quality of data that institutional investors require to understand the strong fundamentals of medical real estate. It will also highlight the tremendous value that health systems and providers have locked up in their real estate portfolios, allowing them to strategically analyze their true costs of capital in today’s changing environment.”