IPO Report: Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT)

Francis Gaskins |

Empire State Realty Trust ($ESRT) is a REIT that owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building.

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Based in New York, NY,  ESRT scheduled a $1 billion million IPO with a market capitalization of $3.6 billion at a price range mid-point of $14, for Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

S-11A filed September 19, 2013.  Manager, Joint Managers:  Goldman; BofA Merrill Lynch.  Co- Managers:  Barclays; Citigroup; Deutsche;  Wells Fargo Securities; Capital One Securities;  HSBC; KeyBanc Capital Markets;  RBS; Stifel; Lebenthal Capital Markets; Loop Capital; Ramirez

Summary

ESRT owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building.

As of June 30, 2013, ESRTs Manhattan office properties were 82% leased.

Valuation

Compare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation Ratios

Mrkt

 

 

Price /

Price /

Dividend

annualizing June 6 mos13

Cap (mm)

 

 

BkVlue

TanBV

Yield %

Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT)

$3,360

 

 

3.2

18.9

2.4%

Boston Properties (BXP)

$16,320

 

 

2.9

2.9

2.45%

Vornado Realty Trust (VNO)

$15,780

 

 

2.2

2.3

3.5%

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (PDM)

$2,930

 

 

1.1

1.2

4.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

ESRT is priced in the same range as BXP but has a lower lease ratio, because of the extensive, ongoing renovation program.

Conclusion

The rating on ESRT is neutral.

Business

ESRT is a self-administered and self-managed REIT that owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. ESRT was formed to continue and expand the commercial real estate business of the predecessor, Malkin Holdings LLC and its affiliates.

ESRTs primary focus will be to continue to own, manage and operate our current portfolio and to acquire and reposition office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area.

As of June 30, 2013, ESRTs Manhattan office properties were 82.0% leased (or 84.8% giving effect to leases signed but not yet started as of that date) and had 1.1 million rentable square feet of available space (excluding leases signed but not yet commenced). This compares to an average of 89.9% leased in midtown Manhattan according to RCG (research firm) as of March 31, 2013.

Renovation and repositioning

Since ESRTs predecessors  assumed full control of the day-to-day management of the Manhattan office properties beginning with One Grand Central Place in 2002, and through June 30, 2013, ESRT has  invested a total of $384.0 million (excluding tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions) in its  Manhattan office properties.

Of the $384.0 million invested in the program, $190.4 million was invested at the Empire State Building. ESRT currently intends to invest between $40.0 million and $70.0 million of additional capital through the end of 2013.

ESRT expects to complete substantially this program by the end of 2013, except with respect to the Empire State Building, which is the last Manhattan office property that began its renovation program. In addition, ESRT currently estimates that between $95.0 million and $125.0 million of capital is needed beyond 2013 to complete substantially the renovation program at the Empire State Building, is expected to occur by the end of 2016 due to the size and scope of the remaining work and a desire to minimize tenant disruptions at the property.

Of the total $140.0 million to $200.0 million of estimated additional capital expected to be incurred through 2016, ESRT currently estimates that between $135.0 million and $175.0 million is attributable to the Empire State Building.

5% stockholders pre-IPO

Anthony E. Malkin, 12.3%
Peter L. Malkin, 3.4%

Use of proceeds

ESRT expects to net $821 million from it IPO.  Proceeds are allocated to repay debt.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
ESRT Empire State Realty Trust Inc. Class A 19.78 0.27 1.38 1,781,501
PRZCF Great Atlantic Resources Corp n/a n/a n/a 0

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