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As part of its efforts to enhance asset quality, Agree Realty Corporation (ADC - Snapshot Report) acquired two net lease properties for around $6.5 million and disposed the Ironwood Commons shopping center for $5.0 million.

In particular, the acquisitions involved a 43,000 square foot property in Anderson, S.C. The property is leased to PetSmart, Inc. (PETM - Snapshot Report) and Michaels. The other property spans 8,500 square foot and is positioned in Tulsa, Okla. This property is leased to The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW - Analyst Report). On the other hand, the non-core asset – Ironwood Commons – spans 192,018 square foot and is positioned in Ironwood, Mich.

We expect such opportunistic deals to boost Agree Realty’s strong tenant base and prove accretive to the company’s earnings in the future. The disposition of non-core assets provides the wherewithal to invest in strategic acquisitions, which go a long way in enhancing the top-line growth of the company.

Moreover, we believe that the improving economy and increasing consumer confidence will drive the demand for retail goods going forward and therefore, the retail REITs stand well to gain from it. Amid this environment, the portfolio repositioning moves are encouraging.

Agree Realty specializes in acquiring and developing properties net leased to reputed retail companies. At present, the company owns and operates a portfolio of 134 properties, located in 34 states, comprising roughly 3.8 million square feet of gross leasable space.

Agree Realty currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked stock in the same sector includes Simon Property Group Inc. (SPG - Analyst Report), which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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