Pasadena, California-based real estate investment trust (REIT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (ARE - Snapshot Report), recently entered into long-term agreements with four prestigious companies. The agreements are intended to pre-lease a total of 162,000 square feet at a property - 400 Technology Square – located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The 400 Technology square comprises of rentable space of around 194,776 square feet and is one of the seven facilities located at the company’s state-of-the-art laboratory/office park-like community known as Alexandria Technology Square. The acquired property is currently in the final stage of redevelopment, which is expected to be completed later this year. Upon completion, the total square footage of the campus will be increased by around 18,000 square feet.
Alexandria Technology Square is located in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge and consists of seven buildings spanning 1.2 million square feet of office, lab and retail space. Strategically located adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and near the Broad Institute and the Whitehead Institute, the property is well connected to various residential areas, restaurants, shops, and conveniences.
The property is already occupied by leading life science and advanced technology companies such as - Novartis AG (NVS - Analyst Report), GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK - Analyst Report), H3 Biomedicine Inc. and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Following the lease agreements, the property will now have four more well- known firms as tenants. These include - The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, Epizyme, Inc., Warp Drive Bio, LLC and Aramco Services Company.
Alexandria Real Estate primarily focuses on leasing properties situated in key cluster submarkets to top-notch organizations, mainly associated with the life science industry. The Greater Boston area which houses Cambridge is among Alexandria Real Estate’s core operational markets cluster.
The company owns and operates approximately 3.7 million square feet of office and high-quality laboratory space in close proximity to world known academic and medical institutions. It has around 100 client tenants in the area including the likes of Abbott Laboratories (ABT - Analyst Report), Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB - Analyst Report), Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX - Analyst Report), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO - Analyst Report) and others.
Recently, Alexandria Real Estate leased a property located at another core operational market cluster – Suburban Washington D.C. The company inked a long-term lease deal with National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for 75,000 square feet of space at Alexandria's Shady Grove Life Sciences Center in Maryland.
The company is expected to release its third-quarter 2012 results on October 29, 2012. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third quarter FFO (fund from operations) is currently pegged at $1.08 per share.
We currently have a long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock. It also carries a short-term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold).
Note: FFO, a widely accepted and reported measure of the performance of REITs is derived by adding depreciation, amortization and other non-cash expenses to net income.