Mack-Cali Announces Strategic Real Estate Transaction with Leading Tenant

06/02/2004 Category: Acquisitions

-Deal Covers 13 Buildings and Includes Acquisitions, Leases and the Assumption of Lease Obligations-

Cranford, New Jersey—June 2, 2004—Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) today announced a strategic real estate transaction with a leading Fortune 500 company and Mack-Cali tenant involving 13 office buildings and 2.5 million square feet of space. The transaction includes Mack-Cali's acquisition of five New Jersey office buildings and the seller's leaseback of a portion of these buildings, a lease extension at one of Mack-Cali's New Jersey office buildings, and Mack-Cali's assumption of a portion of lease obligations at seven office buildings in New Jersey and Staten Island.

Under the agreement, Mack-Cali will:

  • Acquire 30 Knightsbridge Road in Piscataway, New Jersey, a four-building, 670,318 square-foot class A office complex occupied by the seller. The seller will lease back two buildings totaling 275,000 square feet for 10 years and seven months, and lease back the balance of the complex on a short term basis.
  • Re-purchase Kemble Plaza II in Morris Township, New Jersey, a 475,100 square-foot class A office building Mack-Cali sold to the company in 2000. The seller will lease back the entire property for one year.
  • Sign a lease extension with the company at Mack-Cali's Kemble Plaza I in Morris Township, New Jersey, extending the lease for the entire 387,000 square-foot building through August, 2014.
  • Assume a portion of the company's lease obligations totaling approximately 927,300 square feet, with expirations ranging from May, 2006 to May, 2009, at five office buildings in New Jersey: 30A, 30B and 15 Vreeland Road, each in Florham Park; 290 Davidson Avenue in Somerset; and 437 Ridge Road in Dayton; and two in Staten Island, Teleport I and II. Portions of the space included in the lease obligations have been sublet by the company and other firms.
  • Pay $12.9 million to the company.

    Mitchell E. Hersh, president and chief executive officer of Mack-Cali, commented, "We have worked with this tenant and its various subsidiaries for over 25 years in meeting its real estate needs and are excited about this transaction, which addresses the tenant's strategic financial objectives." Hersh continued, "For Mack-Cali, this direct, relationship-driven transaction allows us to acquire outstanding office properties at favorable pricing levels. It's an excellent demonstration of the value we are able to create by building long term relationships with Corporate America."

    Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is a fully-integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) providing management, leasing, development, construction and other tenant-related services for its class A real estate portfolio. Mack-Cali owns or has interests in 270 properties, primarily office and office/flex buildings located in the Northeast, totaling approximately 30 million square feet. The properties enable the Company to provide a full complement of real estate opportunities to its diverse base of approximately 2,100 tenants.

    Additional information on Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is available on the Company's website at

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