JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) (the "Company", "we", "us" or "EastGroup") announced today its recent business activity.
Commenting on the Company's activity, Marshall Loeb, CEO, stated, "Our portfolio remains highly leased and resilient in a volatile environment. This dynamic climate is continuing to provide attractive investments. One such opportunity allowed our expansion into Nashville, another fast-growing Sunbelt market. We're pleased with the quality of the buildings and our ability to push rents to market as leases mature in time."
In November, EastGroup acquired Park at Myatt in Nashville, Tennessee, which represents the Company's first acquisition in this market. With a population exceeding 2 million and an industrial market of 215 million square feet, Nashville has been a target market for EastGroup. High barriers to entry and limited shallow bay industrial product further increase the appeal of the market. Developed in 2022, the property contains two buildings totaling 171,000 square feet and is 100% leased. Park at Myatt was acquired for approximately $31,000,000 and is located in the Northeast/I-65N Corridor submarket.
As of November 8, 2023, EastGroup's portfolio was 98.4% leased and 98.2% occupied. Rental rates on new and renewal leases signed during fourth quarter to date increased an average of 74% on a straight-line basis and 50% on a cash basis.
During the fourth quarter of 2023 to date, EastGroup sold 257,592 shares of common stock under its continuous common equity offering program at a weighted average price of $169.21 per share, providing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $43,588,000. Year to date, the Company has sold 2,982,613 shares at a weighted average price of $170.28 per share, providing aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $507,893,000. During October, the Company's continuous common equity offering program was modified to add the ability to enter into forward equity sale agreements with certain financial institutions acting as forward purchasers whereby, at our discretion, the forward purchasers may borrow and sell shares of our common stock. The use of a forward equity sale agreement provides the ability to lock in a share price on the sale of shares of our common stock but defer settling the forward equity sale agreements and receiving the proceeds from the sale of shares until a later date.
Management is scheduled to participate in Nareit's REITworld: 2023 Annual Conference in Los Angeles November 14-15, 2023. Conference registration is available at www.reit.com. During the conference, EastGroup executives may discuss the Company's transaction activity, leasing environment, market trends and conditions, financial matters and other business that may be affecting the Company. EastGroup's presentation materials that may be referenced during the conferences are available on the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's website.
About EastGroup Properties, Inc.
EastGroup, a member of the S&P Mid-Cap 400 and Russell 1000 Indexes, is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust focused on the development, acquisition and operation of industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets throughout the United States with an emphasis in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and North Carolina. The Company's goal is to maximize shareholder value by being a leading provider in its markets of functional, flexible and quality business distribution space for location sensitive customers (primarily in the 20,000 to 100,000 square foot range). The Company's strategy for growth is based on ownership of premier distribution facilities generally clustered near major transportation features in supply-constrained submarkets. EastGroup's portfolio, including development projects and value-add acquisitions in lease-up and under construction, currently includes approximately 59.1 million square feet.
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