Kilroy Realty: Sale Of The Exchange Confirms Massive Discount
- On 3/8, Kilroy Realty announced it has agree to sell The Exchange, a downtown San Francisco office building for $1.1 billion, a record setting $1,440 per foot.
- Interestingly, the entire building is leased to Dropbox for another 12 years. Dropbox announced WFH in 2020.
- The sale price is nearly double what KRC spent developing the building (completed in 2017). Illustrates tremendous value creation by management over the past decade.
- This transaction confirms that KRC shares are massively undervalued relative to their private market value - I estimate NAV of $100 per share.
I have written about Kilroy Realty (NYSE:KRC) twice in the past three months on Seeking Alpha (initial piece here and update here). The focus of my work has been to highlight the significant discount at which shares sell versus the private market value of Kilroy's assets.
On Monday 3/8, Kilroy Realty announced that it agreed to sell The Exchange, a downtown San Francisco office building for a $1.1 billion (a record setting $1,440 per square foot) to a private buyer. Using disclosure from KRC's most recent quarterly supplemental, I estimate the transaction occurred at a 4% cap rate. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
This transaction tells us:
-Despite work from home announcements - even from the sole tenant of this property, office properties are still highly sought after by private market investors. San Francisco Class A office space is incredibly valuable.
-Despite some companies (HP, Oracle) announcing that they would leave California/San Francisco for Texas, there are investors who believe in the market and are willing to pay premium prices for assets.
-Kilroy has done a tremendous job developing properties. Despite the fallout from the pandemic, Kilroy was able to sell The Exchange for nearly double what it spent to complete the project just 4 years ago.
-Kilroy Realty shares are still selling at a huge discount to fair value. Even after the bump we've seen in the past month or so, the stock trades at an implied cap rate of 7%/ just over $700 per square foot.
Similar to apartments, the bulk vast majority of office building assets are privately owned (85%+) with only 10-15% owned by REITs. This means that the private market is the real market. Similarly, office real estate is significantly under-represented in REIT indices/ETFs - this creates opportunities for enterprising investors to find bargains in overlooked/under-owned shares.
While shares have increased significantly since my initial purchase, I have not sold given that:
-As noted in my piece from December, my estimate of NAV had been $90-100 per share. The sale of this property at a 4% cap rate suggests the high end of the range $100 is more reasonable.
-Given management's fantastic track record in creating value for shareholders through development, I believe shares should trade at a premium to NAV.
Thus, even though shares have moved up, I still see Kilroy as a bargain.
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