New York, NY - September 24, 2010 - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) today announced it has updated its full year 2010 earnings guidance, raising it from a range of $3.90-to-$4.10 per share to $4.75 per share.
The increase is primarily from the gain realized upon completion of the sale of 510 Madison Avenue by Macklowe Properties to Boston Properties and the concurrent retirement of related debt held by SL Green in connection with that property. Other factors contributing to the change in earnings guidance include better than expected leasing results and strong returns from the company's structured finance investment program, offset in part by property sales and certain financing initiatives.
In December, 2009 and February, 2010, SL Green purchased the first mortgage loan and senior mezzanine loan on 510 Madison Avenue with a then outstanding aggregate balance of $249.3 million for $180.5 million. As a result of the sale of 510 Madison Avenue, SL Green received full repayment of these loans plus the reimbursement of certain costs. The Company has realized an unleveraged internal rate of return in excess of 55% on its investment.
SL Green Chief Executive Officer Marc Holliday commented, "The repayment of our loans in connection with the sale of 510 Madison Avenue marks the conclusion of one of SL Green's most successful debt investments to date. It illustrates the overall success of our structured finance investment program as an activity that complements our core business and has the potential to provide significant value to our shareholders. Aside from that, we are pleased with the steady improvement of the New York City office market in 2010, both on the leasing and investment fronts, and with our ability to capitalize on emerging opportunities."
About SL Green Realty Corp.
SL Green Realty Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, or REIT, that predominantly acquires, owns, repositions and manages Manhattan office properties. The Company is the only publicly held REIT that specializes in this niche. As of June 30, 2010, the Company owned interests in 30 New York City office properties totaling approximately 22,012,215 square feet, making it New York's largest office landlord. In addition, at June 30, 2010, SL Green held investment interests in, among other things, eight retail properties encompassing approximately 374,812 square feet, three development properties encompassing approximately 399,800 square feet and two land interests, along with ownership interests in 31 suburban assets totaling 6,804,700 square feet in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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