- A sale-and-leaseback is typically a commercial real estate transaction in which one party, often a corporation, sells its corporate real estate assets to another party, such as an institutional investor, or a real estate investment trust (REIT), and then leases the property back at a rental rate and lease term that is acceptable to the new investor/landlord.
- The lease term and rental rate are based on the new investor/landlord’s financing costs, the lessee’s credit rating, and a market rate of return, based on the initial cash investment by the new investor/landlord.
Benefits of Sale-Leasebacks: Seller/Lessee
- No change in operational control of the real estate.
- Company controls the terms of the lease including rent, lease and renewal terms.
- Excellent source of alternate financing in today’s difficult credit environment.
- Alternative to debt financing for build-to-suit projects.
- Help finance expansion of the existing business
- Help pay down debt and improve the company’s balance sheet
- Typically short transaction closing process.
- Company raises inexpensive capital without giving up ownership interest.
Benefits of Sale-Leasebacks: Investor/Landlord
- Long-term, fully leased asset with a guaranteed income stream
- For income-tax purposes, the investor/landlord can take an expense deduction for an investment in a depreciable property to allow for the recovery of the cost of the investment
- Fair return on the investment in the form of rent during the lease term, and ownership of an already occupied reliable tenant
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