Richmond, VA – May 17, 2021 – Medalist Diversified REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRR) (the “Company” or “Medalist”), is a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that specializes in acquiring, owning and managing commercial real estate in the Southeast region of the U.S.
On May 14, 2021, Medalist Diversified Holdings, L.P., the operating partnership of Medalist Diversified REIT, Inc. (the “Company’), acquired a retail center totaling approximately 178,626 square feet of gross leasable space in Lancaster, South Carolina, commonly referred to as the Lancer Center property (“Lancer Center”), from an unaffiliated seller for a purchase price of $10,100,000, exclusive of closing costs and a $200,000 credit to the Company for major repairs. The Company’s equity investment in the acquisition of approximately $3,750,000 was funded using a portion of the net proceeds from the Company’s common stock offering that Medalist closed with Kingswood Capital on April 13, 2021. Management expects to use the remaining proceeds from the common stock offering for additional acquisitions during 2021. The balance of the purchase price for the Lancer Center was funded by a commercial loan.
Bill Elliott, Vice Chairman and President of the Company, stated “the Lancer Center has a diverse workforce tenancy, consistent with our strategy, that we believe will generate positive cash flow immediately. Lancer Center has multiple anchor tenants that we anticipate will provide sustainable cash flow. One of Medalist’s goals is to purchase similar cash flowing properties while we work to exit our hotel investments. Purchasing robust cash flowing properties like Lancer Center will help continue to build value for our shareholders.”
Thomas E. Messier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated “the recent successful common stock offering and the acquisition of the Lancer Center are key milestones in the Company’s 2021 strategy to emerge from COVID-19, reposition its investments and continue to grow through capital raising and property acquisitions.”
About Medalist Diversified REIT Medalist Diversified REIT Inc. is a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that specializes in acquiring, owning and managing value-add commercial real estate in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. The Company’s strategy is to focus on value-add and opportunistic commercial real estate which is expected to provide an attractive balance of risk and returns. Medalist utilizes a rigorous, consistent and replicable process for sourcing and conducting due diligence of acquisitions. The Company seeks to maximize operating performance of current properties by utilizing a hands-on approach to property management while monitoring the middle market real estate markets in the southeast for acquisition opportunities and disposal of properties as considered appropriate. For more information on Medalist, please visit the Company website at https://www.medalistreit.com.
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