Empire State Realty Trust Renews Lease with Emmis Communications
New York, New York, July 20, 2016 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) (the “Company”), a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, announces that it has renewed and extended its lease and licenses with Emmis Communications at the Empire State Building.
Emmis operates three FM radio stations from atop the Empire State Building, which they have called home since 1984. The agreement with three Emmis owned FM radio stations is for 16 years.
For the year ended December 31, 2015, revenue from Emmis totaled approximately $1.74 million (inclusive of expense reimbursements). Commencing January 2016, annual revenue (inclusive of expense reimbursements) from Emmis will adjust to an initial amount of $1.26 million, and is subject to escalations. The Company’s total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $657.63 million. Due to the relatively small size of the broadcasting business within Empire State Realty Trust, neither the extension of nor non-renewal of broadcast leases has or is expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial results.
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with Emmis and look forward to continuing our long-term partnership,” stated John B. Kessler, Empire State Realty Trust’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We remain focused on renewing our other broadcasters and taking best advantage of our unique presence for all forms of broadcasting and transmission from our location in the middle of Manhattan.”
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of March 31, 2016, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 721,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.
This press release includes “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates,” “contemplates,” “aims,” “continues,” “would” or “anticipates” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: changes in our industry, the real estate markets, either nationally or in Manhattan or the greater New York metropolitan area; resolution of the litigations and arbitration involving the company; reduced demand for office or retail space; general volatility of the capital and credit markets and the market price of our Class A common stock and our publicly-traded OP Units; changes in technology and market competition, which affect utilization of our broadcast or other facilities; changes in domestic or international tourism, including geopolitical events and currency exchange rates; defaults on, early terminations of, or non-renewal of leases by tenants; fluctuations in interest rates; declining real estate valuations and impairment charges; our failure to obtain necessary outside financing, including our unsecured revolving credit facility; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; our failure to redevelop and reposition properties successfully or on the anticipated timeline or at the anticipated costs; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; risks of real estate development (including our Metro Tower development site), including the cost of construction delays and cost overruns; and conflicts of interest affecting any of our senior management team.
While forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, or new information, data or methods, future events or other changes after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could impact the Company’s future results, performance or transactions, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to the Company (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).