DDR and Excel Trust Announce $223 Million Shopping Center Transaction

Sep 29, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) and Excel Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EXL) today announced that Excel Trust has purchased three shopping centers in the Salt Lake City area from DDR for approximately $223 million. The transaction is strategically aligned with each company's portfolio objectives given DDR's desire to exit the Salt Lake City market and Excel's aspiration to expand their presence in a market where they have an established corporate and operating presence.

"We are pleased to reach an agreement with the team at Excel and appreciate their high level of collaboration to effectuate an off-market transaction that accrues to the benefit of both parties," said Daniel B. Hurwitz, chief executive officer of DDR.

The properties included in the transaction are: The Family Center at Fort Union, The Family Center at Orem and The Family Center at Taylorsville. The three properties total approximately 1.8 million square feet. As a part of the transaction, Excel Trust has sold The Family Center at Taylorsville to a third party.

"We value our relationship with DDR and are pleased to announce this transaction. We see this acquisition as an opportunity to enhance our portfolio by securing a foothold in a strong market where Excel Trust already has a management presence. Utah is a business friendly state and boasts some of the best employment and economic data in the nation," said Gary Sabin, chief executive officer of Excel Trust.

About DDR Corp.
DDR is an owner and manager of 390 value-oriented shopping centers representing 108 million square feet in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The Company's assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com, as well as on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About Excel Trust, Inc.
Excel Trust, Inc. is a retail focused real estate investment trust ("REIT") that primarily targets community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. The Company has elected to be treated as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Excel Trust trades publicly on the NYSE under the symbol "EXL". Additional information about the Company is available at www.exceltrust.com

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Excel Trust, Inc.
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