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Duke Realty buying out joint venture partner for $298M

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Duke Realty Corp. plans to buy out its partner in a joint venture that owns 106 industrial buildings in the Midwest and Southeast, the Indianapolis-based company announced Wednesday.

Duke’s operating partnership agreed to acquire its partner’s 50-percent stake in Dugan Realty LLC for $298.2 million, including the assumption of $283 million in debt. Duke Realty Limited Partnership already owns the other half of the venture. Its partner in the venture was not identified.

Dugan’s portfolio includes 20.8 million square feet of space and about 62 acres of undeveloped land, according to a news release. Its properties were 85-percent leased at the end of March.

Duke said it plans to fund the acquisition by selling 23 million shares of its common stock in a public offering. Proceeds also will be used to repay debt and pay general corporate expenses.

Duke’s shares closed Wednesday at $12.49, down 24 cents for the day.
 

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