Boston Properties (BXP) Secures Lease at 751 Gateway, Stock Up

Boston Properties BXP is witnessing high demand for its life-science properties. It recently secured a 229,000-square-foot lease at 751 Gateway with a leading biotech company. The lease is for a full building under construction and will likely be delivered in early 2024.

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Since the announcement of the news on Dec 6, 2021, shares of Boston Properties have risen 1.2% to 114.8.

751 Gateway is the first phase of a multi-phase life-science campus development project at Gateway Commons in South San Francisco. The project is run by Boston Properties and its joint venture partner Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Upon completion, Boston Properties will own 49% of 751 Gateway.

South San Francisco is the hub of leading life-science companies. Moreover, advantageously located near Caltrain and Highway 101, Gateway Commons holds a mix of office and lab properties. Hence, Boston Properties is well-poised to lure tenants.

Amid the high need for effective diagnostics, therapies, drug innovations and research, life-science properties continue witnessing solid demand in recent years. Therefore, Boston Properties’ targeted efforts to boost its life-science assets and tenant base from the industry seem a strategic fit.

Earlier this month, Boston Properties announced the execution of three leases, aggregating 166,000 square feet at 880 Winter Street in Waltham, MA, which resulted in its 244,000-square-foot life-sciences conversion project to be roughly 70% pre-leased. The project is slated for delivery in the second half of 2022.

BXP Life Sciences comprises an existing portfolio of more than three million square feet focused on the specific needs of the life-sciences industry. The properties are mainly in the leading innovation markets of Boston, Cambridge, and Waltham/Lexington, MA; Montgomery County, MD, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.

Moreover, Boston Properties has roughly six million square feet of life sciences-focused development opportunities, including one million square feet of current lab developments and redevelopments in process.

However, the overall choppy environment for the office real-estate market remains a concern for Boston Properties, which has a concentration of office assets in six markets, namely Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Boston Properties currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past three months, BXP’s shares have gained 3.7%, underperforming the industry’s increase of 4.3%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for CubeSmart’s 2021 FFO per share has been revised 2.4% upward in the past month to $2.10. Shares of CUBE have inched up 17.4% in the past six months.

Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represent funds from operations (FFO) — a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.

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