Gladstone Commercial Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that focuses on investing in and owning triple-net leased industrial and commercial real estate properties and selectively making long-term mortgage loans. Its goal is to pay our shareholders dividends on a monthly basis. Its objective is to increase the amount of dividends paid out each year. Gladstone Commercial Corp. has a market cap of $118.9 million; its shares were traded at around $13.89 with and P/S ratio of 2.8. The dividend yield of Gladstone Commercial Corp. stocks is 10.8%.
Highlight of Business Operations:We were incorporated under the General Corporation Laws of the State of Maryland on February 14, 2003, primarily for the purpose of investing in and owning net leased industrial and commercial real property and selectively making long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. Most of the portfolio of real estate we currently own is leased to a wide cross section of tenants ranging from small businesses to large public companies, many of which are corporations that do not have publicly rated debt. We have in the past entered into, and intend in the future to enter into, purchase agreements for real estate having triple net leases with terms of approximately 10 to 15 years and built in rental increases. Under a triple net lease, the tenant is required to pay all operating, maintenance and insurance costs and real estate taxes with respect to the leased property. We are actively communicating with buyout funds, real estate brokers and other third parties to locate properties for potential acquisition or to provide mortgage financing in an effort to build our portfolio. At June 30, 2009, we owned 65 properties totaling approximately 6.3 million square feet, and had one mortgage loan outstanding. The total gross investment in these acquisitions, including the $10.0 million mortgage loan investment, was approximately $443.7 million at June 30, 2009.
Our ability to make new investments is highly dependent upon external financing. Our principal external financing sources generally include the issuance of equity securities, the issuance of long-term mortgages secured by properties and borrowings under our line of credit. Recent market conditions have affected the trading price of our common stock, however, the price has improved over the past few months and closed at $13.92 on July 24, 2009,which represents a 71% increase to our average closing stock price of $8.16 during the first quarter of 2009. The market for long-term mortgages continues to be frozen as the collateralized mortgage-backed securities, or CMBS, market has virtually disappeared. With the closure of the CMBS market, many banks are not lending on commercial real estate as they are no longer able to sell these loans to the CMBS market and are not willing or able to keep these loans on their balance sheets. We are now seeing banks only willing to issue medium-term mortgages, between two to five years, at substantially less favorable terms. As a result, we intend to focus on using medium-term mortgages to finance our real estate until the market for long-term mortgages returns. Our ability to increase the availability under our line of credit is dependent upon us pledging additional properties as collateral. Traditionally, we have pledged new properties to the line of credit as we arrange for long-term mortgages for these pledged properties. Currently, only nine of our properties do not have long-term mortgages, and eight of those are pledged as collateral under our line of credit. Our line of credit matures in December 2009, however, we intend to exercise our option to extend the term for an additional year, through December 2010, unless we are able to secure more favorable financing.
During the six months ended June 30, 2009, we had net borrowings under our line of credit of approximately $20.3 million, with $31.8 million outstanding at June 30, 2009. The proceeds from borrowings under the line of credit were used to pay off the $20.0 million unsecured short-term loan with KeyBank.
On July 17, 2009, we sold our property located in Norfolk, Virginia for $1.15 million, for a gain on the sale of approximately $160,000. The proceeds from the sale were used to pay down our line of credit.
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