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Verisign Selling Headquarters in Mountain View

June 16, 2008

Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) is in contract to sell approximately half of its 290,000 SF headquarters in Mountain View, California. They are under contract to sell 675 and 685 East Middlefield Road for approximately $49M ($308 psf). The two buildings constitute about 159,000 SF, which is a bit more than half of the entire headquarters of 290,000 SF.

Verisign purchased the building in October of 2001 from Sobrato for about $120M in 2001 ($750 psf). A copy of the original PSA is available here. They purchased the building to get out of a 10-year lease agreement they signed in October of 2000. That lease agreement had a start rate of $7.50 NNN (per month). A copy of the original lease agreement is available here.

As part of the deal, the buyer which is PR III Middlefield Road, LLC, will lease back the facility to Verisign for a period of 2.5 years, with an option to extend for an additional five. The lease will start at approximately $2.50 NNN.

The project is across the street from Dostart Development’s 690 Middlefield Road project, which is a 340,000 SF Leed Silver Class A project going up on 15.6 acres it acquired from Hewlett Packard last year for about $60 psf (land cost). That project is being marketed at $3.65 NNN with a $35 allowance over a warm shell.

Both buildings benefit from a light rail station within the immediate walking area, though Verisign’s building will require fairly significant improvements to get them to Class A status.

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