NYC Announces Portfolio Occupancy Grows to Over 87%¹, Temporary Suspension of Cash Dividend to Generate Additional Working Capital to Help Fund Upfront Leasing Commissions and Tenant Improvements Among Other Uses

July 1, 2022

Strong leasing supports long-term growth, increases weighted-average lease term to 7.2 years

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- New York City REIT, Inc. (NYSE: NYC) (“NYC” or the “Company”) announced today that ongoing strong leasing activity has grown its pure-play New York City portfolio occupancy by 4% since the beginning of the year, to over 87% as of June 30, 20221, and that portfolio weighted-average remaining lease term has increased to 7.2 years as of the same date. The Company also announced that as it continues to proactively increase occupancy at its properties, its board of directors concluded that temporarily suspending2 the Company’s quarterly dividend is a prudent action. The Company added that the board will continue to evaluate the Company’s dividend policy on a quarterly basis. The additional working capital generated by the suspension will be available to fund, among other things, the upfront costs of leasing commissions and tenant improvements associated with future leasing activity. Since the beginning of calendar year 2021, through June 30, 2022, we have entered into leases that have already commenced or are expected commence in the third quarter of 2022 that total approximately $76 million in base rent payments over the terms of the leases.

“The leasing activity we have seen this year will grow our portfolio occupancy, once the leases commence, to over 87%1 for the first time since 2020 and increase our portfolio weighted-average lease duration to 7.2 years,” said Michael Weil, CEO of NYC. “Leasing commissions and tenant improvement costs, which are payable prior to rent commencement, are economically beneficial compared to the substantial rent paid over the terms of the leases. To potentially help fund these future expenses, we are temporarily suspending the dividend as we maintain our leasing momentum. We believe this is a prudent step and anticipate the cash savings from the temporary suspension will also be used to, among other things, help fund future leasing activity, consistent with the proactive asset management strategy that has resulted in 98% cash rent collection in the first quarter of 2022 and a portfolio that we believe is more robust than it was before COVID.”


1 Includes (i) all leases fully executed by June 30, 2022 and (ii) all leases under negotiation with an executed nonbinding letter of intent (“LOI”) by both parties as of June 30, 2022. There can be no assurance that LOIs will lead to definitive leases that will commence on their current terms, or at all. Leasing pipeline should not be considered an indication of future performance.

2 There is no assurance as to when or if dividends may be reinstated or the amount of any future dividend payments.

About New York City REIT, Inc.

New York City REIT, Inc. is a publicly traded REIT that owns a portfolio of high-quality commercial real estate located within the five boroughs of New York City. Additional information about NYC can be found on its website at

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Source: New York City REIT, Inc.