Easterly Government Properties Completes Acquisition of Building in San Diego, California for $16.6 Million

Adds Mission Critical Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Property

WASHINGTON--()--Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE: DEA), a fully integrated real estate investment trust focused primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties leased to the U.S. Government, announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of a 52,881-square foot Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in the Otay Mesa community of San Diego, at a purchase price of $16.6 million.

“We remain on track with our annual acquisitions outlook and continue to work to assemble a portfolio of mission-critical buildings that we believe provides the most attractive total return opportunity to our investors.”

The ICE - Otay building is adjacent to the Easterly-owned DEA - Otay building and located less than one half mile from the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The Otay Mesa border crossing is second, out of six LPOEs in California, in terms of total border-crossing volume and is the busiest truck crossing on the California/Mexico border. The building is well-appointed and has been fitted with specialized security features for federal tenants executing highly important national security functions.

“We are pleased to add another mission critical property to our portfolio with the acquisition of the ICE - Otay building in San Diego,” said William C. Trimble III, Chief Executive Officer of Easterly Government Properties, Inc. “The ICE - Otay building is strategically located and houses federal agencies that are focused on our nation’s border security. With critical missions including the investigation of illegal tunneling, human trafficking, narcotics and weapons smuggling, and vehicle safety, these agencies serve a critical role in enhancing national security and combating terrorism.”

The ICE function housed in the building, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and a vital U.S. asset in combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America's travel, trade, financial and immigration systems. In addition to ICE, the building is occupied by the Motor Carriers Safety Administration (MCSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (14% of RSF); and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (3% of RSF).

“Easterly’s third acquisition as a public company, the ICE - Otay property, is anticipated to bring Pro forma Cash NOI to a run-rate annualized level of approximately $52 million and to be accretive on a run-rate basis to the Company’s Pro forma FFO, per share on a fully diluted basis. Additionally, the acquisition is representative of the opportunities that we continue to source, underwrite and actively pursue in order to enhance our growing portfolio”, said Darrell Crate, Chairman of Easterly Government Properties, Inc. “We remain on track with our annual acquisitions outlook and continue to work to assemble a portfolio of mission-critical buildings that we believe provides the most attractive total return opportunity to our investors.”

About Easterly Government Properties, Inc.

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government. Easterly’s experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). For further information on the company and its properties, please visit www.easterlyreit.com.

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Easterly Government Properties, Inc.
Alison M. Bernard, 202-971-9867
Chief Financial Officer

Easterly Government Properties, Inc.