New Partnership in Macerich’s FlatIron Crossing Mall generates $116 million in proceeds

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – September 3, 2009/PRNewswire/First Call/– The Macerich Partnership, L.P., the operating partnership of Macerich® (NYSE: MAC) and GI Partners today announced a joint venture in Macerich’s FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield, Colorado. FlatIron Crossing is a 1.4 million square foot super regional mall anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s. The 2008 annual tenant sales per square foot were $443 and the mall currently has a 97% occupancy rate. The mall was built in 2000 and acquired by Macerich in 2002.

Under the terms of the deal, Macerich receives approximately $116 million in net cash and GI Partners acquires a 75% interest in the asset.

"We are pleased to embark on this joint venture with GI Partners and solidify one more long-term partnership that we believe will yield positive results and new business opportunities for both GI and Macerich," said Macerich President Edward C. Coppola. "This transaction is another example of Macerich executing on its deleveraging strategy by tapping into the capital embedded in a high-performing retail property."

"GI Partners is pleased to partner with Macerich and have the opportunity to work with one of the premier teams in retail real estate," remarked Rick Magnuson, Executive Managing Director at GI Partners. "FlatIron Crossing is an opportunity to not only create a strategic partnership, but also secure an ownership position in an asset with significant fundamental value and upside potential. As a private investor with a track record of success in the real estate sector, we look forward to contributing our perspective and closely working with Macerich to fully realize the value of this unique property."

Like most of its joint ventures, Macerich will continue to manage the property, with the added value of GI Partners’ expertise as a diversified investor and partner.

Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. The Company is the sole general partner and owns an 87% ownership interest in The Macerich Partnership, L.P. Macerich now owns approximately 75 million square feet of gross leaseable area consisting primarily of interests in 72 regional malls. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at

Established in 2001, GI Partners is a mid-market private equity firm that focuses on control-oriented investments across North America and Western Europe in asset-intensive businesses or portfolios of assets. The Macerich transaction is being completed through GI Partners Fund III L.P., which has secured $2.0 billion of capital commitments from leading institutional private equity and real estate investors. The team at GI Partners has significant experience in the REIT sector, having created Digital Realty Trust ("DLR"), one of the best performing REITs over the past five years since its listing on the NYSE in November 2004. GI Partners seeks to substantially increase the value of its asset-underpinned businesses or assets and focuses on a number of key sectors, including real estate, specialty healthcare, leisure, financial services and mission-critical IT services.