AMB Property Corporation(R)
"Although Japan is in a recession and its exports are affected by global economic challenges, our customers are employing further strategies to optimize efficiencies in their supply chain by locating in modern, infill distribution facilities," said Michael Evans, AMB's managing director, Japan & Korea. "In our core markets, including Osaka, we continue to see demand for the right product in the right location."
K.K. Kono, a food distribution company, leased 68,000 square feet (6,300 square meters) of the facility. Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global provider of integrated supply chain solutions, leased 62,000 square feet (5,800 square meters). Both customers are expanding their business into the Kansai region of Japan. "This lease extends AMB's global relationship with Kuehne + Nagel, an AMB target customer, to eight markets and nine leases. We look forward to pursuing new opportunities with Kuehne + Nagel, whose business continues to demonstrate resiliency," commented Steve Callaway, AMB's senior vice president, director of Customer Development.
AMB Amagasaki Distribution Center 2 is five-story, fully-ramped distribution center located in close proximity to the ports of Osaka and Kobe in Osaka, Japan's second largest city. The facility is adjacent to the nearly fully-leased 965,000 square foot (89,700 square meter) AMB Amagasaki Distribution Center 1.
As of September 30, 2008, AMB's portfolio in Japan totaled more than 10.5 million square feet (976,800 square meters) of operating and under development properties, more than 2.8 million square feet (262,800 square meters) of which is located in the Osaka market.
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AMB Property Corporation(R) is a leading global owner and developer of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of September 30, 2008, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 158.4 million square feet (14.7 million square meters) in 49 markets within 15 countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities -- industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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Some of the information included in this press release contains forward- looking statements, such as the occupation and stabilization of AMB Amagasaki Distribution Center 2, the company's ability to meet future customer demand, and the pace and continued leasing of distribution facilities, which are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on the forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events or circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements might not occur. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates" or "anticipates" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily dependent on assumptions, data or methods that may be incorrect or imprecise and we may not be able to realize them. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect our analysis only and speak only as of the date of this press release or the dates indicated in the statements. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: defaults on or non-renewal of leases by customers or renewals at lower than expected rent, increased interest rates and operating costs, or greater than expected capital expenditures, our failure to obtain necessary outside financing, re-financing risks, risks related to our obligations in the event of certain defaults under co-investment ventures and other debt, risks related to debt and equity security financings (including dilution risk), difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and in effecting acquisitions, our failure to successfully integrate acquired properties and operations, our failure to divest properties on advantageous terms or to timely reinvest proceeds from any divestitures, risks and uncertainties affecting property development, value-added conversions and construction (including construction delays, cost overruns, our inability to obtain necessary permits and public opposition to these activities), our failure to qualify and maintain our status as a real estate investment trust, risks related to our tax structuring, failure to maintain our credit agency ratings, environmental uncertainties, risks related to natural disasters, financial market fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions or in the real estate sector, inflation risks, changes in real estate and zoning laws or other local, state and federal regulatory requirements, a continued or prolonged downturn in the U.S., California, or the global economy, risks related to doing business internationally and global expansion, costs of opening offices globally, risks of changing personnel and roles, losses in excess of our insurance coverage, unknown liabilities acquired in connection with acquired properties or otherwise and increases in real property tax rates. Our success also depends upon economic trends generally, including interest rates, income tax laws, governmental regulation, legislation, population changes, various market conditions and fluctuations and those other risk factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.
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