STORE Capital Corporation (NYSE: STOR), an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, today announced August rent collections and the repayment of the majority of borrowings on its credit facility.
As of August 17, STORE Capital had received rent payments representing 86% of contractual base rent and interest for the month of August. July collections also increased to 86%, up from the previously announced 85%. Based on an updated survey of STORE Capital tenants, the percentage of properties open in August also increased to 93% from 92% in July.
“The number of our locations open for business has continued to increase since May, and rent collections have risen accordingly,” said Christopher Volk, President and Chief Executive Officer of STORE Capital. “During August, no new tenants requested lease deferrals. Moreover, the high level of rent collections and the consistency of our portfolio performance have given us the confidence to repay $450 million of borrowings on our credit facility, returning our borrowings on the credit facility to pre-COVID levels. As our tenants have been able to conduct commerce, STORE has predictably realized elevated rental income, which we believe will continue as more locations are able to reopen.
“We are also gratified that the confidence in our tenants and business model has been recognized by our stockholders. Notably, Berkshire Hathaway increased its ownership of STORE Capital by 31%, to nearly 10% of shares outstanding as of June 30,” Volk concluded.