Downtown-based Apple REIT Nine last week sold hundreds of acres of natural gas fields in Fort Worth for $198 million.
The buyer is 111 Realty Investors LP, an entity tied to Texas real estate investor Michael Mallick.
As part of the deal, Apple REIT gets $138.4 million in cash and $60 million in bonds.
The land consists of about 400 acres broken into 110 parcels.
According to past SEC filings, Apple REIT Nine bought the property in Fort Worth in April 2009. It then leased the land to Chesapeake Energy, the natural gas giant that has made headlines of its own lately.
Chesapeake Energy made lease payments on the property to Apple REIT of $15.2 million in 2010 and $11.3 million in 2009.
Apple REIT’s gamble on natural gas seems to have paid off, according to filings. It paid $145 million for the land in 2009, leaving it with a $53 million return in a little more than two years.
Apple REIT said of the deal in an emailed statement to BizSense: “Management is pleased to have completed this transaction for Apple REIT Nine and is currently evaluating the best use of the proceeds from this sale.”
The deal not only leaves Apple REIT with a pile of cash but also helps the company get back to its bread and butter: hotels.
The purchase of the land was the first and only time the REIT ventured outside the domain of buying hotels.
Apple REIT Nine is one of the five funds that are part of the Apple REIT Companies. The funds own hundreds of hotels across the country and has raised billions of dollars from investors.