Gladstone Land acquired Arizona land for $5.7 million

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired 1,239 acres of land with 840 irrigated, farmable acres near Willcox, Ariz., for approximately $5.7 million. The company currently owns 43 farms, comprised of 16,810 acres in 6 different states across the U.S., valued at approximately $275 million.

The Company entered into a leaseback agreement with the Arizona seller for a 10-year, triple-net lease that provides for annual rent escalations and includes two, five-year extension options.

The tenant has technologically-advanced farming operations across the country and a strong presence in the region.

"We are happy to once again support one of our many excellent tenants and farm operators in providing a high-quality land asset," said Bill Reiman, the Gladstone Land's managing director for the Western United States.

"This is another example of our commitment to help our tenant-partners grow their businesses more profitably."

Gladstone Land is a real estate investment trust that pays monthly distributions to its stockholders. The company invests in farmland located in major agricultural markets in the United States that it leases to corporate and independent farmers.

"This investment allows us to continue to grow our asset base of high-quality, irrigated farmland that is rented to top-tier tenants," said David Gladstone, president and CEO of the company.

"Our recent offering will allow us to acquire additional farms, which, through both income return and value appreciation, should result in investments that continue to be accretive to our bottom line and permit us to cover our distributions to stockholders.

Unlike much of the non-irrigated farmland in the Midwest, our properties have continued to steadily increase in value, with no negative years since our ownership of them.

With our current portfolio of high-quality farmland remaining 100 percent occupied by tenants who are all current in their lease payments, we believe our current position and our outlook for the future are both very strong."