The top 1,000 corporate, government and institutional occupiers in the U.S. hold leases worth an aggregated rent value of more than $135 billion, encompassing just over 8.4 billion square feet of office, industrial, and flex space across about 115,500 properties, according to a recent analysis of CoStar Group tenant data.
The study ranks occupiers by the current value of rents paid across their U.S. real estate portfolios in CoStar’s database. Total rent value was calculated by multiplying the space occupied by tenants in each building by the estimated rent value per property in the commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – and providing a total lease value for each occupier across markets.
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Of the top 1,000, Amazon.com had the highest overall rent value relative to its occupied square footage among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties with a total $1.34 billion in rent value across 352 U.S. properties totaling more than 130 million square feet of industrial, office, and flex space. Amazon controls large blocks of office space in Manhattan, San Francisco and its headquarters city of Seattle, among other markets.
The high dollar value of the internet retailer’s lease obligations can be attributed to its robust absorption of office space in the U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets in recent years, along with its growing network of hundreds of fulfillment, customer service, and other distribution facilities.
For purposes of the study, which did not include retail properties, Amazon also has broadened its property footprint with the non-grocery assets in its June acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, Inc. Amazon occupancy is sure to grow even larger in coming years with the anticipated announcement of the site for its proposed $5 billion HQ2 corporate headquarters campus, which will have capacity for 50,000 employees and 8 million square feet.
The internet seller’s request for proposals (RFP) announcement set off arguably the largest economic development and business attraction scramble involving national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings in modern corporate history last summer, with Amazon revealing that it received proposals from 238 cities and regions across 54 states, provinces, and local or regional jurisdictions throughout North America. Rumors are swirling that Amazon will soon announce the short list of contenders or even the winning city.
“The number of banks and tech companies among the largest rent payers was revealing,” said CoStar Senior Research Director Corey Durant. “Who would have thought the Dept. of Justice would have the fourth-highest rent value among the 1,000 largest tenants? Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft were all near the top as one might expect. However, DaVita Healthcare, with its network of dialysis treatment centers stood out as a definite riser at #21.”
Other significant findings in the study included the high rent value in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – contributed by federal government agencies and other state, local and regional jurisdictions. Of the top 25 occupiers in total rent value, the U.S. Dept. of Justice ranked just behind Wells Fargo at #4, representing total rent value of $822 million in more than 850 facilities totaling 24.5 million square feet.
After Amazon, the #2 and #3 spots involving U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings are held by two of the nation’s largest banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Other financial institutions in the top 25 include JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and the U.S. Treasury Dept., which occupies nearly 300 properties for a total of nearly 13.5 million square feet with a rent value of about $347 million, ranking #22 among the top 1,000 occupiers.
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