Case Studies

Case Study: Smithfield Foods – Greenfield, IN

419,000 s.f.

Distribution facility

20 Years

Guaranteed absolute net lease


Avg. annual net cash return

greenfield, in

Property: 419,000 s.f. distribution center and headquarters under a long-term sale/leaseback with Smithfield Foods. Guaranteed 20 year initial lease term with additional options and expansion rights.

Tenant: Smithfield Foods is the largest producer of pork products in the world, and with a strong focus on customer service, they began looking at ways they could service their customers better than ever before.

Market: Located in Greenfield, IN, along I-70 on the east side of Indianapolis, the “Crossroads of America”.  The location allows Smithfield to distribute to the Mid-West and Northeast, as well as  accessing their production facilities, within 1-2 days drive time.

Economics: Purchased at a 6.2% capitalization rate in a sale/leaseback transaction; acquisition was based on Smithfield’s cost of construction with no developer mark-up, enabling the tenant to lower its occupancy cost. Investors are receiving an average annual net cash-on-cash return of approximately 8% over the lease term.

Smithfield Foods

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