Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI) announced that it is selling Beit Mani in Tel Aviv, which forms part of the complex housing the Bank’s headquarters, for a sum of NIS 623 million to Sella REIT, a leading income-producing real estate investment company. The transaction involves two adjacent buildings at 30-36 Yehuda Halevi Street: a 13-story office tower built in the early 2000’s, as well as a building for conservation – the historical Beit Mani building, which was built in 1910 and was one of the first buildings to be erected in the Ahuzat Bayit neighborhood. The Bank is expected to record a pre-tax profit of NIS 524 million from this sale.
The sale transaction incorporates an overall area of 13 thousand sqm, in addition to an underground parking lot with more than 200 parking spaces. This is one of the most expensive and sought-after areas in Tel Aviv, considered to be the heart of Tel-Aviv’s “City”, home to a large number of financial corporations, alongside leading high-tech companies. The building is located adjacent to the Tel Aviv Light Rail Red Line, construction of which is due to be completed in 2022, and also near the Park Hamesila (the Train Track Park). Omer Ziv, Head of the Finance Division, led the transaction on behalf of Bank Leumi.
The Beit Mani sale transaction is part of an extensive strategic move that Leumi has been implementing in recent years, involving the gradual transfer of all the Bank’s entire headquarters and management units to a new headquarters established in Lod. The transfer process is due to be completed by the end of 2023.