Verizon Wireless TENANT OVERVIEW

Net Lease Advisor Tenant Verizon


  • Creditworthy tenant
  • Tenant prefers premier real estate - great intrinsic value


  • Lease termination options
  • Landlord Responsibilities for roof and structure

Tenant Description

Verizon Wireless is one of the premier wireless communication brands across the United States

Verizon’s real estate offerings follow the same general trend. Most locations sit on premier real estate with incredible visibility along high traffic retail corridors with a preference for 4,000 square foot buildings. Land requirements tend to vary between 0.80 to 1.25 acres. Verizon Wireless locations tend to have a 10 year lease in a freestanding location, however landlords and developers usually have to concede to one of a variety of early termination options. These options vary from termination in year five to seven of the lease, however the use of that option will often allow the landlord the right to recover an additional year's rent. Other terms within the lease almost exclusively require the landlord to maintain and repair the roof and structure, as well as parking areas (NN leases). In contrast to the burdensome lease language regarding landlord obligations and early termination options, Verizon Wireless provides credit, with the parent company rated BBB+ by Standard and Poor's with a stable outlook. Knowing the corporate parent is creditworthy provides a level of safety, however the actual tenant on the lease varies, as Verizon utilizes a series of Limited Partnerships to secure real estate in different regions, along with other assets such as communication hardware, licenses, and cell towers.

Many retailers are seeing their business and real estate model drastically change with the advances in technology, however Verizon remains stable in their needs for class A retail locations to serve as showrooms for their various phone and tablet offerings. Leveraging their existing footprint, Verizon has begun marking their 'Fios' brand of fiber optic cable and high speed internet services in their showrooms. As their offerings continue to expand, this should serve as a further assurance that this retail tenant will continue to evolve and maximize the opportunities available within a brick and mortar showroom.

Verizon Wireless began as a joint venture between US telecommunications firm then Bell Atlantic, now Verizon Communications and UK multinational mobile network operator Vodafone, with a 55 and 45 percent ownership respectively. In 2014, Verizon Communications bought out Vodafone’s stake. Verizon Wireless is currently the largest wireless provider with 145.7 million customers, as of Q4 2016. In 2016, Verizon’s hit $126 B and #13 on the Fortune 500. Verizon Wireless's legal name is Cellco Partnership but is commonly referred to and branded as Verizon.

Average Cap Rate
12 mo avg with 10+ yr lease term
Average Property & Lease
Average Sale Price $2,188,324
NOI $126,429
$/Square Foot $400 - $700
Building SF 2,600 - 4,500
Lot Size 0.8 - 1.2 Acres
Lease Term 10 Years
Escalations None
Stock Symbol VZ
Credit Rating
Moody's Baa1
Average Cap Rate Trend
Rates reflect last 12 mos, short and long-term
Recent Sales Comps
Madisonville, KY 7.45%
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