Excel Trust (EXL) (NYSE:EXL) is a newly formed REIT, real estate investment trust, that is looking to invest in value-oriented retail properties. The properties are to be located in developed communities that have strong population and income growth. The company is in agreements to acquire 11 properties for $163.8 million. It is also negotiating 13 deals worth $550 million. 
The market for real estate is at a cyclically low point. The real estate capital markets have high cost of capital, and the economy is still recovering. Since the company is investing in retailers that sell consumer staples, these value-oriented retailers have performed on average better than the typical retailer. In addition, with the lack of liquidity in the capital markets, some landlords may need to sell off their distressed assets at attractive prices. Therefore, Excel Trust looks to find attractive distressed assets. 
The company's initial public offering of stock filed on the NYSE exchange and went public on 22 April 2010. The stock was offered at $14.00, below the range $16.00-$18.00. The company will raise $210 million by offering 15 million shares. 
For FY2009 with year ended 31 December 2009, the company reported $5.0 million in total revenue, up 31.6% from $3.8 million in total revenue for FY2008. Furthermore, in FY2009 the company had a net income of $243,000, an increase from a net loss of $382,000 in FY2008.