New York, NY, October 25, 2012 — SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) today announced an agreement to sell a 49.5% equity interest in 521 Fifth Avenue for $72 million to Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, a venture between Quantum Global Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management. The transaction is expected to close before year-end 2012.
Upon closing, the Company anticipates it will refinance the in-place $150 million mortgage with a new $170 million mortgage financing. SL Green will receive approximately $86 million in net proceeds from the completed transaction.
521 Fifth Avenue, a boutique office building located on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 43rd Street, was initially acquired by a joint venture led by SL Green in 2006 with SL Green taking full ownership in 2011.
Andrew Mathias, President of SL Green, commented, “The partial sale unlocks proceeds we intend to use to fuel our continued growth and allows us to benefit from the potential of this well located, top-quality asset. We look forward to continuing our successful track record of building value for joint venture partners with Quantum Global and LaSalle. This investment again highlights Manhattan’s extraordinary appeal to leading institutional investors.”
Antoine Castro, Managing Director of Quantum Global Real Estate, said, “This reinforces Plaza’s commitment to buying core properties in leading locations. It also underlines our strategy to acquire value-preserving premium assets. We are enthusiastic about partnering with New York’s premier office landlord in this iconic property.”
Simon Marrison, Europe CEO, LaSalle Investment Management, added, “We are very excited that 521 Fifth Avenue is Plaza’s first investment in New York City. It is a great location for office and retail tenants alike, and we have a strong partner in SL Green. We expect it to be a long-term quality investment.”
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and there can be no assurance as to when the conditions precedent contemplated in the sale agreement will be fulfilled, or that the transaction will be consummated.
Eastdil Secured represented SL Green in the pending transaction.
About SL Green Realty Corp.
SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of September 30, 2012, SL Green owned interests in 77 Manhattan properties totaling 39.3 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 27.5 million square feet of commercial properties and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 11.8 million square feet of properties. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds ownership interests in 31 suburban assets totaling 5.4 million square feet in Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey, along with four development properties in the suburbs encompassing approximately 0.5 million square feet. The Company also has ownership interests in 31 properties totaling 4.5 million square feet in southern California.
About Plaza Global Real Estate Partners
Plaza Global Real Estate Partners is targeting predominantly core real estate assets: quality long-term investments in excess of $100 million located in major mature real estate markets around the world. Initial focus is expected to be on Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The venture will seek to make investments on its own and also as part of club arrangements with like-minded institutional investors.
The multi-disciplinary team is being led by experienced industry veterans, including Quantum Global owner Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais and LaSalle’s global CEO Jeff Jacobson, working with senior members of the Quantum Global team and Simon Marrison, Head and Chief Investment Officer of LaSalle’s European private equity business, who will lead LaSalle’s initiative in the venture.
About Quantum Global
Quantum Global is a group of internationally active companies in the fields of finance, asset and private wealth management, real estate development and investment consulting with over $8 billion of assets under management. Quantum Global Real Estate and Quantum Global Investment Management are focused on investment and asset management for central banks and sovereign wealth funds, whereas Quantum Global Private Wealth provides asset management services for high-net-worth individuals. Quantum Global Corporate Services provides advisory in the fields of finance, legal matters, marketing & communication and human resources. For more information, visit www.quantumglobal.ch.
About LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management, Inc., a member of the Jones Lang LaSalle group (NYSE: JLL), is a leading global real estate investment manager, with approximately $47billion of assets under management of private and public property equity investments. LaSalle is active across a range of real estate capital and operating markets including private and public, debt and equity and our clients include public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. For more information, visit www.lasalle.com.
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