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A Flurry Of Real Estate Deals Suddenly Blankets NYC And New Jersey

A Flurry Of Real Estate Deals Suddenly Blankets NYC And New Jersey
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Two major players in U.S. real estate: The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) and Prologis Inc (NYSE: PLD) are betting on New York City office and the New Jersey industrial market, respectively.

Blackstone's Largest Core Purchase

On February 11, The Wall Street Journal reported that Blackstone had struck a deal to acquire a ~50 percent interest in six major NYC buildings which are valued at ~$4 billion from private developer RXR Realty.

"The portfolio consists of six office buildings, including 340 Madison Ave., 620 Sixth Ave., 1330 Sixth Ave. and the iconic Starrett-Lehigh Building on Manhattan's West Side," according to the WSJ report.

Blackstone had raised $3.5 billion during 2014 for its Core Real Estate fund. This fund targets stabilized assets, in contrast to distressed real estate that requires the Blackstone "fix it" approach.

This is a highly scalable business with many synergies available from Blackstone's operation of similar assets. CEO Steve Schwarzman had previously predicted that this new core real fund could reach $100 billion in AUM in the next 10 years.

The core real estate fund has a longer time horizon than a typical Blackstone 10-year closed-end fund, lower targeted IRR hurdle rates, and a lower fee structure.

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Blackstone had previously acquired 1740 Broadway in midtown Manhattan from Vornado Realty Trust for $605 million in one of its first core fund transactions last year.

Prologis New Jersey Expansion

Global logistics giant Prologis, Inc. also announced on February 11, the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of Class-A logistics and retail assets from Morris Realty Associates LLC, for an aggregate price of approximately $820 million.

Upon closing, Prologis will acquire a 100-percent occupied portfolio of 8 Class-A operating and development properties totaling 3.2 million square feet.

"Portfolios of this size, location and quality are extremely rare," said Nick Kittredge, president, Prologis East Region. "This off-market transaction follows a long-standing relationship with Morris. It will add state-of-the-art product to our portfolio in northern New Jersey and underscores the strength and appeal of our currency through our OP unit structure."

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Prologis Recycles Capital

Also included in the portfolio are 13 retail properties totaling 2.2 million square feet, which will be marketed for sale.

Earlier this week, Prologis had announced a $400 million dollar sale of a 56-acre industrial park to Facebook, Inc.

The deal with Morris Realty is expected to close in April of this year.

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