Keppel, KBS Forming New REIT to Acquire $800 Million U.S. Office Portfolio

Singapore-based Keppel Corp. has actually received approval to launch a brand-new REIT on the Singapore Exchange and has reached an offer for that REIT to get 11 U.S. office properties from Newport Beach, CA-based KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT, a nontraded REIT.

The homes have actually not been specifically identified nor has a last purchase price been set. However, KBS presently values the portfolio at $800 million with $400 million in arrearage, inning accordance with a KBS bondholder filing in Israel.

The preliminary portfolio will include workplace residential or commercial properties in markets consisting of Seattle, Houston and Denver, according to a Singapore filing by Keppel.

In those markets, KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT currently owns:

Bellevue Innovation Center– Bellevue, WA– 330,508 square feet– valued at $85.9 million;
1800 West Loop– Houston– 400,101– $73.6 million;
West Loop I & & II– Houston– 313,873– $41.4 million;
Westmoor Center– Westminster, CO– 612,890– $82.4 million;
Central Building– Seattle– 191,705– $35.4 million;
Westpark Portfolio– Redmond, WA– 778,472– $129.9 million; and
Plaza Structures– Bellevue– 490,994– $199.2 million.

KBS Strategic Chance REIT also owns workplace properties in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Folsom, CA, and Orlando.

After the Singapore deal, KBS Strategic Chance REIT expects to maintain a 9.5% ownership interest in the SREIT.

The SREIT will be externally handled by a joint venture in between KBS Capital co-founders Keith D. Hall and Peter McMillan III and Keppel Capital Holding. Keppel Capital has actually agreed to pay $27.5 million for its 50% share in Keppel-KBS US REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which will manage the new SREIT to be called Keppel-KBS United States REIT.

Keppel-KBS US REIT will have a financial investment technique of investing, directly or indirectly, in additional commercial residential or commercial properties in crucial growth markets of the United States

“With growing need by global financiers for U.S. realty financial investments in view of the continued steady and sustainable growth of the United States economy, this joint endeavor will offer Keppel with a tactical platform to broaden its geographical footprint in the United States market,” Keppel stated in its Singapore filing.

KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT expects to use most of the earnings from the transaction to acquire new residential or commercial properties. Last month, KBS Strategic Chance REIT acquired 125 John Carpenter Freeway, an office residential or commercial property including two office complex totaling 442,039 rentable square feet in Irving, TX for $83.4 million plus closing expenses.

The Singapore transaction undergoes a number of conditions, including the SREIT getting the essential capital, which might not be raised from U.S. financiers, to obtain the homes. Nevertheless, Keppel said the sale transaction is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

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