Smash Hit Deal Offers Brookfield Stake in $1.9 Billion Apartment Or Condo Portfolio

Funding Deal Recaps a Carmel Partners’ Seven-Property Portfolio from Hawaii to New York

Image of 801 S. Olive St. in downtown Los Angeles.

In what is likely to be one of the largest multifamily deals of the year, a system of Brookfield Possession Management has actually obtained a 49 percent stake in a nationwide portfolio of apartment buildings owned by Carmel Partners for $914 million, which values the complete portfolio at $1.865 billion.

The offer, which closed last month, is a recapitalization of a Carmel Partners’ portfolio that consists of 3,864-units in seven high-end multifamily residential or commercial properties in California, Hawaii and New York City.

The acquisition was made as part of Brookfield’s U.S. core-plus technique that targets top quality homes in prominent markets throughout the country. The fund support that financial investment method introduced in December 2016.

“A number of these markets are markets where Brookfield has a significant operating service already,” said Matthew Cherry, senior vice president of investor relations and communications at Brookfield Home Group. “We have been growing in city multifamily in the past two to three years and this was an unique opportunity to release capital in that method” to obtain more assets in that arena.

Carmel Partners will maintain bulk control of the homes but the offer provides Toronto-based real estate financial investment firm Brookfield a sizable ownership position. The firms will run the properties in a joint-venture collaboration, Cherry stated.

Carmel had been marketing the portfolio stake through Eastdil Guaranteed.

Stephen Basham, senior market analyst at CoStar Group Inc., which publishes CoStar News, said the offer certainly counts as a smash hit.

“It’s an enormous offer, both in terms of dollar volume and the profile of the communities included,” Basham stated. “For perspective on the size of the deal, there are just 18 markets, from the 300-plus we track, where more than $2 billion in home sales were taped over the previous year. By itself, this trade will account for more [sales] volume than a great deal of whole cities will tape in a year.”

Four of the 7 high-end apartment or condo properties are located in Los Angeles.

The last comparable mega-deal like this in L.A. was finished by House Financial investment and Management Co. in the Mid-Wilshire location in 2015 when the Denver-based firm bought a 47 percent interest in a 1,400-unit, three-multifamily property portfolio, including the 521-unit Palazzo at Park La Brea, owned by J.P. Morgan Asset management for $451 million.

Each of the Carmel Partners residential or commercial properties in the bigger single deal, which was formerly reported by Real Offer, was ascribed a particular cost.

The residential or commercial properties associated with the new joint venture with Brookfield include:

Downtown Los Angeles’ Eighth and Grand, a three-year-old, 700-unit apartment complex at 770 S. Grand Ave. that is well-known for its Whole Foods on the ground floor, which was allocated a list price of $374 million
Atlier, a 363-unit apartment built last year at 801 S. Olive St. in downtown L.A.’s South Park location, designated for $280 million
Adler, a 338-unit complex at 19401 Parthenia St. in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Northridge built in 2016, assigned for $113 million
Altana Apartments, a 507-unit apartment 540 N. Central Ave., constructed in 2015 in the Los Angeles city of Glendale, allocated for $256 million
Vintage, which was built in 2015 and consists of 345 systems, in Pleasanton, California for $187 million
A beachfront 1,457-unit residential or commercial property in the Ewa Beach area of Oahu, Hawaii at 5100 Iroquois called Kapilina, designated for $540 million. Built in 1967 and refurbished in 2003, the property covers 1.77 million square feet.
A 32-story, 157-unit tower built in 2001 at 15 Cliff St. in New York City’s Financial District, assigned for $115 million

The portfolio of properties boast high-occupancy and the majority of the buildings have some of the greatest quality finishes and features in their markets. The portfolio’s systems in downtown Los Angeles are amongst the most leading of any built in the marketplace throughout this last cycle, Basham added.

That definitely was an engaging part of the deal for Brookfield.

“From an investment perspective, it was unique chance to invest in a high-quality multifamily portfolio at a discount-to-replacement expense, which is always an appealing target within our financial investment technique,” stated Cherry. “We do see significant growth in the assets over the next 5 years through continued lease up of the portfolio.”

Carmel Partners declined to discuss the offer.

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