VEREIT Selling Cole Capital to CIM Group Affiliate for As Much As $200 Million

CEO Rufrano Says Exit from Nontraded REITs Will Enable Greater Concentrate On Net Lease Business

Cole Property Earnings Method (Daily NAV), Inc., among 5 REITs managed by Cole Capital, has obtained numerous retail portfolios and freestanding homes in 2017, including this Wal-Mart shop in Liberty Plaza in Randallstown, MD.

. In a relocate to focus on its realty portfolio, VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE: VER)has agreed to sell nonlisted REIT operator Cole Capital to an affiliate of Los Angeles-based CIM Group, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $200 million.

Phoenix-based Cole Capital has $7.6 billion in assets under management and sponsors five public non-traded REITs, including Cole Credit Home Trust IV, Inc., Cole Credit Property Trust V, Inc., Cole Real Estate Earnings Technique (Daily NAV), Inc., Cole Workplace & & Industrial REIT (CCIT II), Inc. and Cole Office & & Industrial REIT (CCIT III), Inc.

. VEREIT may get up to $200 million in the deal, consisted of $120 million money paid at the closing of the sale and as much as $80 million in costs to be paid under a six-year services agreement based upon Cole’s future earnings.

The services agreement needs VEREIT to supply operational realty assistance to Cole Capital, one of the leading sponsors serving independent broker-dealers and signed up investment advisors, for about a year, among other conditions. VEREIT expects the transaction to close at the end of the current quarter or during the very first quarter of 2018.

The deal makes it possible for VEREIT to simplify its company model and focus on its varied single-tenant property portfolio, stated CEO Glenn Rufrano. CIM co-founder and primary Richard Ressler said including net/finance lease offerings would match CIM’s real estate platforms and existing relationships with institutional financiers and retail investors.

CIM Group, an urban real estate and infrastructure fund manager with approximately $18.1 billion of properties under management, was founded in 1994. With headquarters in Los Angeles, CIM operates regional offices in New york city City, Oakland, CA, Bethesda, MD, and Dallas.

While VEREIT had actually not marketed Cole Capital for sale, numerous major organizations anticipating to obtain into the nontraded REIT business approached the business about Cole three months earlier.

“We chose there was a big sufficient group that we would very silently captivate offers,” Rufrano told financiers in a conference call soon after revealing the deal on Monday. “We discovered a scenario where the pricing and the chemistry in between us worked.”

Rufrano, whose previous positions consist of global CEO of Cushman & & Wakefield and president of Australian shopping center owner Centro Properties took over the helm of VEREIT leader American Real estate Capital Residence Inc. (ARCP), after discoveries of accounting improprieties required the departure of ARCP founder Nicholas Schorsch and other senior executives.

In addition to pruning VEREIT’s portfolio and enhancing its balance sheet, one of Rufrano’s primary goals has been to reconstruct the worth and investment-grade status of the Cole Capital brand name.

Rufrano acknowledged to financiers during VEREIT’s latest quarterly earnings conference that the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary guideline has actually created “hiccups” and clearly hurt capital raising for the nontraded REIT sector.

That stated, VEREIT’s success in growing the variety of offering contracts and monetary consultants marketing the nonlisted REITs has actually permitted Cole Capital to increase its sales market share from 4.3% in the very first quarter to 8.3% in the most recent quarter, with Cetera Financial Group resuming the sale of Cole items this year, Rufrano noted.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as the exclusive monetary advisor to VEREIT in the transaction with CIM Group.

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