Real Estate Finance & Investment - July 17, 2009
Houlihan Lokey has launched the sale of a 23 office buildings totaling 7.1 million square feet on behalf of J.P. Morgan. The portfolio, the largest single offering of office buildings so far this year, includes the 2.2 million-square-foot One Chase Manhattan Plaza and the 1.1 million-square-foot 4 New York Plaza in Manhattan. Also offered is a 865,000-square-foot condominium interest in 45-story Chase Center Seattle and 712 Main St., a 35-story 794,000-square-foot art deco tower in Houston. The bank will consider offers for the whole portfolio, regional pools or single assets.
J.P. Morgan plans to lease back about 60% of the space, including seven buildings that are fully leased to the bank. An investor familiar with the offering speculated the sale may be a move to reorganize the bank's investments following its acquisitions of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.
Market players said it would be difficult to assess the portfolio's value like 'throwing darts,' as one put it given uncertainty about the rent rolls, the seller's motivation, whether J.P. Morgan will offer seller financing and a lack of recent comparable sales.
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