BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW) today announced a series of separate multifamily transactions totaling $363 million including: the acquisition of Alara Hedges Creek, a 408 unit apartment community built in 1998 in a suburb of Portland, Oregon for $93 million; the disposition of The Grove, a 331 unit apartment community built in 1964 in San Jose, California for $96 million; and a $175 million refinance of Bella Vista at Hilltop, a 1,008 unit apartment community built in 1988 located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“These transactions allowed us to harvest gains, improve the quality of our portfolio and lock in attractive long term financing”
“These transactions allowed us to harvest gains, improve the quality of our portfolio and lock in attractive long term financing,” said Kurt Zech, President of Kennedy Wilson Multifamily Investments. “We were able to generate excess capital through these transactions while growing the cash flow of our portfolio.”
On Thursday, Kennedy Wilson acquired 100% of Alara Hedges Creek for $93 million, securing a $60 million 10-year fixed rate loan from Freddie Mac at 3.59%, interest-only for 5 years. The loan’s interest rate was locked in October. The $33 million equity investment was primarily funded from the net sale proceeds of The Academy, a 175,000 sq. ft. office building in North Hollywood, CA, which was sold in October. Alara Hedges Creek is a low-density garden style community situated on 20 acres. The property is located in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, near an abundance of upscale retail destinations, recreation and entertainment options. Kennedy Wilson’s value-add asset management strategy includes unit renovations with upgrades to the appliances, countertops and flooring.
On Wednesday, Kennedy Wilson and its partner sold The Grove for $96 million, generating $58 million in net proceeds, including $29 million to the company which equates to a 5.0x equity multiple over the life of the investment. Kennedy Wilson held a 50% ownership interest in The Grove.
On Wednesday, Kennedy Wilson refinanced Bella Vista at Hilltop, a wholly-owned asset, with a new $175 million 10 year fixed-rate loan at 3.50% from Fannie Mae, interest-only for the entire term. The loan’s interest rate was locked in September. The property previously had two loans totaling $126 million at an average interest rate of 4.6%, of which $91 million was due to mature in June 2017. This represented the company’s largest debt maturity in 2017.
About Kennedy Wilson
Kennedy Wilson (NYSE:KW) is a global real estate investment company. We own, operate, and invest in real estate both on our own and through our investment management platform. We focus on multifamily and commercial properties located in the Western U.S., UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Japan. To complement our investment business, the Company also provides real estate services primarily to financial services clients. For further information on Kennedy Wilson, please visit www.kennedywilson.com.
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