SL Green Completes Sale of Two New York Assets for $508M

by Haisten Willis

NEW YORK CITY — SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), New York City’s largest commercial property owner, has completed the sale of two properties with a total value of $508 million.

The first sale is the leased fee interest in 885 Third Ave. in Manhattan, also known as “The Lipstick Building,” for a gross sales price of $453 million, or $713 per square foot.

The deal was originally announced in October. A partnership between Ceruzzi Properties and Shanhai Municipal Investment USA is the buyer, according to the Commercial Observer, a New York-based publication covering commercial real estate transactions.

SL Green acquired the leased fee interest in 885 Third Ave. in a joint venture in 2007 at a gross asset valuation of $317 million and fully consolidated its position in 2010 at a valuation of $352 million.

As part of the transaction, SL Green will retain a preferred equity position. The sale, executed at a capitalization rate of 3.8 percent, will generate net proceeds to SL Green of approximately $45 million.

The second sale is the company’s 90 percent stake in the residential condominium at 248-252 Bedford Ave., a 72-unit multifamily building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at a gross asset valuation of $55 million, or $1,242 per square foot.

The deal was originally announced in December. SL Green acquired its interest in the 44,279-square-foot property, along with 12 townhomes, for $54.9 million in 2012. The company has since sold off the 12 townhomes for gross sales totaling $25.5 million. SL Green will retain its interest in the building’s street-level retail condominium, which comprises 51,470 square feet.

SL Green, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust that focuses primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of Dec. 31, 2015, SL Green held interests in 121 Manhattan buildings totaling 48.3 million square feet.

This includes ownership interests in 30.5 million square feet of commercial buildings and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 17.8 million square feet of buildings. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds ownership interests in 33 suburban buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet in Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey.

SL Green’s stock price closed on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at $81.19 per share, down from $127.46 one year ago.

— Haisten Willis

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