RED BANK, N.J. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: HOV), a leading national homebuilder, and GTIS Partners LP, an international real estate private equity firm headquartered in New York City, announced today that they have entered into a joint venture agreement to acquire a portfolio of homebuilding communities.
The venture intends to design, construct and sell homes on the properties, which are located on approximately 2,340 lots across thirteen communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina and Virginia, and expects the proceeds from home sales to exceed $1.0 billion in revenues. The first tranche of the joint venture, consisting of eight communities, has closed.
Approximately $160 million of capital will be invested in the joint venture, with Hovnanian contributing 25% and GTIS Partners providing 75%. Hovnanian will manage the day-to-day operations of the venture.
“We are extremely pleased to announce another partnership with GTIS Partners,” commented Ara Hovnanian, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. “Our two firms have developed a strong working relationship through our previous ventures and we look forward to continued success working together.”
Tom Shapiro, President of GTIS Partners said, “We are excited to enter into another joint venture with Hovnanian. Ara and his team have been first-class institutional partners and, to date, GTIS has invested with Hovnanian in a total of 21 communities comprised of approximately 3,400 homes and lots. We are thrilled about the prospects of this latest investment.”
Noted Robert Vahradian, Senior Managing Director and Head of US Investments for GTIS Partners. “The portfolio represents a diverse mix of geographies, product types and price points, and has a significant concentration of finished and partially-finished lots, with communities in some of the strongest residential sub-markets in the country.”
Ed McDowell, Managing Director at GTIS Partners commented, “This investment underscores our belief that, while the health of the U.S. housing market has improved along with the general economy, a persistent shortage of new home supply remains, and affordability levels should allow for continued strength in the housing market.”
ABOUT HOVANIAN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. The company is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The company's homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian® Homes®, Brighton Homes®, and Parkwood Builders. As the developer of K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons, the Company is also one of the nation's largest builders of active lifestyle communities.
Additional information on Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., including a summary investment profile and the Company’s 2015 annual report, can be accessed through the “Investor Relations” section of the Hovnanian Enterprises’ website at http://www.khov.com. To be added to Hovnanian's investor e-mail or fax lists, please send an e-mail to IR@khov.com or sign up at http://www.khov.com.
ABOUT GTIS PARTNERS
GTIS Partners is a global real estate investment firm headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, São Paulo, Brazil, Paris, France, and Munich. GTIS Partners has 83 employees and currently has approximately $3.3 billion of assets under management. To date, the firm has committed capital to residential, retail, industrial, office, hotel and mixed-use projects in the U.S. and Brazil. In the U.S., GTIS has committed over $1.3 billion of equity and debt to 85 projects in 22 states. In Brazil, GTIS has invested in 90 assets comprised of approximately 13,000 residential units, 500,000 square meters of office and industrial space, and over 9,800 hotel rooms acquired, managed, or under development. By combining hands-on real estate expertise with a disciplined investment approach, GTIS Partners helps create value for its investors and partners. The firm pursues opportunistic real estate investments through direct equity investment and non-traditional lending activities and the firm relies on macro-research as well as the hands-on industry knowledge of its experienced investment and asset management teams. For further information, please visit www.gtispartners.com.
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