NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq:RMR) today announced the acquisition of the business of Tremont Realty Capital LLC, or Tremont, a firm that specializes in commercial real estate finance. Tremont principally raises debt and equity capital for owners of commercial real estate and serves as a manager of funds invested in commercial real estate loans. Since its founding in 2000, Tremont has completed over $4.6 billion worth of commercial real estate transactions and currently has over $200 million of real estate loans under management. Tremont is headquartered in Boston, MA and has offices in: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Newport Beach, CA; Hartford, CT; and Annapolis, MD.
RMR’s majority owned subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC, acquired the assets of Tremont for an upfront purchase price of $2.2 million, excluding transaction costs. Tremont also has the right to receive an “earn out” over the next two years based on a portion of payments that RMR receives from Tremont’s historical business.
“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Tremont, RMR’s first acquisition since becoming a public company in December 2015,” said Adam Portnoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMR. “We believe that the commercial real estate finance business is a logical extension of our existing operations and may provide RMR with a platform for additional growth. We also think this acquisition may enable RMR to participate in what we believe is a growing need for lending to middle market commercial real estate borrowers at a time when banks and certain other traditional commercial real estate lenders have pulled back from this market as a result of increased regulation of their businesses. We welcome the Tremont team to RMR, and look forward to supporting their growth and expanding their operations as part of our company.”
“We are pleased that RMR recognizes the value of our platform, and we are excited about the opportunities that this transaction will provide for our business and our employees,” said Richard Gallitto and Daniel Mee, co-founders of Tremont who are joining RMR as Senior Vice Presidents. “With the support of RMR’s resources and scale, we believe that we may be positioned to expand our business and take advantage of favorable trends in the middle market commercial real estate lending marketplace. We thank our employees for their hard work and dedication to our business over the years, and look forward to our next chapter as part of RMR.”
The CenterCap Group, LLC served as advisor to Tremont in this transaction.
ABOUT THE RMR GROUP
The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC. The RMR Group LLC is an alternative asset management company that primarily provides management services to publicly traded REITs and real estate operating companies. As of June 30, 2016, The RMR Group LLC had approximately $23.4 billion of real estate assets under management, including more than 1,300 properties, and employed over 400 real estate professionals in 30 offices throughout the United States; the companies managed by The RMR Group LLC collectively had over 50,000 employees. The RMR Group Inc. is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.
ABOUT TREMONT REALTY CAPITAL
Tremont Realty Capital will operate as a separate division of The RMR Group LLC that specializes in commercial real estate finance. Tremont will principally raise debt and equity capital for owners of commercial real estate and serve as a manager of funds invested in commercial real estate loans. For more information about Tremont Realty Capital, please visit www.tremontcapital.com.
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