NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On December 20, 2021, BrightSpire Capital, Inc. (NYSE: BRSP) (“BrightSpire Capital” or the “Company”), one of the largest publicly traded commercial real estate (CRE) credit REITs, closed the previously announced sale of 5 historical development and/or non-accrual assets to managed vehicles of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”), a leading, diversified global investment manager, for gross proceeds of $223 million (the “Co-Invest Portfolio Sale”). The Company received net transaction proceeds of approximately $198 million, primarily due to offsetting distributions from the underlying investments that were received by the Company between signing and closing.
“This portfolio sale accelerates our business plan to simplify the portfolio and effectively concludes BrightSpire’s portfolio rotation. We will continue to build a diversified portfolio consisting of primarily senior mortgages generating current and predictable earnings. We want to thank the team at Fortress for their commitment to the transaction and working together throughout the process to bring it to a successful conclusion,” said Andy Witt, COO of BrightSpire Capital.
The Co-Invest Portfolio Sale completed certain key objectives of the Company, including:
- Resolve Several Historical Development and/or Non-Accrual Assets – Co-Invest Portfolio Sale included (i) the four co-investments subject to the Company’s “5-Investment Preferred Financing,” which includes both Dublin, Ireland development loans and two other U.S. mixed-use and single family development loans, and (ii) a residual hotel loan equity participation interest in Austin, Texas. The Co-Invest Portfolio Sale resolved 5 (of 6) legacy co-invest assets owned alongside DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE: DBRG), previously known as Colony Capital, Inc. On December 20, 2021, Colony Capital completed its portfolio sale with Fortress that included its joint venture interests in such five underlying investments;
- Portfolio Simplification – Reduced exposure to larger scale development investments, including two in non-US markets;
- Preservation of Book Value – $223 million in gross proceeds, resolved substantially in line with the assets’ combined GAAP book value as of March 31, 2021.
About BrightSpire Capital, Inc.
BrightSpire Capital, Inc. (NYSE: BRSP), formerly Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY), is one of the largest publicly traded commercial real estate (CRE) credit REITs, focused on originating, acquiring, financing and managing a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of CRE debt investments and net leased properties predominantly in the United States. CRE debt investments primarily consist of first mortgage loans, which we expect to be the primary investment strategy. BrightSpire Capital is organized as a Maryland corporation and taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.brightspire.com.
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