GIC, Paramount Group buy 60 Wall Street for $1.04 bln

GIC and Paramount Group Inc said Jan. 24 that they have formed a joint venture which has acquired 60 Wall Street for $1.04 billion or about $640 per square foot. The joint venture completed a $575 million financing of the property. The property, 60 Wall Street, is a 47-story, 1.6 million square foot office tower in the Financial District of Downtown Manhattan. It is 100 percent leased and serves as the U.S. headquarters of Deutsche Bank. In the joint venture, Paramount will own 5 percent of the property and will continue to serve as the property’s manager. GIC will have 95 percent.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) (“Paramount”) announced today that they have formed a 95%/5% joint venture which has acquired 60 Wall Street for $1.04 billion, or approximately $640 per square foot. In connection with the acquisition, the joint venture completed a $575 million financing of the property.
60 Wall Street is a 47-story, 1.6 million square foot, LEED Silver, Class A office tower in the Financial District of Downtown Manhattan. The property is 100% leased to, and serves as the U.S. Headquarters of, Deutsche Bank. Prior to the acquisition, Paramount managed and owned approximately 5% of the property through its ownership in certain private equity funds. Subsequent to the acquisition, Paramount will maintain its 5% ownership interest and continue to serve as the property’s manager.
Adam Gallistel, Regional Head of Americas, GIC, said, “This investment reflects our long-term confidence in Downtown Manhattan which is benefitting from over $30B of recent public and private investments in infrastructure and new construction. We believe 60 Wall Street is one of the top buildings in Downtown and is poised to benefit from the ongoing downtown renaissance. We are also very happy to expand our partnership with Paramount, which is among the leading owners, operators and managers of Class A office properties in the U.S.”
Albert Behler, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Paramount, said, “We are thrilled to enter into this new joint venture with GIC, one of the preeminent owners and operators of real estate in the world. We believe GIC’s commitment to 60 Wall Street is reflective of its confidence in Paramount’s management team and the strength of the New York City real estate market.”
About GIC
GIC is a leading global investment firm with well over $100 billion in assets under management. Established in 1981 to secure the financial future of Singapore, the firm manages Singapore’s foreign reserves. A disciplined long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including real estate, private equity, equities and fixed income. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,300 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information about GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg.
About Paramount Group, Inc.
Headquartered in New York City, Paramount Group, Inc. is a fully-integrated real estate investment trust that owns, operates, manages, acquires and redevelops high-quality, Class A office properties located in select central business district submarkets of New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Paramount is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging the sought after locations of its assets and its proven property management capabilities to attract and retain high-quality tenants.
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