Commercial Lending in U.S. Remains Strong in 2019

CBRE | May 07, 2019

According to CBRE Research, commercial real estate lending activity in the U.S. was strong in the first quarter of 2019, with equity and debt markets calmed by the Federal Reserve's decision to hold firm on rates. The CBRE Lending Momentum Index, which tracks the pace of commercial loan closings in the U.S, was relatively unaffected in Q1 2019 reaching 239 an increase of 17.9 percent year-over-year. "Despite recent volatility in the debt and equity markets, the Fed's decision to leave borrowing costs unchanged has created a favorable commercial lending environment and activity has remained robust. The resulting relatively flat yield curve has given borrowers many options to consider between fixed and floating rate structures," said Brian Stoffers, Global President of Debt & Structured Finance for CBRE Capital Markets.

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Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Announce a Multifamily Preferred Equity Partnership

Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners, Inc. | September 15, 2021

Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with Ivanhoé Cambridge, a Canadian real estate company with assets around the globe, to form a programmatic joint venture. The joint venture will make preferred equity investments in multifamily, student housing, and manufactured housing properties throughout the United States. Its strategy will focus on identifying opportunities with stabilized properties, primarily in top 25 MSAs, with a range of three- to ten-year investment horizons. The venture aims to address the growing need for flexible gap financing at an attractive cost of capital amidst a low cap rate, high-liquidity capital markets environment in the residential space. "We're excited to grow our relationship with Ivanhoé Cambridge through this program by capitalizing on the low cap rate, high-liquidity conditions driving demand for gap financing in the market today," said Sam Isaacson, President of Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners. "Our product is designed to help sponsors achieve their desired leverage targets with incremental proceeds at a much lower cost of capital than common equity. Ivanhoé Cambridge is a world-class institution, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership together." "This partnership with Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners is part of our broader strategy to further diversify our U.S. residential investment portfolio across markets and risk spectrum," said Charles-Antoine Lussier, Senior Vice President, Investments, Residential and Hotels at Ivanhoé Cambridge. "Walker & Dunlop is a market leader for multifamily financing with a nationwide network. We have worked with them for many years, and we are glad to expand our existing relationship to provide incremental proceeds and more flexibility across the capital structure." About Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners ("WDIP," f.k.a. JCR Capital Investment Corporation) is an alternative investment manager that provides capital solutions to middle-market commercial real estate sponsors. Investing on behalf of insurance companies, public pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, and high-net worth individuals, WDIP partners with sponsors whose transactions are in need of financing but are under-served by institutional capital. The Denver, Colorado-based firm's investment vehicles focus on opportunistic, value-add, and income-oriented commercial real estate strategies. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Walker & Dunlop, one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States, WDIP has unmatched access to proprietary resources and market intelligence. This partnership offers clients unique, real-time insights into market movements, valuation, pricing, and underwriting. About Ivanhoé Cambridge Ivanhoé Cambridge develops and invests in high-quality real estate properties, projects and companies that are shaping the urban fabric in dynamic cities around the world. It does so responsibly, with a view to generate long-term performance. Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to creating living spaces that foster the well-being of people and communities, while reducing its environmental footprint. Ivanhoé Cambridge invests internationally alongside strategic partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, the Company holds interests in more than 1,100 buildings, primarily in the industrial and logistics, office, residential and retail sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held C$60,4 billion in real estate assets as at December 31, 2020 and is a real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), a global investment group. About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop is the largest provider of capital to the multifamily industry in the United States and the fourth largest lender on all commercial real estate including industrial, office, retail, and hospitality. Walker & Dunlop enables real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities where Americans live, work, shop and play to life. The power of our people, premier brand, and industry-leading technology make us more insightful and valuable to our clients, providing an unmatched experience every step of the way. With over 1,000 employees across every major U.S. market, Walker & Dunlop has consistently been named one of Fortune's Great Places to Work® and is committed to making the commercial real estate industry more inclusive and diverse while creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities.

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Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. Acquires Industrial and Grocery-Anchored Retail Properties

Invesco | February 21, 2022

Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. ("INREIT"), an institutionally managed public non-listed REIT, announced today the acquisition of an industrial property and a grocery-anchored retail property. The combined purchase price was $94 million, bringing the gross assets of the INREIT portfolio to more than $850 million. There continues to be strong demand for the industrial sector, which is benefiting from both secular and cyclical tailwinds. Investing in industrial properties is a strategic objective for INREIT and we are committed to finding the best ideas within the sector, We continue to have strong convictions that physical retail, such as grocery-anchored properties, have a role to play in portfolios and our approach remains selective when evaluating opportunities." R. Scott Dennis, President and Chief Executive Officer for INREIT. INREIT acquired a 95% interest in an industrial warehouse facility in the Columbus metropolitan area, where the market vacancy rate is currently below 2% for bulk distribution space. Built in 2000, the 378,283 square foot distribution facility is 100% leased. The property benefits from proximity to the international airport and rail, allowing for same-day and next-day deliveries throughout much of the country since Columbus is a one-day drive from 60% of the U.S. population. 2919-2999 Lewis Centre Way represents INREIT's fourth industrial investment, deepening its activity in the sector. This industrial asset brings INREIT's industrial portfolio to over $85 million, providing a durable income stream with long-term leases. This acquisition is part of a joint venture with Trident Capital Group. INREIT acquired a 100% interest in Cortlandt Crossing, a newly constructed, high-quality grocery-anchored shopping center located in Westchester, New York. Built in 2019, the 122,225 square foot grocery center is 95% leased with strong, name brand anchors, including ShopRite and HomeSense, an affiliate of the TJX Companies. INREIT's approach to the retail sector remains highly selective, with a focus on healthy demographics, high-quality trade areas and defensive grocery-anchored assets. About INREIT Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. ("INREIT") is an institutionally managed public non-listed NAV REIT investing in a diversified portfolio of high-quality, income-producing properties located throughout the United States. Its thematic approach to investing focuses on where people consume, live, innovate and connect. INREIT seeks to invest in properties with resilient income and appreciation potential. INREIT expects to diversify its portfolio over time, including on a global basis. INREIT is managed by Invesco Advisers, Inc., a subsidiary of Invesco Ltd. and the registered investment adviser for Invesco Real Estate, the real estate investment center of Invesco Ltd.

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Smart Building Pioneer Brivo to Become Publicly Traded Company Through Merger With Crown PropTech Acquisitions

RentPath | November 10, 2021

Brivo, Inc., the global leader in cloud-based access control and smart building technologies, and Crown PropTech Acquisitions (NYSE:CPTK) (“Crown”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Brivo becoming a publicly listed company. The transaction values the company at a pro forma enterprise value of $808 million. Upon closing, the combined company will operate as Brivo, and its Class A common stock is expected to be listed under the ticker symbol “BRVS.” This strategic business combination will enable Brivo to leverage Crown’s experience and relationships as an owner and operator of commercial real estate to accelerate market expansion. Since its founding in 1999, Brivo has pioneered and defined the cloud-based access control category. Brivo’s leadership was instrumental in transforming the security industry, which at the time was dominated by on-premise client-server technology, and has achieved remarkable growth with the innovative cloud-based hardware and software solutions it began rolling out in 2002. Today, Brivo builds and sells Software-as-a-Service-based (SaaS) building access management services and innovative connected devices to enterprises and property owners through over 1,500 channel partners. These partners provide local sales, service and installation across all classes of commercial real estate including office, industrial, multifamily and retail properties. As it continues to scale, Brivo expects to benefit from the dramatic increase in smart space adoption driven by the PropTech boom, the growing customer preference for cloud-based services, the new normal in safety and health, and a shift in security integrator channel sentiment – which has swung from 20% to 75% in favor of the cloud over the last five years. Brivo has become the single largest access control system in the world, serving a large, diversified global customer base of more than 44,500 customer accounts comprising over 300 million square feet of commercial property, 330,000 doors and 23 million credentialed Brivo users across 42 countries, all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Corporations and owners and operators of commercial real estate that use Brivo’s technology and services include Greystar, Whole Foods, NTT, DocuSign and Realogy. Brivo’s foundational platform for smart spaces includes access management, sensor monitoring, visual awareness, visitor and delivery management, and AI-driven data analytics, providing customers with all the core functionality required to operate, glean valuable insights, and optimize the performance of their buildings. Brivo’s sustained double-digit annual growth has been driven by constant innovation coupled with a focused land and expand strategy that has successfully increased annual recurring revenue over time by scaling customer adoption of products and services. The company’s extensive channel partner ecosystem is a key differentiator that allows Brivo to achieve attractive unit economics that drive highly productive and profitable customer relationships, with a compelling lifetime value (LTV) to customer acquisition cost (CAC) ratio of 6.1x. The company has significant organic growth opportunities with strong visibility into future financial performance from its high-retention SaaS-based model. “As an owner and operator of a sizable portfolio of commercial properties, we recognize the significant value Brivo brings to the ecosystem, and we believe there is a compelling opportunity to leverage our experience and relationships to further establish the company as the pre-eminent provider of cloud-based access control and smart building technology. Brivo has demonstrated its value through its strong subscription revenues, retention rates, network of channel partners, and successful land and expand strategy, creating a highly loyal customer base. We look forward to supporting Steve and the team as they advance their strategic priorities.” - Richard Chera, Chairman and CEO of Crown PropTech Acquisitions Transaction Overview Golub Capital Credit Opportunities has agreed to lead a $75 million convertible note PIPE in the combined company that will close concurrently with the business combination subject to satisfaction of related conditions. Eagle Eye Networks is also a strategic investor in the PIPE. There is approximately $276 million currently held in Crown’s trust account, subject to any redemptions by Crown shareholders. Existing Brivo shareholders will roll over 100 percent of their equity, retaining 69 percent ownership in the pro forma company. Assuming no redemptions, Crown shareholders will own approximately 31 percent of the combined company. “We are excited to provide a highly structured and flexible financing solution to support Brivo, the market-leading provider of cloud-based access control solutions in the enterprise and commercial segments. We think Brivo’s strong management team, coupled with Crown’s deep experience in real estate and the leadership of a proven serial technology entrepreneur like Dean Drako make for a world-class combination.” - Marko Soldo, Head of Golub Capital Credit Opportunities. The business combination will provide Brivo with up to $304 million of capital to advance its mission of delivering the highest quality products and services to protect its customers and to fuel growth via the expansion of sales and marketing, customer acquisition, SaaS service expansion and product development, with the actual amount of capital provided depending on the level of redemptions by Crown shareholders. The company has substantial runway within its current user base and a focused commercial strategy to drive market penetration and upselling. Brivo expects to generate $417 million in revenue and an annualized $290 million in annual recurring revenue in 2025, representing 2021E to 2025E CAGRs of 55% and 70%, respectively. Brivo's proven management team – including Van Till, COO John Szczygiel, CFO Mike Voslow and CTO Jeff Nielsen – will continue to operate and manage the combined company following the transaction. Dean Drako, founding CEO of Barracuda Networks, will continue to serve as Brivo’s chairman of the board. The boards of directors of Brivo and Crown have unanimously approved the business combination. The transaction will require the approval of the stockholders of Crown, and is subject to other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022. Imperial Capital is acting as financial advisor, and Latham & Watkins LLP is acting as legal advisor to Brivo. RBC Capital Markets, LLC is acting as financial advisor and capital markets advisor to Crown, and as exclusive placement agent on the private placement. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is acting as legal advisor to Crown. Shearman & Sterling LLP is acting as legal advisor to RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is acting as legal advisor to Golub Capital Credit Opportunities. About Brivo Brivo is the global leader in mobile, cloud-based access control for commercial real estate, large distributed enterprises, and multifamily residential. Our comprehensive product ecosystem and open API provide businesses with powerful digital tools to increase security automation, elevate employee and tenant experience, and improve the safety of all people and assets in the built environment. Having created the category over twenty years ago, our building access platform is now the digital foundation for the largest collection of customer facilities in the world, trusted by more than 23 million users occupying over 300 million square feet of secured space in 42 countries. Our dedication to simply better security means providing the best technology and support to property owners, managers, and tenants as they look for more from buildings where they live, work, and play. Our comprehensive product suite includes access control, smart readers, touchless mobile credentials, visitor management, occupancy monitoring, health and safety features, and integrated video surveillance, smart locks, and intercoms. Valued for its simple installation, high-reliability backbone, and rich API partner network, Brivo also has the longest track record of cybersecurity audits and privacy protections in the industry. About Crown PropTech Acquisitions Crown PropTech Acquisitions (NYSE:CPTK) is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities, with a focus on businesses that provide technological innovation to the broader real estate ecosystem. The management team is led by Richard Chera, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and director, who also serves as co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Crown Acquisitions Inc. and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ReWyre®; and Dr. Pius Sprenger, the company’s Chief Financial Officer and director, who was formerly an executive of Cantor Fitzgerald and Deutsche Bank. Rasheq Zarif serves as lead strategic advisor to the company.

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