REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Bluerock Residential | December 21, 2021
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate ("Blackstone") under which Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of BRG for $24.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.6 billion (the "Acquisition").
Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire 30 multifamily properties comprising approximately 11,000 units as well as a loan book secured by 24 multifamily assets. The properties consist of high-quality garden-style assets with significant green space and resort-style amenities, built, on average, in 2000. The majority of the properties are located in Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and Austin.
Prior to the Acquisition, the Company separately intends to spin off its single-family rental business to its shareholders (the "Spin-Off" and together with the Acquisition, the "Transaction") through the taxable distribution to shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust, Inc. ("BHOM"), which will be externally managed by an affiliate of Bluerock Real Estate. BHOM will own interests in approximately 3,400 homes, including 2,000 through preferred/mezzanine investments, located in fast growing, high quality of life and knowledge economy markets across the United States. The Company's shareholders will receive shares of BHOM, with a current implied Net Asset Value estimated at $5.60 (based on the midpoint of the valuation range provided by Duff & Phelps, independent financial advisor to the Company's board of directors), for each share of Company common stock. There can be no assurance that the trading price upon a listing of BHOM will be equal to or greater than this estimated NAV.
The Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Company's board of directors and the Acquisition, excluding the value of BHOM, represents a premium of approximately 124% over the unaffected closing stock price on September 15, 2021, the date prior to a media article reporting that the Company was exploring strategic options including a sale.
We are very proud to enter into a transaction that delivers tremendous value to our shareholders. We believe the substantial premium to our historic trading price is a testament to our success in building a best-in-class institutional-quality multifamily apartment portfolio in our attractive knowledge-economy target markets, along with the robust process run by the board of directors and management to secure maximum value for our shareholders,"
Ramin Kamfar, Company Chairman and CEO.
Bluerock's portfolio consists of high-quality multifamily properties in markets across the U.S. experiencing some of the strongest fundamentals. We look forward to bringing our best-in-class management to these properties to ensure they continue to be operated at the highest standards for the benefit of tenants and the surrounding communities."
Asim Hamid, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Real Estate
Completion of the Acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, is contingent upon consummation of the Spin-Off, as well as customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Company's shareholders, who will vote on the transaction at a special meeting on a date to be announced. The Acquisition is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone.
Most members of the Company's senior management, along with certain entities related to them, have agreed to retain their interests in the Company's operating partnership, which will hold the assets related to the single-family rental business upon completion of the Spin-Off, rather than receiving cash consideration.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Eastdil Secured LLC are the Company's lead financial advisors with BofA Securities also serving as an advisor. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC, and Vinson & Elkins, LLP are serving as the Company's legal counsel. Barclays and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are Blackstone's financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is Blackstone's legal advisor.
About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSE American: BRG) is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
About Blackstone Real Estate
Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $230 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single-family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone's Core+ strategy comprises open-ended funds that invest in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Cian | March 14, 2022
Cian PLC, a leading online real estate classifieds platform in Russia, announced that Ms. Cloe Harford has tendered her resignation as a member of the board of directors of the Company, effective as of 4:02 p.m. Eastern time on March 8, 2022. Ms. Harford informed the Company that she has resigned as a result of recent geopolitical developments. Ms. Harford served as a member of each of the Audit Committee of the Board, the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board and the Strategy Committee of the Board.
On March 10, 2022, upon recommendation of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee, the Board appointed Gilles Blanchard to the Audit Committee, with effect immediately following the Effective Time. The Board has determined that, after due consideration of all relevant factors, Mr. Blanchard qualifies as independent under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Board has also determined that, based on his education and experience, Mr. Blanchard is financially literate in accordance with the requirements of the NYSE. Following Mr. Blanchard’s appointment, the Audit Committee consists of Douglas Gardner, Simon Baker and Gilles Blanchard, with Mr. Gardner serving as Chairperson.
On March 10, 2022, upon recommendation of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee, the Board appointed Maksim Melnikov to the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee, with effect immediately following the Effective Time. Following Mr. Melnikov’s appointment, the Compensation, Governance and Nominating consists of Gilles Blanchard, Dmitry Antipov and Maksim Melnikov, with Mr. Blanchard serving as Chairperson.
Further, following the resignation of Ms. Harford, the Strategy Committee consists solely of Simon Baker, who serves as Chairperson.
The Company has previously disclosed in its registration statement on Form F-1, declared effective by the SEC on November 4, 2021, that it follows the corporate governance practices of its home country, Cyprus, in lieu of certain of the corporate governance requirements of the NYSE. In addition to the previously disclosed practices, the Company intends to rely on this "foreign private issuer exemption" with respect to:
NYSE Rule 303A.01, which requires an issuer to have, among other things, a majority of its board members be independent;
NYSE Rule 303A.4, which requires an issuer to have a nominating/corporate governance committee composed entirely of independent directors; (iii) NYSE Rule 303A.05, which requires an issuer to have a compensation committee comprised entirely of independent directors.
Cian is a leading online real estate classifieds platform in the large, underpenetrated and growing Russian real estate classifieds market, with a strong presence across Russia and leading positions in the country’s key metropolitan areas. The Company ranks among the top ten most popular online real estate classifieds globally in terms of traffic (based on SimilarWeb traffic data for other online real estate classifieds and Google Analytics data for Cian for September 2021). Cian’s networked real estate platform connects millions of real estate buyers and renters to millions of high-quality real estate listings of all types — residential and commercial, primary and secondary, urban and suburban. In the third quarter of 2021, the Company had over 1.9 million listings available through its platform and an average UMV of over 18.7 million. Through its technology-driven platform and deep insights into the Russian real estate market the Company provides an end-to-end experience for its customers and users and helps them address multiple pain points on their journey to a new home or place to work.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
ECI Group | December 16, 2021
ECI Group and K.D. Keller Development have closed on a two-acre site in Tampa's vibrant Channel District in Tampa, FL, with plans to start construction in January 2022 on Parc Madison, a 351-unit, eight-story Class A apartment community with 6,571 square feet of ground floor retail. The project equity was funded through a joint venture of ECI, Tampa-based K.D. Keller Development, and Scottsdale, AZ-based Kandle Investments, with construction financing provided by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.
Parc Madison will be located at the east end of the downtown Tampa block bounded by E. Twiggs Street, E. Madison Street, and Channelside Drive, adjacent to the new City of Tampa Madison Street Park. Constructed using efficient tunnel form concrete technology, the building will have a parking deck, skyline views from upper floors, an expansive rooftop pool and gym. The 6,571 square feet of ground floor retail is targeted towards a restaurant and/or coffee shop user.
"The ECI team is excited to be underway with the Parc Madison, destined to be a signature property in downtown Tampa, featuring sleek, modern architecture and sunlit, spacious apartments, We are proud to continue to contribute to the rapid growth of the Channel District, bringing in more residents to enjoy the new retailers, grocery stores, restaurants and gathering places."
-James Baugnon, President and CIO at ECI.
Chip Sykes and Drew Jennewein of Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets assisted in the formation of the project joint venture.
About ECI Group
For more than 50 years, ECI Group has been one of the most highly regarded, privately owned real estate organizations in the United States. The firm is fully integrated, with development, construction, and management groups that have garnered national recognition for innovation and performance in the multifamily industry. With a portfolio of more than 7,900 units either existing or under construction located throughout the Southeast, ECI is strategically positioned to continue to be a leader in the multifamily industry. For more information, visit www.ecigroups.com.
About K.D. Keller
K.D. Keller's mission is to help landowners realize the full income potential of their properties while retaining full ownership. We transform obsolete or underutilized structures into the highest and best use for the property, for now and for the future.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Anywhere Real Estate Inc. | June 16, 2022
Anywhere Real Estate Inc., a global leader in residential real estate services (formerly known as Realogy Holdings Corp.), announced that its affiliated agents lead the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) 2022 Top 250 Latino Agents Report, which recognizes the top producing Latino agents across the United States, including Puerto Rico. With 50 independent agents included – more than any other company – Anywhere-affiliated agents comprise 20 percent of the list. All six leading residential real estate brands in the Anywhere portfolio, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran, ERA®, and Sotheby's International Realty®, are represented in the report's rankings.
According to NAHREP's 2021 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report, the Latino homeownership rate continued to increase in 2021 for the seventh consecutive year. While the report also notes that a dearth of housing supply and rising price points remain a significant barrier to many homebuyers, the Urban Institute predicts that Latinos will account for 70 percent of homeownership growth over the next 20 years.
We are incredibly proud that the Anywhere family of brands is home to so many of the top-producing agents that represent the nation's expanding community of Latino homebuyers. As Hispanic household formation continues to drive significant homeownership growth in the coming years, we remain committed to creating professional opportunities for diverse and representative professionals that can help to empower everyone's next move."
Ivonne Furneaux, vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Anywhere
As the one of the largest full service residential real estate services companies in the U.S., Anywhere is dedicated to creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is a vocal advocate for equal opportunity and fair housing. The Company's renowned brands also offer a number of initiatives focused on driving diversity, such as CENTURY 21's Empowering Latinas program, which helps Latina entrepreneurs obtain their real estate license and prepares them for success in the real estate industry through a network of support. Read more about Anywhere and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in its 2021 CSR Report.
According to NAHREP, this year's report ranks individual agents and teams based on transactions and sales volume, and represents a total of 39,804 transactions and $13.8 billion in combined sales volume in 2021. Anywhere affiliated agents featured in the top 10 of Top 250 Latino Agents Report include Wilfredo Alfaro, Coldwell Banker Realty in Clifton, NJ and Johnny Rojas, Century 21 JR Gold Team Realty in Garfield, NJ.
Additionally, Anywhere agents on the list represent:
One quarter of the Top 100 agents by sale volume, including Coldwell Banker Real Estate (14), CENTURY 21 (6), Sotheby's International Realty (3), and Corcoran (2).
Almost half of the Top 25 'Rookies', including Coldwell Banker (6), CENTURY 21 (2), Better Homes and Gardens (1), and ERA (1).
46% of the top 100 agents in the Northeast, 43% of the top 100 agents in the Northwest, 38% of the top 100 agents in the Southwest, 27% of top 100 agents in the Southeast, 20% of top 100 agents in the Midwest, and 13% of the top 100 agents in the Mountain region.
As of June 9, 2022, Realogy completed its corporate rebrand to Anywhere. Home to renowned real estate brands as well as national title, settlement, and relocation companies and scaled mortgage origination and underwriting joint ventures, the Anywhere rebrand reflects a strategic shift for the company. Leveraging its leading position in business segments that comprise nearly every aspect of the real estate transaction, the company has placed a strong emphasis on building a more simplified, digitized, and integrated home buying and selling experience for any consumer, anywhere.
Anywhere Real Estate Inc. is on a mission to empower everyone's next move. Home to some of the most recognized brands in real estate – Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby's International Realty® – the AnywhereSM portfolio includes franchise and brokerage operations as well as national title, settlement, and relocation companies and nationally scaled mortgage origination and underwriting joint ventures. Supporting approximately 1.5 million home transactions in 2021, Anywhere is focused on simplifying, digitizing, and integrating the real estate transaction for all consumers, no matter where they may be in their home buying and selling journey. With innovative products and technology, Anywhere fuels the productivity of its approximately 196,200 independent sales agents in the U.S. and approximately 136,400 independent sales agents in 118 other countries and territories. Recognized for eleven consecutive years as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, Anywhere has also been designated a Great Place to Work four years in a row, named one of LinkedIn's 2022 Top Companies in the U.S., and honored by Forbes as one of the World's Best Employers 2021.