Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Investors in Discussions to Buy GM Building

by Bill McBride on 5/20/2008 10:36:00 PM

This is another followup to CRE: Bought at the top?. Basically NY developer Harry Macklowe bought seven New York office buildings at the price peak, with little down, and a personal guarantee for a portion of the loan. He was unable to refinance the short term debt, and he is now in default. Macklowe is trying to sell his other holdings - including the GM building - to satisfy the personal debt.

From the WSJ: Goldman, Boston Properties, Others In Talks to Buy Macklowe's GM Building

An investment group that includes Boston Properties Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and two Middle Eastern investors are in negotiations to buy the General Motors building along with up to three other properties from New York developer Harry Macklowe for $3.6 billion to $3.9 billion ...

... The deal would value the GM building at about $2.8 billion, $200 million less than what had been his minimum price.

The deal is designed to rescue Mr. Macklowe from financial ruin, but it isn't clear that this transaction would resolve his debts.