Colony Capital and a REIT it recently formed have paid $150 million for two portfolios of commercial mortgages with a balance of $208 million.
The Los Angeles investment manager purchased the 36 loans, all but one of which are classified as performing, from an insurance company and a bank which it did not identify.
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formed mortgage REIT, Colony Financial Inc., acquired a 37.3 percent stake in the portfolios, paying $56 million.
The loans have a weighted average maturity of 89 months and have seasoned for a weighted average of 31 months. Colony said its purchase would generate an unleveraged cash yield of 10.3 percent. The loans are backed by retail, office and industrial properties, as well as one hotel, scattered across 14 states.
Colony's REIT, which went public in September, has invested, or committed to invest $151 million, or 55 percent of the $274.5 million of net proceeds from its initial public offering. It previously committed to invest in the acquisition of First Republic Bank. And it also provided a chunk of the financing that Colony had provided to homebuilder William Lyon Homes of Newport Beach, Calif.
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