Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brookfield to Acquire MPG

Nomura reported this morning that MPG is being taken over by a Brookfield-controlled entity named DTLA at $3.15 per share. This likely a huge positive for CMBS where MPG is a sponsor for some of the underlying loans. MPG road the leverage wave right up until the peak, and when the bubble burst they (and they're founder, of the same name) were one of the hardest hit CRE investors. Not only were they overlevered, they had the highest concentration of residential mortgage companies (servicers, originators, etc.) as tenants amongst REITs.

The potential negative, as Nomura points out, is that it may give DTLA more leverage to work out modifications on the problem assets. 

Wells Fargo Tower (GSMS 2007-GG10), Gas Company Tower (JPMCC 2006-LDP8, WBCMT 2006-C28) are listed as the most likely to see modifications. The other exposures are 777 Tower (BACM 2006-6), BoA Plaza (MSC 2004-HQ4), Ernst & Young Tower (WBCMT 2004-C12), and then a couple properties not in CMBS - KPMG Tower and 601 S. Figueroa.

1 comment:

crabsofsteel said...

I think this is bad news, as Key is one of the least transparent servicers