Blackstone, CPP Investments and Rialto invest in $17bn CRE loan portfolio

The CRE loan portfolio comprises more than 2,600 first mortgage loans on retail, market rate multifamily and office properties ocated in the New York

Blackstone-led consortium invests $1.2bn in venture holding $17bn CRE loan portfolio

Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board through its subsidiary CPPIB Credit Investments III Inc. and funds affiliated with Rialto Capital have entered into a newly formed joint venture with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The companies acquired a 20% equity stake for $1.2 billion in the venture which holds a $16.8 billion senior mortgage loan portfolio retained in receivership following the failure of Signature Bank.

The FDIC is maintaining an 80% ownership stake in the venture and provided financing equal to 50% of the venture’s value.

The commercial real estate loan portfolio comprises more than 2,600 first mortgage loans on retail, market rate multifamily and office properties primarily located in the New York metropolitan area.

The loans are predominantly performing and encompass a wide range of credit profiles. Approximately 90% of the loans are fixed rate with low in-place coupons and strong in-place debt service coverage.

Jonathan Pollack, Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Credit, said, “We are excited to invest in this compelling, large-scale opportunity on behalf of our BREDS and BREIT investors. Blackstone’s extraordinary real estate insights and credit expertise positioned us to underwrite approximately $17 billion of senior mortgage loans, allowing us to acquire the entire commercial real estate loan portfolio at an attractive basis. We look forward to working with our borrowers and our partners to maximize the potential of these assets.”

Geoffrey Souter, Managing Director, Head of Real Assets Credit at CPP Investments, said, “The current real estate credit market is a promising source of long-term returns for the CPP Fund and we look forward to exploring further opportunities to invest in this and other capital-constrained sectors. This opportunity builds on our longstanding partnership with Blackstone and is a testament to CPP Investments’ expertise in real estate credit, demonstrating our ability to transact quickly and at scale.”

Jay Mantz, President of Rialto Capital, added, “We are incredibly excited to invest in this historic opportunity with two of the most preeminent global investors, Blackstone and CPP Investments. The Rialto team has managed loans through multiple CRE market cycles, and we look forward to working with our partners to maximize value for all stakeholders.”

Blackstone will be the lead asset manager of the portfolio and Rialto Capital will act as the loan servicer and operating partner.

Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally and has originated or acquired more than $170 billion of real estate loans and securities since the inception of its real estate credit business. Rialto Capital has oversight of over $100 billion of commercial real estate loans and has experience managing public private partnerships.

CPP Investments invests in both public and private credit and credit-like products globally, leveraging its ability to provide scale, certainty of assets and a long investment horizon. As of September 30, 2023, CPP Investments’ credit portfolio totaled C$75 billion, including investments across corporate, consumer and real assets credit along the rating spectrum.

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