ARC NYRR Buys Institutional-Quality Manhattan Office for $529M

American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT now owns more than $2.1 billion in assets topped off by the $528.6 million acquisition of the fee simple interest in 1440 Broadway, a 25-story office building in the Times Square South submarket of Manhattan.

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American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT, Inc. now owns more than $2.1 billion in assets topped off by the $528.6 million acquisition of the fee simple interest in 1440 Broadway, a 25-story office building in the Times Square South submarket of Manhattan.

NYRR, which is a publicly registered, non-traded REIT owned by parent company American Realty Capital Properties, acquired the asset from a subsidiary of Rockpoint Group, L.L.C. The deal, first announced Oct. 21, closed last week. It was funded with $307.4 million in proceeds from an initial public offering and a drawdown of $221.2 million on the REIT’s unsecured $390 million credit facility with Capital One, National Association, among other lenders, according to an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The 756,000-square-foot office building is 95 percent leased with Macy’s Inc. as its largest tenant. Macy’s occupies more than 200,000 square feet, or approximately 27 percent of the building’s rental square footage for corporate offices. Primedia, Inc. also leases more than 20 percent of the building, taking up 170,734 square feet, according to the SEC 8-K filing. The REIT said approximately 40 percent of the rental income is derived from investment-grade rated companies.

Michael Happel, Chief Investment Officer of NYRR, said the REIT believes 1440 Broadway has “long-term growth potential as the Times Square submarket expands.”

“This asset is in first-rate condition and has a recognizable mix of investment grade and credit tenants from various industries,” Happel said in a news release.

Eastdil Secured acted as a special advisor to Rockpoint in this transaction.

It was among the high-profile deals the REIT, one of several run by Nicholas Schorsch, closed in recent months.

“Our portfolio’s asset value now exceeds $2.1 billion, including all announced acquisitions to date, as we have successfully deployed our raised equity,” Happel added. “We remain focused on building a first-class company with a concentration of New York City real estate. Our team will continue to endeavor to identify and acquire strong assets in prime locations and at good prices, enabling us to further grow our New York City real estate portfolio.”

On Nov. 22, NYRR closed on a leasehold interest in the Viceroy New York, a newly constructed hotel on West 57th St. between 6th and 7th avenues in Manhattan, for $148.5 million. The first hotel in NYRR’s portfolio, it opened in October and has 240 rooms in 29 stories. Kingside, a restaurant run by celebrity chef Marc Murphy and the Gerber Group is located on the hotel’s street level. Viceroy Hotel Group is managing the property.

Earlier in November, the REIT acquired a 48.9 percent stake in Worldwide Plaza for $220.1 million and the right to eventually buy the tower outright for approximately $1.45 billion. Located on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets, the tower’s controlling owners are George Comfort & Sons, RCG Longview and DRA Advisors. Built in 1989, the 49-story building has about 1.8 million square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail space, a five-stage Off-Broadway theater, a fitness center and 475-space parking garage. It is 91 percent leased to tenants such as Nomura Holding America, Inc., and Cravath, Swaine & Moore L.L.P. law firm.

Other Manhattan acquisitions in the second half of 2013 included the purchase of a three-story office condominium at 50 Varick St. in Tribeca for $91 million and 333 W. 34th St., a 10-story, fully-leased office building from SL Green Realty Co. for $220.3 million. Both of those acquisitions occurred in July.