Ivanhoé Cambridge Makes Second-Largest Single-Office-Building Transaction in U.S.

On a mission to increase its U.S. platform with top-quality office properties, Ivanhoé Cambridge has bought the iconic Three Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan.
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Ivanhoé Cambridge and Callahan Capital Properties have teamed on the acquisition of Three Bryant Park, a 1.2-million-square-foot office property in Midtown Manhattan, for $2.2 billion, from the Blackstone Group.

“The opportunity to acquire a truly iconic property like Three Bryant Park is extremely rare,” Arthur Lloyd, Ivanhoé Cambridge’s executive vice president, global investments, said in a company release. “As we redeploy capital that has been rotated out of non-core assets globally, Three Bryant Park represents a cornerstone of our expanding U.S. office platform. It fits perfectly into our investment strategy of building a diversified portfolio of top-quality office properties in gateway U.S. office markets.”

The transaction is the second largest ever for a single office building in the U.S., trailing only the June 2008 sale of Manhattan’s GM Building at 767 Fifth Ave. for $2.8 billion.

Located at 1095 Avenue of the Americas between 41st and 42nd streets, Three Bryant Park has long been considered one of the most prominent office properties in Manhattan. The building is currently 97 percent leased to a tenant roster that includes MetLife, Verizon and Dechert L.L.P.

Recent renovations to the building include a new lobby, building façade, expanded retail and public areas.

“Although the asset does not appear to offer immediate ‘value add’ opportunity, this deal will likely be viewed within the industry as a stable ‘buy and hold’ play in the ever-strong New York office market,” Andrew Maguire, a real estate attorney and shareholder at McCausland Keen & Buckman, told Commercial Property Executive. “Notably, Ivanhoe Cambridge is a subsidiary of a massive Quebec-based pension fund. Within the past 10 years, Canada has relaxed laws, which limited pension fund investment in foreign assets, and this acquisition continues a trend of big ticket Canadian fund-affiliated investment in Manhattan real estate.”

Other such projects include the vast Hudson Yards mixed-use development, which is currently being driven by an affiliate of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

The deal expands Ivanhoé Cambridge and Callahan Capital Properties partnership’s national office platform to more that 10 million square feet and its New York property to approximately 5 million square feet.

In November, the joint venture acquired two Seattle office buildings for $280 million; and also purchased a 40 percent interest in a portfolio of properties, which includes the U.S. Bank Tower, the Tabor Center and the adjacent Two Tabor development site, all located in downtown Denver, for approximately $200 million.

“When we considered the quality and unique characteristics of this property, along with the continued enhancements in the immediate area around Three Bryant Park, it was clear this is a compelling long-term investment opportunity,” Tim Callahan, Capital Properties’ CEO, said in the release. “We continue to be very pleased with the progress we have made in expanding our U.S. office platform with Ivanhoé Cambridge.”