Daily News: December 31, 2014

GE Capital Funds Colony’s Cobalt Acquisition

Globe St. reported Colony Financial completed the $1.6-billion acquisition of Cobalt Capital’s 256-property light industrial portfolio. Colony purchased the portfolio with a $1.09-billion loan from GE Capital with a LIBOR plus 230 basis points, plus $327 million in cash and an additional $206 million from the company’s co-investors.

Colony purchased the portfolio with cash and debt, not new secondary equity as imagined, leading analysts to predict a 10% ROE projection on the new assets that will add $0.25-$0.30 per share to current 2016 consensus, according to Globe St.

Globe St. reported the transaction also included the acquisition of a Cobalt Capital operating platform for $20 million.

To view the full Globe St. report, click here.