SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Drawbridge Realty ("Drawbridge" or the "Company") and KKR, a leading
global investment firm, today announced that KKR and the management team
have recapitalized Drawbridge's existing portfolio and formed a new
independent platform to help grow the business.
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With assets under management of approximately $800 million as of June 1st,
2015, Drawbridge is a real estate investment manager focused on
acquiring, developing and managing properties for corporate users with
an emphasis on well located, predominately single tenant office, R&D and
industrial buildings in markets with secular growth. Drawbridge's
existing portfolio includes approximately three million square feet of
real estate in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Salt
Lake City, Austin, and Raleigh-Durham's Research Triangle Park, and the
Company intends to expand the platform nationally.
With the financial backing of KKR and other investors, including The
Townsend Group, a leading global provider of investment advisory and
investment solutions for real estate, Drawbridge has access to
significant equity capital. The structure of Drawbridge's equity base
enables the Company to be a long-term owner of assets, which is
attractive to corporate tenants seeking continuity with a
relationship-focused landlord. Drawbridge is operated independently from
KKR and The Townsend Group.
Drawbridge is a sophisticated acquirer of short and long-term leased,
single tenant buildings, including corporate sale-leasebacks and
build-to-suits, and also of currently vacant buildings that lend
themselves to repositioning and leasing to single tenants. Since closing
the recapitalization transaction, Drawbridge has continued to grow its
asset base through the acquisition of five new properties in San Jose,
San Diego, and Raleigh-Durham.
"We are pleased to welcome KKR's investment to the Drawbridge platform,"
said Mark Whiting, Drawbridge's Co-Founder and CEO. "With the support of
KKR, we will work to create value by building an increasingly
diversified investment platform."
"With Drawbridge's industry leading, vertically integrated real estate
capabilities supplemented by access to KKR's corporate network, we think
Drawbridge will be the preferred solutions provider to corporate owners
and users of real estate," said Billy Butcher, Co-Head of KKR Real
Estate Acquisitions in the Americas, who is also joining the Drawbridge
Board of Directors.
"Townsend is excited to partner with Drawbridge in this new platform and
targeted growth phase. We believe the platform brings the specialized,
integrated market and property expertise that we seek," said Rob Davies,
Principal, The Townsend Group.
About Drawbridge Realty
Drawbridge Realty is a San Francisco-based real estate investment and
development company that targets commercial property investments in
select markets across the United States with a current portfolio
comprising approximately three million square feet located predominately
in the western U.S. The firm pursues properties suited to corporate
tenants, with an emphasis on fully occupied buildings, as well as
properties that are ready for new development, redevelopment, or
conversions to higher and better uses. The current portfolio is
comprised of properties located in the Silicon Valley; San Diego;
Austin, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawbridge has completed
transactions with major corporations including Broadcom, Google, Johnson
& Johnson, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Monsanto,
National Instruments, Northrop Grumman, and Unisys.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages investments across
multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure,
real estate, credit and hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive
investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment
approach, employing world‐class people, and driving growth and value
creation at the asset level. KKR invests its own capital alongside its
partners' capital and brings opportunities to others through its capital
markets business. References to KKR's investments may include the
activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR
& Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com
or on Twitter @KKR_Co.
About The Townsend Group
The Townsend Group is a leading global provider of investment advisory
and investment solutions for real estate, infrastructure, timber and
agriculture. With a culture based upon service and success measured by
investment performance, Townsend's clients include many of the world's
leading institutional investors. As of December 31, 2014, Townsend's
Regulatory Assets Under Management were approximately $12.5 billion with
Advised Assets exceeding $170 billion. Townsend does not provide any
such investment advisory services or investment solutions to Drawbridge.
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Brandi Tribulato, 415-391-7911
John Hackett, 216-781-9090
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