Monday, November 9, 2009

Commercial Real Estate thawing?

Last week, everywhere we heard about the woes at Stuyvesant Town. Oh my! If you can't jack up subsidized rents, and that's not in your model, you run into trouble!

Now Stuyvesant is being restructured:

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Tishman Speyer Properties LP and BlackRock Realty, the owners of Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town- Peter Cooper Village, moved closer to restructuring $3 billion in debt on the apartment complex as the property verges on default, Fitch Ratings said.

That was harmless enough, wasn't it? But boy were the hands wringing!

Look at this piece by Lord Abbett--the second paragraph to the bottom: "Since previously borrowers had to just about declare bankruptcy to restructure without tax consequences, this change will also bring liquidity to this market by giving both borrowers and lenders ways to relieve trouble without either having to go to extremes or pay a tax penalty."

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Today on Bloomberg, we see Goldman is underwriting some bonds

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is underwriting $400 million of bonds backed by an Ohio real estate company’s shopping centers in the first sale to tap a U.S. program to unlock lending in the commercial mortgage market.
     The bond is backed by 28 properties owned by Developers Diversified Realty Corp., according to people familiar with the transaction who declined to be identified because terms are private. The offering comes a month after Goldman Sachs made a loan to the Beachwood, Ohio-based company in part to repay debt on the properties and others.
     The Federal Reserve opened its Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) in June to newly issued commercial mortgage-backed securities to stimulate lending and avert a wave of foreclosures as borrowers fail to refinance. There have been no new sales of the debt since June 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
     “It would be good for the market psyche to actually see a new deal done,” said Kent Born, senior managing director at PPM America, an investment manager in Chicago. “But as a practical matter it’s not going to get us back to the type of deals that were the bread and butter of the market merely two years ago.”

Which means even Alan Greenspan can tell us better times are heading our way, after previously predicting a depression, while pimping for PIMCO!  Wait--is that really him? I just don't know what face we are going to get!

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said a rebound in stocks is “re-liquifying” the U.S. economy and housing prices are showing early indications of ending their decline.

“We have been very fortunate that the stock markets moved back” and are “re-liquifying the whole process,” Greenspan said at an event in Edmonton, Alberta, presented by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., the state-controlled energy producer known as Taqa.

Where was Alan at 666?


Anonymous said...

i guess this explains DDR going up's crazy...we have bond issuances...i wonder if more bonds will be issued going forward to recapitalize the reits.

Anonymous said...

When can we have the dollar and stocks go up at the same time? At this rate, this dollar decrease is the inflation.

If the dollar keeps dropping isn't that major inflation? How do we put food on the table?

Anonymous said...

Hey Palmoni,

I am wondering if you have taken a look at Rare Earth Elements? I’ve been reading that China makes up like 93% of the world’s production of REE and by 2012 their domestic consumption will exceed their production which mean no more exports from China. REE are used in electric motors, wind turbines, and solar panels so I think it is critical for our future =P

It seems the only other reserves of REE are located in California and Canada. I found some interesting news on the past bid attempt by CNOOC to buy out UNOCAL. Apparently UNOCAL owned the Mountain Pass mine, a potentially rich REE mine in California. This explains why Congress blocked the acquisition since we don’t want to be giving that stuff away. I think I found a few names but I want to do some more DD on them before releasing them.

I’m getting anxious about the “potential” news by the end of November from down south! Got anything to throw out or is it hush hush for the moment? Well thanks and good job on having an awesome quality blog!

Anonymous said...

Didn't know he has such an awesome body.

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