GE sells $23 billion in real estate assets

Blackstone and Wells Fargo agree to purchase

Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC) announced they purchased most of the assets of General Electric Capital Real Estate for a total of $23 billion.

Wells Fargo agreed to purchase performing first mortgage commercial real estate loans valued at $9 billion in the United States, UK and Canada.

“This is an important transaction in the commercial real estate industry and Wells Fargo is pleased to be working with our colleagues at GE Capital and Blackstone. The portfolio of performing loans we’ve purchased is a strong addition to our commercial real estate platform in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, which are all active lending markets for us,” said Mark Myers, head of commercial real estate for Wells Fargo.

Meanwhile, Blackstone purchased a wider breadth of real estate, including Blackstone’s latest flagship global real estate fund, BREP VIII, agreeing to purchase the U.S. equity assets for $3.3 billion. These assets are primarily office properties in Southern California, Seattle and Chicago.

In addition, Blackstone’s European real estate fund, BREP Europe IV, has agreed to purchase the European equity real estate assets, for €1.9 billion. These consist of office, logistics and retail assets, largely in the UK, France and Spain. The logistics assets will be integrated into Blackstone’s European logistics platform, Logicor, and the retail assets into its European retail platform, Multi.

BREDS, Blackstone’s real estate debt fund, has agreed to purchase performing first mortgage loans in Mexico and Australia for $4.2 billion.

BXMT, Blackstone’s publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT, has agreed to purchase a $4.6 billion portfolio of first mortgage loans primarily in the U.S. with Wells Fargo providing the financing.

Jon Gray, global head of real estate for Blackstone, said, “We are delighted to partner with GE on another major transaction and we thank them for their confidence in us. We also thank Wells Fargo for our longstanding relationship, and for their swift execution on this investment. This transaction clearly demonstrates the unique scale and reach of our real estate platform.”

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