On behalf of Burton-Katzman and DRA Advisors, Newmark has arranged approximately $150 million of financing proceeds to facilitate the acquisition of 24 strategically located industrial properties across the Midwest (the “Portfolio”). The Newmark team was led by Co-Heads of Debt & Structured Finance, Jordan Roeschlaub and Dustin Stolly, along with Senior Managing Director Chris Kramer. Protective Life, Old National Bank and One America originated the loans.
The Portfolio spans 2.2 million square feet, is currently 99% leased with a five-year weighted average lease term (WALT) and features a diversified national tenant roster. The combination of single and multi-tenant commercial properties has a proven track record of long-term stability; the Portfolio has retained occupancy levels above 99% for the past decade, with current in-place tenants averaging over ten years in their space. With over 40 tenants on the rent roll, no user occupies more than 15% of the Portfolio’s square footage, effectively mitigating rollover risk.
“Investment in industrial real estate by institutional owners remains a top-choice asset class for investors, especially those in secondary and tertiary markets that still offer growth potential,” said Stolly.
The Detroit industrial market continues to experience strong market fundamentals; vacancy rates continue to sit near all-time lows, generating double-digit rent growth year-over-year post-pandemic. The Portfolio features assets across dense industrial hubs with the highest barriers to entry, including Auburn Hills, Sterling Heights, Dearborn and Livonia.
The Burton-Katzman team has successfully operated the Portfolio historically and developed extensive relationships with the existing tenancy, allowing them to create strategic leasing transactions as the preeminent operator of light industrial across the Detroit Metro. DRA Advisors has an extensive track record, including over 84 million square feet of industrial acquisitions since its inception.
“The Portfolio represents a highly compelling opportunity to acquire a dynamic, well-occupied, and cash-flowing light industrial portfolio at an attractive basis with a best-in-class joint venture partner,” explained Brett Gottlieb, Managing Director for DRA Advisors.
Burton-Katzman is a fully integrated real estate company with extensive experience and expertise across property acquisition, planning and development, project and construction management, strategic planning and asset management. With over 110 years of history in the real estate industry, with an emphasis on the industrial market, Burton-Katzman has become well versed in effectively building and managing properties across various asset classes.
DRA Advisors LLC is a New York-based registered investment advisor with approximately 95 employees specializing in real estate investment management services for institutional and private investors, including pension funds, university endowments, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, and insurance companies. Since DRA was founded in 1986, the firm has opened additional offices in Miami and San Francisco while acquiring over $37.8 billion of real estate. The acquisitions include 84 million square feet of industrial, 65 million square feet of office, 87 million square feet of retail and 84,000 multifamily units. As of September 30, 2022, DRA has $12.3 billion in gross assets under management. http://draadvisors.com
Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries (“Newmark”), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark’s comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform’s global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. Newmark generated revenues of approximately $2.7 billion for the year ending December 31, 2022. Newmark’s company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from approximately 180 offices with nearly 6,700 professionals around the world. To learn more, visit nmrk.com or follow @newmark.