DENVER, CO – Apartment Investment and Management Company announced that it acquired the 47% interest in the Palazzo joint venture owned by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management for $451.5 million.
Aimco now owns 100% of the three Palazzo communities: Palazzo at Park La Brea, a 521-apartment home community; Palazzo East, a 611-apartment home community; and Villas at Park La Brea, a 250-apartment home community. The communities are well located in the mature Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles and benefit from their central location to employment centers—two miles from Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Century City, and six miles in opposite directions from both Downtown LA and Santa Monica.
“First, I want to thank J.P. Morgan for our highly successful partnership over the past decade. Second, we are glad of the opportunity to re-acquire 100% ownership of the three Palazzo properties. We know them well having contracted for their construction 15 years ago and having operated them ever since,” said Aimco Chairman and CEO Terry Considine.
“We appreciate the Mid-Wilshire submarket with its highly educated and high-income customers who value the proximity to transportation, job centers, and upscale retail, including The Grove, literally across the street…and where we can see clearly that future development is increasingly difficult. We expect to continue the operation of the properties and to redevelop each, over time and at the right time, to serve different and distinctive market segments.”
The acquisition was funded by taking title subject to existing allocable debt of $140.5 million and by payment of $311 million in cash proceeds funded with bank borrowings pending the sales of properties located in Rhode Island, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. This leverage neutral paired trade transaction is expected to result in a 150 basis points higher free cash flow internal rate of return, to increase Aimco average monthly revenue per apartment home by $65, and to shift capital from submarkets with lower revenue growth prospects to a submarket with higher rent growth and higher margins.