Investcorp sells US coast guard loan after 15 months

The New York-based firm has sold the first mortgage to the US coast guard’s Washington DC headquarters to Talos Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Investcorp Real Estate has sold the first mortgage on the $169 million US coast guard headquarters in Washington DC just 15 months after acquiring it.

The New York-based property arm of the Bahrain and London-listed alternative investment firm said it had sold the senior note on 2100 2nd Street, which had a face value of $100 million, to Talos Capital.

Investcorp bought the mortgage in March 2009 for a “steep discount”, reportedly around 75 to 80 cents on the dollar. A spokesman for the firm declined to talk about financial details but said the note sale to Talos resulted in a “substantial profit” for Investcorp.

The 607,700-square-foot office was originally acquired by developer Monday Properties and private equity real estate firm AREA Property Partners in December 2006 for $169 million or $278 per-square-foot. According to a Monday Property briefing note, AREA and Monday invested $38 million of equity in the property and financed $135 million through a Citigroup senior loan. The senior mortgage matures in 2014.

The property is leased solely to the US coast guard, which reportedly renewed its lease in 2008 for a 10-year term. However, the service is expected to vacate the property in 2015 as a new 1.17 million-square-foot headquarters is developed in South East Washington DC for the USCG and Department of Homeland Security.

Jon Dracos, co-head of Investcorp Real Estate said investor interest in commercial real estate and a “dearth of quality assets” provided the firm with an “opportunity to sell this mortgage at a strong profit”. The capital will be used as an investor distribution or to make additional investments, the firm added.

Investcorp acquired the note through its $1 billion Investcorp Real Estate Credit Fund, which raised $850 million from an unidentified sovereign wealth fund in 2008. The fund targets mortgages, subordinated debt and senior mezzanine positions.