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WSJ:

Tishman Venture Gives Up Stuyvesant Project — High-Profile Purchase of Manhattan Complex Collapses Under Debt Mountain

Key excerpts:

Stuyvesant Town creditors weren’t immediately available for comment. But pressure on the Tishman group has mounted in recent weeks as some of the property’s creditors have threatened to foreclose. In a letter sent to Tishman last week, a group including Concord Capital, an affiliate of Winthrop Realty Trust, said it intends to pursue “its rights and remedies,” including possibly moving to foreclose on the property within 90 to 180 days.

By some accounts, Stuyvesant Town is only valued at $1.8 billion now, less than half the purchase price. By that measure, all the equity investors—including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, a Florida pension fund and the Church of England—and many of the debtholders, including Government of Singapore Investment Corp., or GIC, and Hartford Financial Services Group, are in danger of seeing most, if not all, of their investments wiped out.

And. . .

The Stuyvesant Town deal is one of several Tishman Speyer did at the top of the market that the company is trying to save. But the company itself isn’t threatened. It took advantage of easy credit and investors’ eagerness to buy into real estate during the good times. As a result, it didn’t put much of its own cash into deals.

Of the $5.4 billion price tag on the Stuyvesant property, Tishman invested only $112 million of its own money, with about $56 million from Jerry Speyer and Rob Speyer, co-chief executives of the New York-based company.

I can’t imagine the equity holders, especially the pension funds, will take this loses quietly.  More to come.

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