Wednesday, November 25, 2015

25/11/15: Nama: That Gift Horse's Mouth...


Back in June this year, I posted about 10 most egregious cases of apparent mis-pricing of assets relating to Nama sales: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2015/06/17615-10-cases-worth-asking-nama-about.html

Now, we can add a new one. Per Irish Times report (http://www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/blackstone-to-flip-blocks-for-43m-profit-1.2442098#.VlWtXj-TrWY.twitter):

“Blackstone, the world’s biggest private equity firm, is on track to make a profit of €43 million on two office buildings it bought in Dublin’s south docklands only two years ago. The company has agreed sale terms at €123 million for the Bloodstone Building and an adjoining block on Britain Quay – 54 per cent more than the €80 million paid for them towards the end of 2013.”

In other words, we have vulture fund that bough completed properties two years back and managed to squeeze 54% appreciation out of them by doing virtually nothing new, adding virtually no new value. And Nama added zero value to the buildings as well as it got them off Sean Dunne in fully completed form.

The cherry on the cake (for Blackstone) is that it bought the above buildings for roughly EUR100 million, along with a third building: Hume House on Pembroke Road in Ballsbridge. Blackstone is yet to sell Hume House. So Blackstone actual returns on Nama purchase will be going up and up.


The Irish Times article also references another Nama ‘deal’ for the taxpayers. “Early in 2013, King Street Capital bought the Bishop’s Square office building on Kevin Street for €65 million and last January it sold it on to Hines, the international property company, for €92.5 million – a price rise of more than 42 per cent.”

That would be the deal described here: http://costarfinance.com/2014/10/06/hines-in-pole-position-for-project-cherry-after-knockout-first-round-bid/


So between these two ‘deals’, Irish taxpayers have foregone collective EUR70 million. Thanks, Nama!

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