Flynn Properties and Värde Partners Acquire 80% Interest in 89 Select Service and Extended Stay Hotels

SAN FRANCISCO & MINNEAPOLIS – Flynn Properties Inc., owner of commercial real estate, luxury resorts and select service hotel properties in America and abroad, in a joint venture with Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced that it has acquired an 80% joint venture interest in 89 select service and extended stay hotels in a $1.1 billion implied total enterprise value transaction from affiliates of Highgate and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (“Cerberus”).

With properties located throughout the United States, the portfolio comprises 58 Marriott-branded hotels, 24 Hilton-branded hotels, 4 Radisson-branded hotels, 2 IHG-branded hotels and 1 Choice-branded hotel, which will undergo capital improvements over time. Affiliates of Highgate and Cerberus will retain a 20% interest in the investment, and Highgate will continue to manage the properties on behalf of the joint venture. This is the second joint venture between Flynn Properties and Värde Partners; last year the partners acquired a portfolio of 20 Marriott- and Hilton-branded select service hotels from Apple Hospitality.

“We are excited to announce the addition of these hotels to our portfolio,” said Greg Flynn, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flynn Properties. “This acquisition is part of a broader business strategy of Flynn Properties to increase its limited service hotel footprint, which has proved to be one of the best performing sectors in the industry. We are also excited by the caliber of properties included in this deal, as the portfolio’s brands are global hospitality icons known for hosting some of the world’s most loyal travelers for business and leisure while offering exceedingly robust guest loyalty programs, which we believe will be a key source of guest revenue and retention. Flynn Properties and Värde Partners are thrilled to execute this transaction with Highgate and Cerberus, and to work going forward with the many important franchisors and associates across the portfolio.”

This acquisition will bring Flynn Properties’ limited service hotel portfolio to 115 properties. Flynn Properties is a division of San Francisco-based Flynn Holdings, which has two principal businesses: real estate and restaurants. Flynn Properties’ prior hotel investments include numerous limited service and extended stay hotels as well as five super-luxury resorts: Esperanza and the Chileno Bay Resort, both located in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Carneros Resort & Spa and Solage, both located in the Napa Valley, and the Hotel Madeline in Telluride, Colorado. Its commercial investments consist primarily of tech-oriented office buildings on the West Coast which have totaled over 3 million square feet. Its affiliate, Flynn Restaurant Group LP, is the largest franchise restaurant operator in the world and one of the 20 largest foodservice companies of any kind in the United States, owning and operating 2,400 restaurants in 44 states generating $4 billion in sales and employing approximately 73,000 people.

“The hotel sector continues to strengthen amidst a complex macro backdrop, demonstrating its ability to offer investors the potential for growing, inflation-protected cashflows. These properties recovered quickly from the pandemic and have been performing well, indicative of the quality of their brands and the continued demand for limited service and extended stay hotels,” said Tim Mooney, Global Head of Real Estate at Värde Partners. “As this cycle continues to evolve, we believe there will be further opportunities to invest selectively in high-quality assets that are well positioned to capitalize on the robust demand for business and leisure travel. We are pleased to partner for the second time with Flynn Properties to acquire this interest in another portfolio of properties in attractive locations with compelling market supply/demand dynamics.”

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as financial advisor to Flynn Properties and Värde Partners on this transaction.

About Flynn Properties Inc.

Flynn Properties Inc. has substantial experience in commercial and hospitality real estate investment. Founded in 1994 and based in San Francisco, CA, Flynn Properties has owned in excess of 3 million square feet of tech-oriented office buildings on the West Coast. In addition to 115 premium-branded select service and extended stay hotels, Flynn Properties’ hospitality investments also include the luxury resorts Esperanza and the Chileno Bay Resort, both located in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Carneros Resort and Solage, both located in the Napa Valley, and the Hotel Madeline in Telluride. Its affiliate, Flynn Restaurant Group LP, is the largest franchise restaurant operator in the world and one of the 20 largest foodservice companies of any kind in the United States, owning and operating 2,400 restaurants in 44 states generating $4 billion in sales and employing approximately 73,000 people. For more information, visit www.flynnholdings.com.

About Värde Partners

Värde Partners is a leading global alternative investment firm specializing in credit and credit-related assets. Founded in 1993, the firm has invested through multiple credit cycles, building on its roots in special situations and distressed to invest more than $90 billion across the credit quality and liquidity spectrum in both public and private markets. Värde currently manages over $13 billion in assets with teams in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific focused on Corporate & Traded Credit, Real Estate, and Financial Services. For more information, visit www.varde.com.

Swedish SME lender DBT Secures SEK 3,1 Billion in Funding

STOCKHOLM — DBT (www.dbt.se), the Stockholm-based leading European SME lender, has closed a SEK 3,1 billion debt facility to accelerate its lending to Swedish SMEs from NatWest and Värde Partners. The funding enables DBT to scale further and support more SMEs across all industries with simple access to growth funding.

Swedish-based SME lender DBT has entered into a funding agreement with leading UK bank NatWest and the American global investment firm Värde Partners to lend up to SEK 3,1 billion to Swedish SMEs. The funding agreement will enable DBT to continue meeting the strong demand for growth and innovation oriented corporate loans, demand which has increased in light of the current European energy crisis, fuel price increase and inflation surge, all of which have impacted SMEs.

  • This is a milestone financing arrangement which enables us to support even more scaling SMEs across Sweden. It comes at the best possible time, as the SME companies we support see increased need for flexible yet long term strong financing in light of the current energy crisis, inflation surge and rising fuel prices, said Alexis Kopylov, CEO and co-founder of DBT.

Since its inception in 2017, DBT has built a unique position within growth financing to SMEs leveraging its credit intelligence technology platform, which by leveraging real-time client data enables tailored and scalable funding with faster turnaround to borrowers. DBT’s proprietary technology platform for risk assessment and lending has allowed the company to lend more than SEK 2 billion in the past six years. Data shows that DBT’s borrowers have outperformed other SMEs by 7x in terms of growth¹.

NatWest, the UK’s biggest bank for business, has an established presence in Europe via different entities and a long standing local presence in Sweden, and have been supporting specialty lenders across SMEs, consumers and other sectors for a number of years.

  • Stable access to credit is crucial to the success and growth of SMEs and their positive impact on the economy. Our backing of DBT represents a further step towards our commitment to remove barriers to enterprises and allow them to grow. DBT shares our commitment to serve the growing SME market and we are pleased to further support DBT’s ambition and work with them, says Olmo Montesanti, Co-Head of Private Financing Sales Europe at NatWest Markets N.V., one of NatWest’s entities in Europe.

Värde Partners has more than 20 years of experience investing across the capital structure in consumer finance, commercial finance and other areas related to financial services. The firm currently manages $2 billion of financial services debt and equity investments across a variety of underlying asset classes including secured and unsecured consumer loans, motor vehicle financing, commercial equipment finance, residential housing finance and consumer and commercial credit cards.

  • We welcome the opportunity to establish this partnership to help fund DBT’s aspirations and further expand our provision of commercial finance capital in Europe. DBT have invested considerably in their platform and have developed differentiated SME loan underwriting capabilities. Fintech lenders like DBT are going through a period of extraordinary growth due to a secular shift in their favor. Borrowers, both commercial and consumer, are increasingly demanding more tailored forms of capital to fund their growth and purchases. We believe this has created a substantial asset-based lending opportunity for us that is set to grow materially over the next five years, said Aneek Mamik, Partner and Global Head of Financial Services at Värde Partners.
  • NatWest has been a great partner to work with and we’re grateful for their continued strong support as lender. With this new transaction we also welcome Värde Partners as a new collaboration partner. Both are well renowned financial institutions sharing our commitment to close the SME funding gap, added Alexis Kopylov.

¹Annual revenue growth 2017-2020 for Swedish AB’s with 5-100 employees

DBT in brief
DBT was founded in 2017 with the ambition of creating better growth opportunities for Sweden’s small and medium-sized companies. Leveraging its credit intelligence platform DBT combines a rational tech and data-driven process with a personal and qualitative collaboration to offer SMEs simple access to growth funding. DBT’s corporate financing is aimed at limited companies across all industries that need to borrow SEK 3-30 million. DBT is a registered financial institution with the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. For more information, please visit www.dbt.se

NatWest Markets in brief
NatWest Markets helps corporate and institutional customers manage their financial risks and achieve their short- and long-term financial goals while navigating changing markets and regulation. NatWest Markets N.V. is registered in Amsterdam and provides its European customers with access to EU capital markets. NatWest Markets N.V.’s branches are located in the UK (London), Germany (Frankfurt), France (Paris), Sweden (Stockholm), Italy (Milan), and Ireland (Dublin).

Värde Partners in brief
Värde Partners is a leading global alternative investment firm specializing in credit and credit-related assets. Founded in 1993, the firm has invested through multiple credit cycles, building on its roots in special situations and distressed to invest more than $90 billion across the credit quality and liquidity spectrum in both public and private markets. Värde currently manages over $13 billion in assets with teams in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific focused on Corporate & Traded Credit, Real Estate, and Financial Services.

Värde Wins CMBS Deal of the Year Award for Industry’s First Hotel-Backed CRE CLO

NEW YORK – Värde Partners is honored to win CMBS Deal of the Year as part of GlobalCapital’s 2022 U.S. Securitization Awards.

The annual awards recognize the most notable deals and market participants as voted on by peers, from shortlists compiled by GlobalCapital’s editorial team.

Värde’s VMC Finance 2021-HT1, a $527 million CRE CLO closed in December 2021, was an industry first being entirely backed by hotel assets. The build-to-suit transaction provided investors with access to what the firm views as a unique pocket of the hospitality market and a highly attractive collection of properties. As a result of robust underwriting on a deal-by-deal basis, Värde was able to provide CLO-style investor protections and low-leverage asset quality, similar to deals in the single-asset, single-borrower (SASB) space.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers for this first-of-its-kind transaction that we structured with investors in mind. We would like to thank the teams at Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Dechert and Cadwalader for their important partnership,” said Melissa Band, Director on Värde’s Capital Markets team.

Jim Dunbar, Partner and Head of Real Estate Lending, added: “The success of this deal, we believe, speaks to the growth and maturity of the CRE CLO market. We continue to see both an increased demand for flexible capital that we provide to established owners of real estate assets as well as a strong appetite for our CRE CLO products, and we are pleased to help meet those needs.”

The securitization consisted of 10 floating-rate mortgages originated by Värde’s CRE lending platform and secured by 11 hospitality properties. Many of the loans were transitional in nature, helping properties bridge to a post-pandemic recovery.

Värde funded over $1 billion of real estate loans in the hospitality sector in 2021.


Värde’s CRE Lending Program

Värde has 28 years of experience investing in real estate and credit markets and has originated $6 billion in CRE loans since 2017. The firm has a dedicated team of experienced origination, asset management and capital markets professionals.

Through its CRE lending program, Värde is a non-recourse, balance sheet lender financing all major asset classes, plus mixed-use and self-storage. Värde focuses on providing flexible capital and certainty of execution to meet the needs of experienced real estate investors.

The firm has a clean securitization track record, having experienced zero losses to date, no overcollateralization test breaches, and six of its ten securitizations successfully paid off.


About Värde Partners

Värde Partners is a leading global alternative investment firm specializing in credit and credit-related assets. Founded in 1993, the firm has invested through multiple credit cycles, building on its roots in special situations and distressed to invest more than $90 billion across the credit quality and liquidity spectrum in both public and private markets. Värde currently manages over $13 billion in assets with teams in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific focused on Corporate & Traded Credit, Real Estate, and Financial Services. For more information, please visit www.varde.com.

 

Awards referenced do not reflect the experiences of any Värde client and readers should not view such information as representative of any particular client’s experience or assume that they will have a similar investment experience as any previous or existing client. Awards are not indicative of the past or future performance of any Värde product or service and should not be relied upon as any indication of future performance of Värde or any of its funds. This information is provided solely for background purposes and should not be used as a basis for an investment decision regarding an investment in any Värde product or service. The methodology for the GlobalCapital U.S. Securitization awards is as follows: The awards are based on thousands of votes cast in GlobalCapital’s annual poll comprised of industry participants. GlobalCapital called for industry participants to nominate deals for several categories, and GlobalCapital’s editorial team compiled a shortlist for each category. Market participants then voted in each category in March/April 2022. The selection of Värde to receive the award was based in part on subjective criteria and a limited universe of candidates, and therefore there can be no assurance that a different global editorial team or voters might not have selected other firms or transactions as the winners.

Värde Views: The Echo is Getting Louder

With a sharp acceleration in negative pressure across almost all parts of the financial markets, Värde Partners’ CIOs Ilfryn Carstairs, Giuseppe Naglieri and Brad Bauer reflect on the significant likelihood of an “Echo Cycle” and what it means for the credit opportunity set.

Download Värde Views here.

Värde Partners Finances $747 Million of Commercial Real Estate Loans in the First Half of 2022

MINNEAPOLIS and NEW YORK – Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced it closed $747 million in U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) loans across 16 transactions in the first half of 2022. The transactions span multifamily, hospitality, office, and industrial assets throughout the U.S.

“Despite headwinds created by rising rates, market fundamentals for CRE remain strong. This is especially true in the multifamily space where we see significant, sustained rental demand, fueled by U.S. population growth and the undersupply of housing. We continue to lend on well-located assets with strong sponsorship,” said Jim Dunbar, Partner and Head of Real Estate Lending at Värde.

Värde manages a $4 billion portfolio of first mortgages across CRE sectors. The firm’s multifamily approach has recently focused on lending in high-growth sunbelt markets and infill locations around larger cities.

“Across asset types, borrowers are increasingly relying on non-bank lenders like Värde for bridge and transitional loans to achieve their business plans. We believe the types of flexible financing solutions that Värde provides will continue to play a key role for the CRE industry as asset owners navigate a dynamic market and reposition assets coming out of the pandemic,” Jim added.

Loans Closed in the First Half of 2022

  • $80 million for the refinance of a hotel property in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • $72 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Tampa, FL.
  • $64 million for the refinance of an office property in Raleigh, NC.
  • $57 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in San Antonio, TX.
  • $55 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Torrance, CA.
  • $55 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Tampa Bay, FL.
  • $50 million for the acquisition of a hotel property in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
  • $45 million for the construction of a multifamily portfolio in Irvine, CA.
  • $44 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Fountain Hills, AZ.
  • $43 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Kingwood, TX.
  • $32 million for the acquisition of a hotel property in Miami Beach, FL.
  • $31 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Tucson, AZ.
  • $31 million for the acquisition of a hotel portfolio in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • $30 million for the acquisition of an industrial portfolio in Spartanburg, SC.
  • $30 million for the acquisition of a hotel property in Miami, FL.
  • $28 million for the acquisition of a multifamily property in Bellevue, WA.

Värde’s CRE Lending Program

Värde has 28 years of experience investing in real estate and credit markets and has originated $6 billion in CRE loans since 2017. The firm has a dedicated team of experienced origination, asset management and capital markets professionals.

Through its CRE lending program, Värde is a non-recourse, balance sheet lender financing all major asset classes, plus mixed-use and self-storage. Värde focuses on providing flexible capital and certainty of execution to meet the needs of experienced real estate investors.

The firm has a clean securitization track record, having experienced zero losses to date, no overcollateralization test breaches, and six of its ten securitizations successfully paid off.

About Värde Partners

Värde Partners is a leading global alternative investment firm with roots in credit and distressed. Founded in 1993, the firm has invested $90 billion since inception and manages over $13 billion on behalf of a global investor base. The firm’s investments span corporate and traded credit, real estate and mortgages, private equity, and direct lending. Värde has offices in Minneapolis, New York, London, Singapore and other cities in Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit www.varde.com.

Verdant Commercial Capital Obtains $75 Million Subordinated Debt Facility Provided by Värde Partners

CINCINNATI — Verdant Commercial Capital announced it recently closed on a $75 million subordinated debt facility provided by Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm.

This capital will augment Verdant’s existing financing, allowing the company to further expand its balance sheet and help fuel Verdant’s rapid growth. Ultimately, this financing will help dealers sell more equipment by providing more access to equipment financing and make financing options more flexible for their customers.

“Additional capital helps support Verdant’s significant growth forecast these next few years as we continue our mission of helping our partners sell more equipment through flexible financing solutions,” said Mike Rooney, CEO of Verdant Commercial Capital. “Our new relationship with Värde is an important component to our long-term growth prospects.”

In under five years, Verdant has grown to be one of the top 10 independent equipment finance companies in the United States, with six divisions powering its growth: Industrials; Manufacturing; Specialty Vehicle; Golf, Sports & Entertainment; Renewables & Energy Efficiency; and Technology & Office Automation. Securing this additional capital is an endorsement of the Verdant platform that we believe efficiently originates exceptionally performing assets through its relationships with Tier I OEMs, dealers, distributors, and sellers of capital equipment.

“We found the flexibility of the Värde facility, including the ability to draw down on the line as we continue to expand, the most efficient vehicle for us,” said Robert Moskovitz, CFO of Verdant Commercial Capital. “This facility adds to our capital base fueling Verdant’s growth and building our balance sheet.”

“Verdant is increasingly establishing itself as a leader in equipment financing and we welcome the opportunity to support the company’s successful growth story,” said Aneek Mamik, Partner and Global Co-Head of Financial Services at Värde Partners. “Across the non-bank sector, lenders are increasingly able to provide faster and more flexible financing solutions that are better suited to individual customer and business needs. We see a significant and scalable investment opportunity to provide the alternative capital necessary to drive the continued growth of the non-bank sector.”

Värde Partners has more than 20 years of experience investing in consumer and commercial credit. The firm currently manages c.$2 billion of financial services debt and equity investments across a variety of underlying asset classes including secured and unsecured consumer loans, commercial equipment finance, billboards, residential housing and consumer and commercial credit cards.

About Verdant Commercial Capital

Verdant Commercial Capital is one of the top ten largest independent equipment finance companies in the United States. Verdant provides financing solutions for the acquisition of critical equipment and software in six industries: Industrials; Manufacturing; Specialty Vehicle; Golf, Sports & Entertainment; Renewables & Energy Efficiency; and Technology & Office Automation. Verdant brings partners the ability to fund business with transaction sizes from below $25,000 up to $100 million. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati and has offices in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Verdant was named a 2022 Top Workplace by The Enquirer Media. For more information, visit www.verdantcc.com.

About Värde Partners

Värde Partners is a leading global alternative investment firm with roots in credit and distressed. Founded in 1993, the firm has invested $90 billion since inception and manages over $13 billion on behalf of a global investor base. The firm’s investments span corporate and traded credit, real estate and mortgages, private equity and direct lending. Värde has offices in Minneapolis, New York, London, Singapore and other cities in Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit www.varde.com.