Pimco-Owned Office Landlord Defaults on $1.7 Billion Mortgage
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February 24 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Pimco-Owned Office Landlord Defaults on $1.7 Billion Mortgage

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: 

An office landlord controlled by Pacific Investment Management Co. has defaulted on about $1.7 billion of mortgage notes on seven buildings, a sign of widening pain for the industry as property values fall and rising interest rates squeeze borrowers.

The buildings — in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Jersey City, New Jersey — are owned by Columbia Property Trust, which was acquired in 2021 for $3.9 billion by funds managed by Pimco. The mortgages have floating-rate debt, which led to rising monthly payments as interest rates soared last year.

“We, like most office owners, are addressing the unique and unprecedented challenges currently facing our asset class and customer base,” Justina Lombardo, a spokesperson for Columbia Property Trust, said in an emailed statement. “We have engaged with our lenders on a restructuring of our loan on seven properties within our larger national portfolio.  We look forward to a collaborative process yielding thoughtful solutions that reflect current market conditions and best serve the interests of all stakeholders.”

Eoin Treacy's view

Over the last few months I have been struck by the number of conversations I’d had where investors have been investing in private credit for years already. One way of thinking about it is investment banks are going back to their roots. 

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