Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC) (the “Company”) today announced the completion of the previously announced internalization of the Company’s management and operating functions and termination of the management agreement between the Company and its external manager, CLNC Manager, LLC, a subsidiary of Colony Capital, Inc. (the “Manager” or “Colony Capital”). The Company made a one-time cash payment of $102.3 million to the Manager to terminate the management agreement.
The internalization will enhance the Company’s positioning and is expected to produce meaningful benefits to all stockholders, including:
- substantial anticipated cost savings of approximately $14 to 16 million per year, or approximately $0.10 to 0.12 per share of common stock;
- management continuity and team expertise, led by Michael J. Mazzei, Chief Executive Officer & President, Andrew Witt, Chief Operating Officer, Frank V. Saracino, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Accounting Officer, David A. Palamé, General Counsel & Secretary, and approximately 45 employees who have contributed substantially to the Company’s investment, portfolio management, servicing, financial reporting and related operations;
- further alignment of management with the Company and stockholders, with an internalized structure, more transparent organizational model and dedicated employee base focused solely on the Company; and
- rebranding to reflect the Company’s evolution, which rebranding as a self-managed Company is an important milestone and anticipated in the coming months.
Additional details regarding the internalization and related matters will be contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 3, 2021.
About Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.
Colony Credit Real Estate (NYSE: CLNC) is one of the largest publicly traded commercial real estate (CRE) credit REITs, focused on originating, acquiring, financing and managing a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of CRE debt investments and net leased properties predominantly in the United States. CRE debt investments primarily consist of first mortgage loans, which we expect to be the primary investment strategy. Colony Credit Real Estate is organized as a Maryland corporation and taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clncredit.com.
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We caution investors not to unduly rely on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Colony Credit Real Estate is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, nor to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations, and Colony Credit Real Estate does not intend to do so.
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