Ok, I have a question on that and I know I should know the answer but I don't. I am not certain Blackstone owns any shares. Correct me if I am wrong, but is it that a fund put together by Blackstone bought Hilton and if the Hilton does go up from the price paid Blackstone gets a profit percentage/carried interest. And Blackstone LP itself does not own any direct shares. Granted they could own some of the fund that bought Hilton in addition to the carried interest. Just asking because it is something I always wondered about.
Nice! I wonder what was up with Essex House? Maybe that was normal and since we did not have the Super Bowl it was a bad comparison. Certainly I suppose the Arizona properties may have benefited from that this year. Glad I did not sell anything. I am so stupid though for not trading it over the years at the peaks and rebuying. I am a buy and hold person. Oh well.
And it is down today because I bought more. I guess it is OK that the price has stayed down as I seek to accumulate. Lord I hope income turns and the residential projects pay off.
First off, I am very long and own a lot. But I do want to vent. Does anyone else lease from Equity Office? I have been in a beautiful B Plus building for about 15 years. Equity has owned it for several years. They have 'fixed" it up to I presume sell it. But they turned a B plus to a C plus. Who does that? They went with the Costco public restrooms look for the bathrooms. Put in fixtures that you can't wash your hand with. This causes everyone to twist the water spout which torques Equity because they say it is striping the pipes. They took off beautiful bricks and repainted with #$%$ painted walls. The door fixtures have big gaps. Pure #$%$ that they spent good money on that could have gone to the LP holders.
OK, done venting. Go BX!
It is interesting. I am accumulating. I think it was this morning the WSJ had an article on another Chinese insurance company buying a Boston office building. I would bet they paid more than a 10 cap but from my quick scan I don't think they got into the metrics. I just have to think that once income starts to move up again that this will have a 14 FFO price. I am buying it like a bond with a land bank and large opportunities for stable growth into the future. I sure hope I am not way wrong for accumulating..
Let's hope the bad days are in the past and we will see long term growth in the future. Granted I would like the price to stay down a while longer while I accumulate.
PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As tenants continue to scour New Jersey for the best available options, a flight to quality is buoying the state's office market, according to Transwestern's first-quarter 2015 Office Market report. Despite large move-outs nudging the state's vacancy rate to 16.3 percent, from 16.2 percent the previous quarter, increased leasing velocity resulted in tightened occupancy in 13 of New Jersey's 21 submarkets. Other sectors of the office market are also performing well:
•Class A leasing outpaced vacated space for the fourth consecutive quarter, with more than 2.6 million square feet absorbed during the past 12 months.
•Of New Jersey's 21 submarkets, 17 recorded positive absorption year-over-year, while 13 saw positive absorption quarter-over-quarter.
•Despite a slight quarterly setback, asking rents continued to trend upward when compared year-over-year. At $24.91 per square foot, the first-quarter 2015 average is $0.25 higher than a year ago.
•Since first-quarter 2014, the Parsippany Region in Morris County outperformed all other submarkets, absorbing nearly 640,000 square feet of office space, primarily in buildings that have been upgraded with enhanced amenities.
•Large corporations continue to sell office product in which they have been longtime occupants. In sale-leaseback cases, investors benefit from having a quality tenant in place, while in other cases, the new owner may see value-add opportunities to purchase a well-located, distressed asset at a discounted basis and redevelop it or lease at very aggressive rental rates.
With today's drop I thought the Smith Travel report was a disaster or something. Onward and upward. I sure hope they buy something good with the Hyatt proceeds. I have only been to that hotel once. Glad they got rid of it. But I do hope they find something that can be a value added proposition.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 19-25 April 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.
In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy increased 4.3 percent to 69.8 percent. Average daily rate increased 6.5 percent to finish the week at US$120.07. Revenue per available room for the week was up 11.0 percent to finish at US$83.86.
Five of the Top 25 Markets reported RevPAR increases of more than 25.0 percent: San Francisco/San Mateo, California (+42.1 percent to US$228.13); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey (+36.3 percent to US$127.62); Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (+34.6 percent to US$154.19); Detroit, Michigan (+33.5 percent to US$69.66); and Chicago, Illinois (+27.5 percent to US$109.97).
They only have to pay a dividend if they have taxable income. They would like to take income/cash flow and invest it rather than pay a dividend. It does make since because if they paid a dividend we would have to pay tax on it and then have a smaller amount to invest than if they took the cash and invested it. I do like the idea except for the fact I need the dividend to pay tuition and don't really want to sell anything.
Well, I guess I sure prognosticated incorrectly. I kind of figured they had a plan for getting some earnings growth. This thing is in a free fall. No real volume spike or anything. So odd. Is anyone else a buyer?
I wonder why they sold that minority interest? Symbolic to show the market that the multi-family move was not just a whole in the ground but rather is economically beneficial? I guess I am done accumulating.