Prudential Mortgage Capital Company closes first commercial real estate loan in the Netherlands

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company closes first commercial real estate loan in the Netherlands

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Prudential Mortgage Capital Company has provided $72 million of a total $91.5 million financing package in the Netherlands, its third commercial real estate loan since launching its European business in 2012 and its first in continental Europe. Prudential Mortgage Capital Company is the commercial mortgage lending business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU  ) .

The loan is secured by a portfolio of six warehouse properties spread throughout the Netherlands and owned by W.P. Carey, Inc., a U.S.-based publically traded REIT (NYSE: WPC  ) . The properties are leased to C1000, a national supermarket chain recently acquired by Jumbo to form the second-largest grocer in the Netherlands. Prudential Mortgage Capital Company is refinancing a majority of the existing senior loan and the incumbent lender, ING Real Estate Finance, will continue to provide $19.5 million in subordinate financing.

The seven-year financing helps move the company a step closer to its 2013 goal of achieving more than $750 million of long-term, fixed-rate senior debt transactions in Europe, with the ability to do significantly more than this. The European program offers similar loan structures to those it offers in the US and as in the US, has the ability to fund individual transactions of significant size. All European debt will be denominated in local currency and secured by income-producing real estate. As in the U.S., Prudential is primarily focused on office, warehouse, multifamily and retail properties in and around large population centers such as London, the major cities in Germany, Paris and the Netherlands. Prudential also seeks opportunities to finance transactions in collaboration with local banks, especially on the European continent.

“Many commercial property owners across Europe are looking to broaden their sources of capital as dislocation in the real estate finance market continues,” said Thor Orndahl, a managing director who oversees Prudential Mortgage Capital Company’s non-U.S. mortgage platform. “Industrial warehouse is a preferred asset type of ours globally, and gaining exposure to Dutch and German distribution remains an important strategic objective.”

Drew Abernethy, head of European originations, said, “Prudential is very happy to have closed this first loan in the Netherlands and in continental Europe, and is committed to working with international clients like W.P. Carey around the world, whether it’s in Europe, North America, or Japan. We also look forward to working with partners such as ING Real Estate Finance on future transactions.”

W.P. Carey Managing Director, Greg Butchart, noted, “The refinancing with Prudential is a testament to W.P. Carey’s adherence to its strategy of investing in critical properties leased to solid tenants in industries that we believe will continue to perform over the long term. Overlaying this strategy is an adherence to conservative financial structuring and moderate debt ratios that maximize financing options and facilitate refinancings like the loan just closed with Prudential.”

With $14.1 billion in assets under management, W.P. Carey is a U.S. REIT specializing in build-to-suit and long-term triple-net sale and leaseback acquisitions. Their portfolio comprises more than 1,000 properties with nearly 300 tenants representing 30 industries located across 19 countries.

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company is a national full-service, commercial and multifamily mortgage finance business with more than $72.6 billion in assets under management and administration as of December 31, 2012. Leveraging a 135-year history of real estate finance, the company offers one of the most comprehensive lines of real estate finance products and originates loans for Fannie Mae DUS®, Freddie Mac Program Plus® and specialized affordable housing programs; FHA; Conduit; Prudential’s general account and proprietary balance sheet program; and other institutional investors. The company maintains a loan servicing portfolio of approximately $70.4 billion, as of December 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.prumortgagecapital.com.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU  ) , a financial services leader with approximately $1.060 trillion of assets under management as of December 31, 2012, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit http://www.news.prudential.com/.



Prudential Financial, Inc.
John Chartier, 973-802-9829
john.chartier@prudential.com

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