IGY Marinas recently completed its annual “Giving Day”, and one of the organizations it donated its time to was The Sanctuary on 8th Street in Jacksonville, FL. IGY owns the Marina at Ortega Landing, and when the management team was looking for a cause to support, a slip holder at the marina recommended the Sanctuary, which is a nonprofit education program. Mr. Andrew Farkas leads the IGY management team as Founder & Chairman. IGY Marinas is affiliated with Island Capital Group LLC, a leading real estate services firm, of which Mr. Farkas is also Chairman and CEO.
The Sanctuary on 8th Street is a nonprofit organization that provides afterschool, summer school and homeschool programs to local students in the Jacksonville area. It is located in an aging building that was in need of repairs, so IGY Marinas’ staff volunteered to help for a day. Five staff members and nine volunteers from the marina’s boating community worked on the exterior of the building and the landscaping around it. They power-washed the building and sidewalk, repainted the front of the building, installed stained-glass in the windows, and placed fresh mulch around the trees. The project totaled nearly 100 man-hours in volunteer labor, and the marina also donated money to the organization. Nearly $3,000 went towards paint, mulch, and the windows, and they also gave a check for $500 to support the summer school program.
Mr. Farkas and the IGY Marinas leadership team have demonstrated their commitment to philanthropic causes ever since the company was founded in 2005. The IGY Community Outreach Project has helped dozens of towns such as Jacksonville by sending IGY Marinas staff members into local communities to give back for a day. IGY also created the NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund to support victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, with a goal of raising $5 million to give to affected families. By continuing to donate to those in need, Mr. Farkas is ensuring that IGY Marinas is making a positive impact wherever it is present.
Exantas Capital Corp., formerly known as Resource Capital Corporation, recently announced the issuance of $404.9 million of non-recourse, floating rate notes. The issuance consists of notes of multiple classes rated by Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA). Exantas is a real estate investment trust that is a subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Andrew L. Farkas serves as Chairman of Exantas, and Chairman and CEO of C-III as a whole.
Exantas issued several classes of highly rated notes, including $290.5 million of Class A Notes, rated Aaa by Moody’s and AAA by Fitch Ratings and KBRA. The company also issued $39.2 million of Class B Notes, which KBRA rated AA-, and $30.2 million of class C Notes, which were rated A- by KBRA. Finally, they issued $45.0 million of Class D Notes, with a rating of BBB- from KBRA. Class E and F notes will not be offered at this time.
CEO Robert C. Lieber was happy with the CLO issuance, saying: “This transaction is more than 35% larger than its CLO issuance completed last June, which was the company’s largest post-crisis issuance at the time.” The transaction is expected to close on June 26th, 2018, but already has been received favorably and has significant demand.
Exantas Capital Corporation utilizes C-III’s expertise and resources to specifically invest in CRE credit investments. Mr. Farkas has successfully grown C-III from its founding in 2010 to a fully diversified asset management company with several subsidiaries. It manages a total of $8 billion in assets, and has resolved over $50 billion of real estate loans.
C-III Asset Management, a subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners, recently facilitated a purchase made by Grubb Properties at 12701 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, Va. This is the first time Grubb has purchased property in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The property is also known as Argon Plaza and is within close proximity to Fair Oaks Mall. C-III Capital Partners is under strong leadership and guidance, with Andrew L. Farkas being both the CEO and Chairman of this company.
The purchase made by Grubb Properties amounted to $38.8 million total and was sold by the U.S. Bank. A subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners, NAI Global, brokered the purchase with HFF. NAI Global is a real estate broker and is also under the leadership of Andrew Farkas’ company, C-III Capital Partners.
Argon Plaza was built in 1988 and is comprised of a 10-story building. The property is also 275,000 square feet and is also occupied by The Boeing Company, and will remain at this location for at least the next five years. The area surrounding Argon Plaza offers plenty of access to retail, cafes and eateries and it also in close proximity to Interstate 66 and Route 286. Both roads are used regularly by commuters in the Washington, D.C. area.
C-III Capital Partners and NAI Global are pleased to have helped Grubb Properties make its very first purchase in Northern Virginia. The Washington, D.C. area is an ideal location for property investment due to easy public transportation access and plethora of nationally known companies. Under the guidance of Andrew Farkas, both C-III Capital Partners and NAI Global will continue to assist real estate companies in purchasing properties with great potential.
Andrew L. Farkas, chairman of Resource Capital Corporation, reported on the status on April 29, 2018 of a strategic plan that was put forth 18 months ago. This plan detailed Real Capital Corporation’s repositioning as a commercial real estate company that will produce sustainable core earnings and deliver long-term shareholder value. According to Andrew Farkas, this plan is now complete and has met its goals.
Between now and when the plan was implemented, Resource Capital Corporation was able to sell $417 million non-core assets. $57 million of the remaining $63 million are legacy commercial real estate loans. Andrew Farkas believes that the best way to handle the legacy loans is to spend time to work them out. This will ideally result in achieving maximum proceeds for the company’s investors. The course of action outlined by Andrew Farkas is based off of resolving more than $50 billion similar loans for C-III Capital Partners.
The completion of the strategic plan will also result in an increase in Resource Capital Corporation’s quarterly dividend by $0.10 per share in the second quarter. According to Andrew Farkas, this will be a 100% in the quarterly common dividend since the plan started.
Another goal that was accomplished with the strategic plan is that throughout the last 18 months, around $800 million transitional commercial real estate loans have been originated. $165 million of the Series A and B preferred shares have also been fully redeemed. Andrew Farkas predicts that obtaining core earnings growth should be an easy path due to these accomplishments, which he stated in the following quote: “The path to core earnings growth from here is clear; identifying opportunities for quality, risk adjusted returns by leveraging C-III’s platform to invest in a broad array of commercial real estate credit investments.”
Andrew Farkas also stated that as of May 25, 2018, Resource Capital Corporation will be called Exantas Capital Corporation. In addition to the name change, Andrew Farkas is eager to see company-wide growth now that the strategic plan is complete.