Berkadia Arranges $50M Refinancing for Pan American Life Center

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Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Jefferies Financial Group, has arranged the $49.8-million refinancing loan for the Pan American Life Center, a 28-story office building in New Orleans.

Located at 601 Poydras Street, the property consists of 674,000 square feet of leasable office space. On-site features and amenities include building management, a covered parking garage and a full-service restaurant. The building’s Conference Center also features a 24,451-square-foot multi-purpose facility, and a 252-seat theater-style auditorium.

Berkadia’s Andy Coleman secured the financing on behalf of the borrower, Louisiana-based Stirling Properties through lender Wells Fargo. The loan features a 10-year, fixed-rate term and a 25-year amortization schedule.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation (now known as Jefferies Financial Group), Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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