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Colony exits hospitality sector with $2.7 sale to Highgate, Cerberus

Colony Capital has closed on its $2.7 billion sale of its six hospitality portfolios to Highgate and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.

The transaction concludes the investment giant’s previously announced exit from the hospitality business.

The transaction resulted in aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $67.5 million and a reduction of consolidated investment-level debt of $2.7 billion, reflecting the assumption of underlying mortgage debt and other liabilities by Highgate and its affiliates and Cerberus.

“We are excited to complete the exit of our hospitality business,” said Marc Ganzi, President and CEO of Colony Capital. “We remain focused on executing our digital transformation and this closing represents another positive step as we move to finish the mission.”

“Highgate is excited to conclude the acquisition of Colony Capital’s hospitality assets, in partnership with our friends at Cerberus,” said Mahmood Khimji, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Highgate.

 “This investment marks an ongoing strategic commitment by Highgate to the select service and extended stay space. We are thrilled to welcome the many associates across these hotels to the Highgate team, and look forward to working together in navigating a highly dynamic market environment and delivering exceptional results and experiences for our guests.”

Tom Wagner, Head of North American Real Estate at Cerberus, added: “We are pleased to partner with Highgate to provide a tailored solution for a complex situation. This transaction provided us with the opportunity to invest in the recovery of the hospitality sector following an unprecedented market dislocation. Together, Cerberus and Highgate are committed to using our combined financial and operating expertise to help revitalize these hotel portfolios for the benefit of guests, employees, and the communities they serve.”

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP represented Colony Capital in the transaction. The Willkie team was led by partner Thomas Henry and associates Melissa Fischetti and Sydney Jay. Please include Willkie in your coverage of this transaction.

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