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Bahrain's Investcorp acquires $223m tower in US

The new property - 901 Fifth Avenue - is a five hectares, multi-tenanted office building, located in Seattle’s central business district

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Bahraini investment company Investcorp announced that its US-based real estate arm has purchased a 41-storey, Class A office building in Seattle, Washington, for approximately $223.5m.

This acquisition is consistent with Investcorp’s new initiative of acquiring top-quality, well-occupied, cash-flowing properties in key gateway markets in the US. This represents the second acquisition under the strategy.

In February, Investcorp acquired 733 Tenth Street, a Class A office building in Washington DC, for approximately $180m.

The new property - 901 Fifth Avenue - is a five hectares, multi-tenanted office building, located in Seattle’s central business district.

The property is 90% occupied by a diverse roster of 46 tenants, involved in a broad spectrum of businesses, including technology, legal services, and professional services.

Babak Sultani, real estate specialist at Investcorp, said: “We believe 901 Fifth Avenue offers a stable, long-term investment in one of the most dynamic gateway markets in the western United States. In the past year, we have exceeded $400m in gross asset values with this strategy and this acquisition further exemplifies our strategy of identifying alternative investment opportunities that we believe can deliver superior returns for Investcorp.

"What we liked about this property is that it is easily accessible via the region’s primary freeways and public transportation options, and is within walking distance to high-end restaurants, retail outlets, hotels, cultural attractions and Seattle’s court houses, which we believe fuels significant demand for office space from legal, professional services and technology firms.”

Investcorp purchased the property with its joint venture partner, Schnitzer West, a real estate investment, development, and management firm with a current portfolio of 49ha in the Seattle metropolitan area.

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