NEWARK–Vornado Realty Trust has closed on its acquisition of 70% of trophy office buildings on both the East and West coasts, for $1.8 billion. The 42-story, two-million-sf, fully-occupied 1290 Avenue of the Americas spans an entire city block between 51st and 52nd streets in Midtown Manhattan. The Bank of American Center in San Francisco is a 1.8-million, 94%-occupied tower at 555 California St.

As previously reported, Vornado is buying the shares of a group of foreign companies that own the 1% sole general partnership interest as well as 69% in limited partnership interest. They are held through American entities: Apollo Real Estate for the New York building and Hudson Waterfront Associates for San Francisco.

The purchase price consists of $1.01 billion in cash and $797 million in existing debt. Vornado executives estimate a price of $775 per sf for 1290 Ave. of the Americas and $575 per sf for 555 California St. At those rates the New York building is valued at $1.55 billion and the San Francisco building at $1.035 billion. Vornado’s 70% share is $1.085 billion for the New York building, and $724.5 million for the San Francisco building.

The remaining 30% limited partnership interest continues to be in Donald Trump’s hands. Vornado has agreed to indemnify the sellers for liabilities and expenses relating to Trump’s claims from an unrelated lawsuit Trump initiated in 2005.

Major tenants in 1290 Ave. of the Americas include AXA, Morrison & Foerster, Brvan Cave and Microsoft. Major tenants in the Bank of America Center include Bank of America, UBS and Goldman Sachs.

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