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Chetrit Group to buy Sony HQ for $1.1B

January 18, 2013 08:00AM

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and 550 Madison Avenue

Sony will sell its New York City headquarters at 550 Madison Avenue to the Chetrit Group for $1.1 billion, Bloomberg News reported.

The electronics giant will remain in the building that bears its name for about three more years, and will generate around $770 million in cash with the sale, when debt and transaction costs are accounted for.

“It makes sense for Sony, as it’s no longer a cash-rich company,” Keita Wakabayashi, an analyst at Tokyo-based Mito Securities, told Bloomberg News.

The Chetrit Group owns a number of trophy properties in New York City and beyond, including the historic Hotel Chelsea.

Eastdil Secured advised Sony in the deal. [Bloomberg]

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