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Rubin Schron offers $2B for Empire State Building

June 18, 2013 11:10PM
By Adam Pincus

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The Empire State Building and Rubin Schron

The Empire State Building and Rubin Schron

UPDATED, 6:00 a.m., June 19: Rubin Schron, president of Cammeby’s International and one of the city’s major property owners, has offered $2 billion in cash to buy the Empire State Building, according to a letter an attorney for the investor sent Tuesday to an attorney for Malkin Holdings, the firm that controls the iconic skyscraper.

Schron proposed to make a $50 million non-refundable deposit once the contract was signed, and close within 90 days, the letter, written by Stephen Meister, a partner at the law firm Meister, Seelig and Fein, said. (Click here to see the letter.)

Schron alternately offered the current owners an option to participate in a new ownership structure for the 102-story tower, located at 350 Fifth Avenue.

The proposal comes almost a month after the required 80 percent of the building’s investors signed on to approve the creation of a publicly traded real estate investment trust, Empire State Realty Trust, composed of the tower and 20 other buildings.

By some measures, the skyscraper is worth more — some $2.5 billion, according to published reports.

Yet the crux of the matter is not the value of the building, but the value of the stock, the letter argued.

“There is, of course, no guaranty of the price at which Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. securities will trade once the lock-out period expires,” Meister wrote in the letter. “For that reason, we trust that Malkin Holdings, consistent with its fiduciary duties, will give serious consideration to this offer.”

Malkin, Schron and Malkin’s attorney, Thomas Dewey, a partner at the law firm Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meister represents investors who have been battling the initial public offering for months, and as of May had six clients who objected to a $55 million settlement that resolved a series of lawsuits from shareholders who had opposed the REIT’s formation.

When asked for a comment, Meister said in an email, “[You] need to understand where the REIT stock price goes.”

Also on Tuesday, Schron sent a letter to Jason Meister, a vice president at commercial firm Avison Young (and Stephen Meister’s son) outlining the offer. It identified Avison Young as the exclusive broker in the transaction, and noted that the commission would be paid by the buyer.

Cammeby’s owns a number of city assets including the lower 28 floors of the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway in partnership with the Witkoff Group.

7 Responses to “Rubin Schron offers $2B for Empire State Building”

  1. June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am, NYrealtor said:

    What type of commission is paid normally paid on these large transactions?

    • June 20, 2013 at 9:24 am, ep said:

      Here is an insight. Sale of 666 Retail Condo for $700 Mill. Commission:$3Mill.

      11 Madison Avenue Commi:$5 Mill.

      Google Building Commission:$5Mill

  2. June 19, 2013 at 11:31 am, Don said:

    2%

  3. June 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm, Sh!t My Tenants Say said:

    less than 1%, but this looks like a direct offer.

  4. June 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm, LeighKampingCarder said:

    What do you think about a $2 billion price tag? Does it make sense?

  5. June 20, 2013 at 8:36 am, nyrealestatmogul said:

    It’s worth at least 2billion the only question is how much equity he will have to put up. Schron could probably flip the building 2.75 if it was fully marketed

  6. June 20, 2013 at 9:20 am, ep said:

    He will propbably put $200Mill down and finance the rest.

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