Korean fund buys minority stake in Minskoff’s 51 Astor

$113M deal values Midtown South property at $600M

James Yoohoon Jeon and Edward Minskoff
James Yoohoon Jeon and Edward Minskoff

UPDATED, 3:44 p.m., Oct. 8: The Korean Teachers’ Credit Union recently bought a minority stake in Edward Minskoff’s 51 Astor Place, a deal that values the futuristic-looking Midtown South office property at $600 million.

The Seoul-based credit union, which has more than $23 billion in assets under management, paid roughly $113 million to buy a 49-percent stake in the fully leased, 400,000-square-foot building. The partners’ equity, plus debt of roughly $370 million, values the property at approximately $600 million.

“We’ve already invested in a couple of deals” with Minskoff Equities, said James Yoohoon Jeon of FG Asset Management, the Korean firm that oversees the credit union’s investments in 51 Astor and 101 Sixth Avenue, another Minskoff property which it bought into in 2013.

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“We believe there’s a huge potential for rent increase in Midtown South,” Jeon added. KTCU recently partnered with TIAA-CREF to purchase a $175 million loan on David Werner’s Socony-Mobil Building, the first investment in what the partners said will be a $1 billion joint venture.

The Eastdil Secured team of Douglas Harmon and Adam Spies represented Minskoff’s firm in the deal. Real Estate Alert previously reported that Eastdil was marketing the stake.

With IBM’s expansion to roughly 150,000 square feet earlier this year, Minskoff’s Fumihiko Maki-designed office building hit full occupancy, Minskoff achieved records rents for the area, with financial firms Claren Road Asset Management and Tudor Investment Corporation agreeing to pay triple-digit rents.

The building has nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space, with CVS Pharmacy taking about 11,500 square feet in July.