Colony Northstar Credit: Underowned & Undervalued

Recently launched Commercial Mortgage REIT should reach earnings potential of $0.54/quarter by year-end Low institutional ownership will rise as the REIT gets new analyst coverage and is added to indices/ETFs Undervalued at a discount of 20% to NAV compared to average premium of 18% for large cap peers (Starwood, Blackstone, Apollo) Potential total return over … Continue reading Colony Northstar Credit: Underowned & Undervalued

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Northstar Realty Europe: Rising Asset Value and Falling Expenses

Northstar Realty Europe is delivering an attractive shareholder return from a portfolio of prime assets in strong European markets. Net Asset Value rose 27% since 12/31/16 to $20.50/share at 3/31/18 Property Operating Expense declined from 24% of revenue in 2016 to 20% of revenue in 1Q18 Overhead Expense declined from 6.0% of Net Assets in … Continue reading Northstar Realty Europe: Rising Asset Value and Falling Expenses

CLNS 1Q18 Initial Reaction

Colony Northstar 1Q18 results (press release and supplement).  A few points: $279mm shares repurchased (average price of $5.79).  I estimate accretion of $0.33 to adjusted equity per share (after removal of Northstar goodwill).  This is bigger than earnings. Industrial and Hospitality results look like they are below the pace of guidance and weaker than peers.  … Continue reading CLNS 1Q18 Initial Reaction

Colony Collapse Disorder: Will CLNS 1Q Results Provide A Cure?

Colony Northstar shares fell sharply over the past 6 months due to poor operating results and an unclear strategy for improvement 1Q18 earnings are unlikely to hold any surprises.  Healthcare peers have been weak, Industrial and Hospitality have been strong.  "Unallocated" corporate costs are the biggest uncertainty. With little conviction I estimate $0.74/share of FFO … Continue reading Colony Collapse Disorder: Will CLNS 1Q Results Provide A Cure?

Colony Northstar Credit Real Estate Might Not Be A Disaster

Several things could go right for Colony Northstar Credit Real Estate (CLNC) in coming months: Release of year-end results and conference call will provide an opportunity for the company to introduce itself to investors. $300mm share repurchase plan can begin after results are out.  At a price of $20/share, the plan could acquire over 18% … Continue reading Colony Northstar Credit Real Estate Might Not Be A Disaster

Colony Northstar Merger Math 2+2+2=3

The merger of Colony Capital, Northstar Realty, and Northstar Asset Management combined 3 companies with a market cap of about $2Bn into one company whose market cap has fallen to $3Bn. Operating performance has fallen far short of expectations and far short of the partners premerger earnings. Most of the acquired Northstar assets have been … Continue reading Colony Northstar Merger Math 2+2+2=3

Colony Northstar Is Becoming Simpler And More Valuable

Near-term earnings are a bit weaker than expected and it will take years to realize the expected benefits of the merger The stock trades at one of the lowest valuations in the sector because the balance sheet and income statement remain difficult to analyze The market may have overlooked the benefits of the recently announced … Continue reading Colony Northstar Is Becoming Simpler And More Valuable

Colony Northstar Delivered a 50% Return. What’s Next?

Colony Northstar (CLNS) management did an admirable job of bringing their 3-way merger to completion.  Northstar Asset Management (NSAM) shareholders have earned a total return over 50% since I wrote last July that shares had potential for a 60% return (LINK).  What next? CLNS has not updated its future guidance since the initial merger presentation … Continue reading Colony Northstar Delivered a 50% Return. What’s Next?

Northstar Realty Europe – Activist Sees Opportunity in Advisor’s Change of Control

, UPDATE May 31 2017: Activist Bow Street Capital sold all of its Northstar Realty Europe shares to Colony Northstar on May 12 (link to SEC filing) and withdrew its acquisition offer. Bow Street LLC has offered to buy Northstar Realty Europe for $13/share (LINK): "We firmly believe that NRE’s true value will never be … Continue reading Northstar Realty Europe – Activist Sees Opportunity in Advisor’s Change of Control

No Real Excitement for Northstar Realty Europe

The pending Colony Northstar merger (described in prior articles) did not address the future of Northstar Realty Europe (NRE).  NRE claims to be undervalued for reasons similar to Northstar Realty Finance (NRF) (see NRE presentation): Share price ($9.86 on 10/27) is well below Net Asset Value independently assessed at $16.64 at 6/30/16. Quarterly dividend of … Continue reading No Real Excitement for Northstar Realty Europe