NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF) Prices Its Shares of Public Issue

Christine Lawrence - May 16, 2014

Boston, MA 05/16/2014 (wallstreetpr) – NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF), a diversified commercial real estate investment company, announced the pricing of its common stock. The company has announced two public offerings; one is common stock and the other is a new Series E Preferred Stock.

Pricing of Common Stock

The company has earlier announced an underwritten public issue of 30 million shares and the issue is likely to close on Friday, i.e. May 16 with an option to the underwriters allowing them an additional 4.5 million shares during a 30-day option period. NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. has now priced its public issue at $15.45 a share.

The company plans to use the funds from the public issue for general corporate purposes, including repayment of its liabilities and in connection with the recently disclosed transactions such as the $1.0 billion joint venture hotel portfolio, acquisition of minority stake in Aerium Group, and a $167 million investment in a 6.3 million square foot of industrial portfolio by way of preferred and common stock.

The company engaged the services of UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Credit Suisse, Barclays, and J.P. Morgan as joint book-running managers. JMP Securities, Bruyette & Woods, FBR, and MLV & CO. as co-managers for the issue.

Preferred Stock

Separately, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. has also disclosed that it has initiated an underwritten public issue of a new 8.75% Series E Preferred Stock for $225 million with a liquidation option of $25 a share. The company indicated that it will not mind in granting a 30-day option to the underwriters to buy additional stocks to cover over-allotments. The company is raising the money for the same three reasons that it has spelt out for its public issue of common stock.

Issue Managers

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF) engaged the services of UBS Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), as joint book-running managers, while Barclays, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), J.P. Morgan and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as co-managers for the issue.

Christine Lawrence

Christine Lawrence is a financial analyst. She loves analyzing socioeconomic trends in the background of financial moves. She has overall seven years of experience in Auditing, Finance and Writing.

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