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Sony Corporation of America Announces Sale of 550 Madison Avenue Building

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Corporation of America ("SCA"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation ("Sony"), today announced that it has entered into a contract to sell its U.S. headquarters building, located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City, to a consortium led by The Chetrit Group, a New York-based owner of commercial properties in New York City and other major US real estate markets. 

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The sale price is $1.1 billion, and it is expected that the transaction will close in March 2013.  SCA and other Sony businesses (including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment, among others) will remain in the building for up to three years under a leaseback arrangement with the purchaser.

After repaying debt related to the building and other transaction costs, it is expected that Sony will receive net cash proceeds of approximately $770 million.  Sony expects to realize a gain on the sale of approximately $685 million to be recorded as operating income.

Sony is currently reevaluating its forecast of the consolidated financial results for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 to take into account this sale and other factors that might affect such forecast.

Eastdil Secured advised Sony on this transaction.

1.                Reasons for this sale
Sony is undertaking a range of initiatives to strengthen its financial foundation and business competitiveness and for future growth.  At the same time, Sony is balancing cash inflows and outflows while working to improve its cash flow by carefully selecting investments, selling assets and strengthening control of working capital such as inventory.  This sale is made as a part of such initiatives.

2.                Summary of assets to be sold

Assets / Location

Selling Price

Book Value

Gain on Sale

Current Status

Headquarters building of Sony Corporation of America

(at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City, the United States of America)

$1.1 billion

Approximately $174 million

Expected to be approximately $685 million

Headquarters of Sony Corporation of America

3.                Summary of Sony Corporation of America

Trade name

Sony Corporation of America

Address of head office

550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022, the United States

Name and title of representative

Michael Lynton, CEO

Business

Management of Sony Group's businesses in the U.S.

Stated capital

$11,316.7 million

4.                Summary of Buyer    

Trade name

550 Madison Fifth LLC

Address of head office

c/o The Chetrit Group, LLC, 512 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018, the United States

Contact Information

c/o The Chetrit Group, LLC, attention:  Jacob Chetrit

Purpose of incorporation

Special purpose entity to own real estate

Jurisdiction over incorporation

A limited liability company established under the law of the State of Delaware

Date of incorporation

January 15, 2013

Summary of investors

A consortium led by  The Chetrit Group, a New York-based owner of commercial properties of various property types in New York City and other major US real estate markets

Relationship with Sony

Corporation

Capital relationship

Sony is not an investor in the Buyer. There is no capital relationship between the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein. There is no capital relationship between affiliates of the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein.

Personnel relationship

There is no personnel relationship between the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein. There is no personnel relationship between affiliates of the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein.

Transaction relationship

There is no transaction relationship between the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein. There is no transaction relationship between affiliates of the Buyer and Sony required to be referred to herein.

Status as a related party

Neither the Buyer nor its affiliates are deemed to be a related party of Sony.

5.                Schedule

(1)

Approval of the contract of sale

(by the CEO of Sony Corporation)

January 18, 2013 (Japan Time)

(2)

Execution of the contract of sale

January 17, 2013 (EST)

(3)

Expected closing date of the sale

March 15, 2013

6.                Outlook
As mentioned above, Sony is currently reevaluating its forecast of the consolidated financial results for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 to take into account this sale and other factors that might affect such forecast.

(For reference)  Sony's consolidated financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, which was announced on November 1, 2012, and its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012

(Yen in billions)


Sales and

operating revenue

Operating income

(loss)

Income (loss) before income taxes

Net income (loss) attributable to Sony Corporation's stockholders

Consolidated financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013

6,600

130

150

20

Consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012

6,493.2

(67.3)

(83.2)

(456.7)

About Sony Corporation of America:

Sony Corporation of America, located in New York, NY, is the U.S. headquarters of Sony Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Sony Network Entertainment Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, and Sony Online Entertainment LLC. With some 900 million Sony devices in hands and homes worldwide today, a vast array of Sony movies, television shows and music, and the PlayStation Network and the Sony Entertainment Network, Sony creates and delivers more entertainment experiences to more people than anyone else on earth.

Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $79 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, and employs 162,700 people worldwide.

SOURCE Sony Corporation of America

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