|By Marketwired .||
|September 24, 2013 02:01 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 09/24/13 -- Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the "Company" or "ARI") (NYSE: ARI) today announced the Company, together with other investors, including affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) ("Apollo"), have reached an agreement to make an investment in an entity that has agreed to acquire a minority participation in KBC Bank Deutschland AG ("KBCD"), the German subsidiary of Belgian KBC Group NV (the "KBCD Transaction"). ARI committed to invest up to approximately $50 million (EUR 38 million), representing approximately 21% of the ownership. The acquisition is subject to antitrust and regulatory approval, which is expected to take approximately nine months, although there are no assurances the acquisition will close.
As of December 31, 2012, KBCD had total assets of EUR 2,607 million. KBCD specializes in corporate banking and financial services for medium-sized German companies. KBCD also is active in real estate financing, acquisition finance, institutional asset management and private wealth management for German high net worth individuals. KBCD's existing real estate loan portfolio is focused on development and investment financing, primarily in Germany, across a number of property sectors.
Commenting on the transaction, Stuart Rothstein, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for ARI to invest alongside other Apollo affiliates in a well-structured transaction to acquire a minority participation in a scalable banking platform at an attractive price. ARI has explored various strategies to invest capital in the recovering European real estate lending market. We believe the investment in the KBCD Transaction is compelling for ARI based upon the potential return, as well as the prospective opportunities to jointly pursue real estate financings throughout Europe. In evaluating the KBCD Transaction, ARI benefitted from being part of Apollo's fully integrated investment platform."
About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: ARI) is a REIT that primarily originates, invests in, acquires and manages performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, subordinate financings, CMBS and other commercial real estate-related debt investments throughout the U.S. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $113 billion of assets under management at June 30, 2013.
Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.apolloreit.com.
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