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Silver Bay Realty Files IPO To Be First Single-Family Rental REIT

A recent report from CoStar written by Mark Heschmeyer indicates that a local company may be the first publicly REIT that invests in single family homes.
September 19, 2012 

Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. is aiming to be the first firm out of the IPO gate to become a publicly traded REIT focused on the acquisition, renovation, leasing and management of single-family rental properties for rental income and long-term capital appreciation.

The proposed REIT won’t be alone in chasing deals in the distressed housing market as several private investors have also been raising money for such ventures.

The Minnetonka, MN-based Silver Bay filed a proposed initial public offering of its common stock looking to raise up to $287.5 million.

Two Harbors Investment Corp., a New York-based publicly traded mortgage REIT, will contribute its portfolio of some 700 single-family rental properties valued at approximately $75 million to help form the venture.

The contribution is intended to be part of a larger transaction in which Silver Bay expects to acquire two other large portfolios containing about 800 homes from Provident Real Estate Advisors LLC while concurrently offering its common stock.

Silver Bay will be externally managed by PRCM Real Estate Advisers LLC, a joint venture between a Pine River Capital Management affiliate and Provident Real Estate, a private capital management firm. An affiliate of Pine River also serves as the external manager of Two Harbors Investment.

In its IPO filing, Silver Bay called the large-scale, single-family residential rental industry a relatively new market in the U.S.

“Until recently, this industry has been fragmented in both its ownership and operations, consisting primarily of private and individual investors in local markets and managed by local property managers,” Silver Bay stated. As a result, the firm believes a compelling opportunity exists to accumulate a large portfolio of properties and lease them to tenants for attractive yields.

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