By Ilaina Jonas
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp <6758.T> on Friday completed the sale of its U.S. headquarters for $1.1 billion to a group led by real estate developer the Chetrit Group, three sources familiar with the deal said.
SL Green Realty Corp
However, Bank of China Ltd <601988.SS> stepped up and agreed to take $600 million of the total debt financing in the form of a senior loan, the sources said.
Of the remaining $325 million in debt financing, a $175 million junior tranche was sold by SL Green to a Performing Debt Fund managed by Apollo Global Management LLC
SL Green took the two most junior tranches and might eventually sell one to the performing debt fund or someone else, a source said.
A representative from Apollo declined to comment. A representative from SL Green could not be reached for comment.
Sony is shedding non-core assets as it seeks to regain ground against rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> and bounce back from four consecutive years of net losses.
The Sony building, located in Manhattan's pricey "Plaza District," is about 820,000 square feet, making the cost roughly $1,341 per square foot. Some of that footage includes retail space that commands higher rents.
The price was the highest paid for a single U.S. office building since Google Inc
As part of the sale agreement, Sony will lease back the building for three years, giving the Chetrit Group time to decide whether to convert part of the building on Madison Avenue between 55th and 56th streets to residential units or a hotel, or keep it as an office and retail property.
The tower was constructed in the early 1980s by AT&T Inc
Sony bought the building in 1992 for $236 million.
A team of brokers lead by Doug Harmon of Eastdil Secured LLC brokered both the Sony and Google sales.
Sony Corp sold one of its most prized Tokyo office buildings last month to Japanese real estate trust Nippon Building Fund Inc and one other investor for 111 billion yen ($1.2 billion).
(Reporting by Ilaina Jonas.; Editing by Andrew Hay and Andre Grenon)