Colony Capital Provides Update Regarding Impact of COVID-19
March 20, 2020 at 7:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (“Colony Capital” or the “Company”) today announced a number of updates in connection with the impact of COVID-19 on its assets and business operations.
The Company is withdrawing its full year 2020 outlook for Core FFO.
The Company is withdrawing its dividend guidance through the remainder of 2020; this change will have no impact on the previously declared first quarter 2020 dividend of $0.11 per share on Colony Capital Class A and B common stock payable on April 15, 2020 to respective stockholders of record on March 31, 2020.
The Company is withdrawing its guidance for other equity and debt monetizations.
The Company’s digital assets under management (“AUM”), which now represent approximately 40% of the Company’s AUM following the recent closing of the Zayo acquisition, continue to perform well. This performance underscores the Company’s commitment to its digital transition, which the Company believes will minimize its exposure to future macroeconomic shocks such as COVID-19.
“Since our earnings call on February 28, 2020, the coronavirus has been declared a pandemic and has fundamentally altered the global economy,” said Thomas. J. Barrack, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, the Board and management team believe it is prudent to take these proactive measures to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.”
Mr. Barrack continued, “The safety and well-being of our employees, tenants, business partners, and communities is our first priority, so we are carefully monitoring developments and taking appropriate steps across our portfolio. Fortunately, Colony Capital has a strong foundation, an experienced and dedicated team, and ample liquidity to manage through this challenging, uncertain period.”
About Colony Capital
Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY) is a global investment firm with a focus on building the leading digital real estate provider and funding source for the occupancy, infrastructure, equity and credit needs of the world’s mobile communications and data-driven companies. The Company has assets under management of approximately $49 billion composed of $36 billion of capital managed on behalf of third-party institutional and retail investors and $13 billion of investment interests on its own balance sheet. The Company owns and operates an investment management business with $14 billion in digital real estate investments and $22 billion in traditional commercial real estate debt and equity investments. With respect to investment interests on its balance sheet, the Company owns (a) a controlling 20% interest in DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, (b) a 71% interest in 358 healthcare properties, (c) a 94% interest in 157 hospitality properties, (d) approximately 48 million shares of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE:CLNC), and (e) interests in various other equity and debt investments including general partnership interests in funds management by the Company, commercial real estate equity and debt investments and other real estate-related securities. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with key offices in Boca Raton, New York, Paris and London, and has over 400 employees across 21 locations in 13 countries. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clny.com.
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