Velocis Fund II Raises $120 Million in Capital

DALLAS – (Sept. 30, 2015) – Velocis Fund II, L.P., a private equity real estate fund, today announced it has a total of approximately $120 million in capital commitments (including co-investment capital). Most recently, Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) committed $20 million in capital. Fund II is continuing to accept capital commitments until it reaches its targeted capital raise of $300 million.

“After carefully tracking our Fund I performance, FPPA made a meaningful commitment to Velocis Fund II. This type of actively-managed, value-add fund appeals to FPPA, as does our ability to deploy capital and unlock hidden value in assets across multiple markets and multiple product types,” said Fred Hamm, Velocis managing principal. “We are quite pleased with our current fundraising velocity, and going forward, will continue to hold rolling closes in anticipation of reaching our fund target sometime in the second quarter of 2016. Our acquisition pipeline is steady, but we’ll be very careful getting our capital out. ”

When incorporating moderate leverage of 65 percent, $300 million of equity will give Velocis Fund II approximately $850 million in purchasing power. Fund II currently has total assets under management of more than $182 million. This includes a traditional office building in Scottsdale, Arizona; a two-asset office building in Sterling, Virginia; and a specialty data center/carrier hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Velocis has three years to deploy capital.

Fund II is pursuing a value-add strategy focused on traditional office, medical office, data center and retail properties in select U.S. growth markets. The Fund targets financially-distressed or under-managed U.S. real estate assets in the $20 to $70 million range. The Fund has purchased three assets and anticipates securing 20 to 25 properties over a three-year investment period.

Velocis Fund II is led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets. Joining Fred Hamm as principals in Fund II are Mike Lewis, Jim Yoder, Paul Smith and David Seifert.

Velocis has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 19 assets located in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

About Velocis
Velocis Fund I and Velocis Fund II are active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Velocis Advisors, LLC provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients through separate accounts. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com/.

Velocis Purchases Key Charlotte Data Center Facility

Charlotte (Aug. 17, 2015) – Velocis, a private equity real estate manager, has purchased 701 Trade Street, a telecom carrier hotel and data center in downtown Charlotte. This is Velocis’ second asset purchased in North Carolina.

“Velocis capitalized on a unique opportunity to secure this property for its important location at the cross roads of Charlotte’s colocation and connectivity network,” said Jim Yoder, Velocis Principal. “The asset’s status as a prime fiber optic hub combined with the abundant power and security the building offers tenants, creates a significant untapped opportunity.”

The two-story building, which offers expansion opportunities, was built in 1968 and is currently more than 80 percent leased. Significant long-haul fiber routes originate from all directions through the building and it draws a wide array of telecommunications and colocation data center users. Additionally, it is ideally located close to multiple data centers and telecommunication companies including the area’s main AT&T switch.

Velocis partnered with Lincoln Property Company on the acquisition.

“Charlotte offers a dense telecommunication infrastructure that is on par with any Tier 1 city,” said Martin Peck of Lincoln’s data center division, Lincoln Rackhouse. The facility will be leased and managed by Lincoln Harris.

Dallas-based Velocis, has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 18 assets located in markets in Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona. Launched in 2010, the Fund is led by principals Fred Hamm, Mike Lewis, Paul Smith, Jim Yoder and David Seifert.

About Velocis
Velocis consists of two entities: Velocis Fund, LP and Velocis Advisors, LLC. Velocis Funds are private equity real estate funds, active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Additionally, Velocis Advisors provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com/.

Velocis Purchases Loudoun Gateway II & III

Washington, DC – (Aug. 6, 2015) – Velocis, a private equity real estate manager, today announced the purchase of two Class-A suburban office buildings located in the upscale Washington, D.C. suburb of Sterling, Virginia in Loudoun Gateway Business Park. The assets, Loudoun Gateway II & III, total 179,864 square feet and are adjacent to Dulles International Airport.

“Loudon Gateway II & III are solid assets located in an exceptional business park in the recovering Northern Virginia market,” said Paul Smith, Velocis principal. “The two buildings provide tenants strong security infrastructure, proximity to the airport and major area government employers, as well as easy access to the new Silver Line rail extension and amenities, scheduled for completion in 2018.”

The two high-quality, interconnected buildings are currently over 90 percent leased by a select group of companies representing some of the premier government contractors in the area. The seller was represented by Chip Ryan of Avison Young. The property will be managed by DTZ and leasing services will be provided by Moore & Associates.

Dallas-based Velocis, has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 17 assets located in markets in Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Arizona and North Carolina. Velocis is led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets.

Joining Paul Smith as principals in Fund II are Fred Hamm, Mike Lewis, Jim Yoder and David Seifert.

About Velocis
Velocis consists of two entities: Velocis Funds and Velocis Advisors. Velocis Funds are private equity real estate funds, active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Additionally, Velocis Advisors provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com/.

Past performance does not predict future results. This article does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities of the Fund, nor is it intended to be a description of all material factors an investor should consider before investing in the Fund. Prior to making an investment decision, prospective investors should carefully review the offering documents of the Fund for a description of material factors to consider, including risk factors and investor suitability requirements.

Upswing in Old Town Scottsdale: Velocis Purchases Camelback Square

PHOENIX, Feb. 17, 2015 – Velocis, a private equity real estate fund, today announced the purchase of Camelback Square, a three-story Class-A office project in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. The asset was previously owned by Lincoln Property Company (LPC), along with a subsidiary of a fund managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree).
The sale underscores the attractiveness of the project and Old Town Scottsdale.

“The Old Town Scottsdale office market is an extremely popular area that is experiencing steadily rising rents and values,” said Velocis Principal Paul Smith. “Camelback Square is our first acquisition in the Phoenix market, and one we hope to build on as we pursue additional assets in the Southwest region.”

The project buyer, Dallas-based Velocis, has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 16 assets located in markets in Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. Velocis is led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets.

LPC will continue to manage the property for the new owner.

“Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a strong tenant demand in Old Town Scottsdale due to the surrounding amenity base of high-end residential, luxury shopping, hotels and entertainment options,” said Oaktree Managing Director Mark Jacobs. “We believe the tenant demand will continue and are looking to make additional investments in Old Town Scottsdale along with other areas of Phoenix.”

The 174,917-square-foot Camelback Square is located at 6991 E. Camelback Rd., at the southwest corner of Camelback and Goldwater roads. It is currently 95 percent leased to tenants including Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse, ZocDoc, Regus, Ashton Woods, Echo Global Logistics and Digital Airstrike. The project’s on-site amenities include the award-winning Mastro’s (a top 10 steakhouse in the U.S.), a bistro, tenant collaboration space and common area Wi-Fi.

“Old Town Scottsdale is an example of the new creative office environment, with the amenities investors look for to deliver solid rent growth, rising values and strong tenants year after year,” said Lincoln Property Company’s Executive Vice President David Krumwiede, who completed the deal along with Vice President Amr Ceran. “We recognized this when we purchased Camelback Square almost four years ago, and that foundation is even more evident today – following the execution of a repositioning plan that re-energized this asset as a long term centerpiece project.”

LPC and Oaktree purchased Camelback Square out of special servicing in June 2011. Since that time, they have completed a major renovation including new building entrances, modern lobby and common area finishes, a courtyard water feature and patio furniture, and upgraded building signage. They also initiated an aggressive leasing plan that – in partnership with Bill Blake, Craig Coppola, Andrew Cheney, Colton Trauter and Gregg Kafka of Lee & Associates – moved the project from just 50 percent occupied to almost 100 percent occupied.

Kevin Shannon, Barry Gabel, Ken White, Paul Jones and Chris Marchildon of CBRE led the project’s investment sales listing campaign.

Camelback Square sits adjacent to the 2 million-square-foot Scottsdale Fashion Square regional shopping center featuring the state’s only Barney’s New York and Neiman Marcus. It is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, a submarket that consistently attracts forward-thinking companies seeking the area’s contemporary mix of office, residential, dining, arts and entertainment destinations.

For leasing information on Camelback Square or to discuss additional investment opportunities in the Desert West Region, please contact David Krumwiede or Amr Ceran at (602) 912-8888.

About Velocis
Velocis consists of real estate funds and Velocis Advisors, LLC. Velocis is active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Velocis Advisors, LLC provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com.

About Lincoln Property Company
Lincoln Property Company (LPC) is an international full service real estate firm offering real estate investment, development, design/construction management, leasing and property management/receivership/asset management services. Founded in 1965, LPC has approximately 6,800 employees and maintains a presence in more than 200 municipalities in the United States and three countries throughout Europe. The company has developed more than 126 million square feet of office, industrial and retail projects, and 182,000 multi-family units. Property management assignments currently include more than 148 million square feet of commercial space and 146 million square feet of residential property. Acquisition activities exceed $4.0 billion in commercial properties and $3.5 billion in residential properties. LPC’s Desert West Region, which includes Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, is based in Phoenix and has been operating since 2001. In that time, the regional office has developed approximately 3 million square feet, acquired 4 million square feet and manages approximately 7 million square feet of commercial space, including major, award-winning and LEED Certified developments and investments. LPC is consistently ranked among Phoenix’s top commercial real estate firms for both development and property management. For more information, visit www.lpc.com or www.lpcphx.com.

About Oaktree
Oaktree is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments, with $90.8 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2014. The firm emphasizes an opportunistic, value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments in distressed debt, corporate debt (including high yield debt and senior loans), control investing, convertible securities, real estate and listed equities. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has over 900 employees and offices in 17 cities worldwide. For additional information, please visit Oaktree’s website at www.oaktreecapital.com.

This does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities or investment advice, nor is it intended to be a description of all material factors an investor should consider before making any investment.

Velocis Fund II Announces First Fund Closing

DALLAS – Velocis Fund II, L.P. announced its first fund closing, accepting $64.9 million of capital commitments on October 30, 2014. Fund II will be open and will continue to accept capital commitments for 18 months, or until it reaches its targeted capital raise of $300 million. When incorporating moderate leverage of 65 percent, $300 million of equity will give Velocis Fund II approximately $850 million in purchasing power.

“We are quite pleased with our momentum and the strong show of support from Limited Partners at this early stage of our capital raise. We exceeded our initial fund raising goals just 60 days after launching and already have verbal commitments for an anticipated second closing before the end of 2014,” said Fred Hamm, Velocis managing principal. “This is in part due to the work we did in our previous fund by leveraging our experience and relationships to deploy capital and unlock hidden value in assets.”

Fund II will pursue a value-add strategy and will focus on office, medical office and retail properties in select U.S. growth markets.

“We are pleased with our investor feedback on our past performance and we strive to continue to meet or exceed our investment goals. Our team thoroughly understands office, medical office, and retail and we understand our markets, so we’re going to stay the course. We do anticipate acquiring slightly larger assets than we purchased previously, possibly including portfolios,” says Paul Smith, Chief Investment Officer.

The Fund will target financially distressed or under-managed U.S. real estate assets in the $20 to $70 million range where Fund principals can unlock value. The Fund anticipates securing 25 or more properties over a three-year investment period. Potential investors include institutional investors, large family offices, and high-net worth individuals in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Velocis Fund II is led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets. Joining Fred Hamm as principals in Fund II are Mike Lewis, Jim Yoder, Paul Smith and David Seifert.

Velocis has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 15 assets located in markets in Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

About Velocis, LLC
Velocis consists of real estate funds and Velocis Advisors, LLC. Velocis is active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Velocis Advisors, LLC provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com/.

Velocis Launches Fund II to Invest in U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

DALLAS – (June 10, 2014) – Velocis Fund LP, a Dallas-based private equity real estate fund, today announced the launch of its second fund, Velocis Fund II. This launch follows the success of Velocis’ first fund, which completed its final Closing in March 2013, and has performed beyond underwriting expectations. With a targeted equity capital raise of $300 million, Fund II will pursue similar office, medical office and retail properties in select U.S. growth markets, but will allow for larger asset purchases, possibly including portfolios.

“The Velocis team’s industry experience, relationships and our proven ability to unlock value in assets will provide our investors with unique opportunities in the U.S. commercial real estate market,” said Fred Hamm, Velocis Managing Principal. “We took a similar approach with Fund I, which allowed us to secure assets, create value and maximize the return for our investors.”

Velocis Fund II is targeting an equity raise of $300 million. Using moderate leverage of up to 65%, the Fund anticipates having purchasing power of $800 million. The Fund will target financially distressed or under-managed U.S. real estate assets in the $20 to $70 million range where Fund principals can unlock value. The Fund anticipates securing 25 or more properties over a three-year investment period. Potential investors include institutional investors, large family offices, and high-net worth individuals in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Fund I is currently 76% deployed and has assets under management of approximately $305 million. “We currently have a few deals in the contract stage and anticipate having Fund I fully deployed by late Q3 of this year”, Hamm says. Fund I’s first two asset sales, The Jefferson and 7700 San Felipe exceeded initial goals. The Jefferson, a medical office building in Austin, Texas provided investors with a 30.4 percent net IRR and 2.02x equity multiple. Its second sale was 7700 San Felipe, an office building in Houston, Texas which provided investors with a 28.6 percent net IRR and 1.81x equity multiple for investors. As of Q1 2014, Velocis Fund I is currently up more than 25 percent on equity.

Velocis Fund II will be led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets.

“Velocis’ team understands how to source, acquire, manage and add value to commercial real estate as well as any group of managers in the industry”, said Paul Smith, a new Velocis Fund Principal. Smith joins Fund II after serving as a Principal of Velocis Advisors, LLC. Smith goes on to say, “It’s critically important for managers to be able to execute, and as shown in Fund I, Velocis investors have clearly benefitted from the Velocis team’s 130 years of experience.”

Joining Fred Hamm and Paul Smith as principals in Fund II are Mike Lewis, Jim Yoder and David Seifert.

About Velocis, LLC
Velocis consists of two entities: Velocis Fund, LP and Velocis Advisors, LLC. Velocis Fund, LP is a private equity real estate fund, active in the acquisition, operation/management, and disposition of commercial real estate in the United States. Additionally, Velocis Advisors, LLC provides asset management and advisory services to both investors and real estate clients. Additional information about Velocis can be found at https://www.velocis.com/.

Past performance does not predict future results. This article does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities of the Fund, nor is it intended to be a description of all material factors an investor should consider before investing in the Fund. Prior to making an investment decision, prospective investors should carefully review the offering documents of the Fund for a description of material factors to consider, including risk factors and investor suitability requirements.