An investor group led by affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Five Mile Capital Partners, LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in GMAC Commercial Holding Corp. (GMACCH) from General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC).

GMAC, the wholly-owned financial services subsidiary of General Motors Corporation (GM: NYSE), sold 78 percent of its equity in GMACCH, up from the previously announced 60 percent target, in exchange for more than $1.5 billion in cash. At the closing, GMACCH also repaid to GMAC approximately $7.3 billion of inter-company loans, bringing GMAC’s total cash proceeds from the transaction to almost $9 billion.

GMACCH, a leader in real estate finance, investments and services announced that it has changed its name to Capmark Financial Group Inc. (Capmark). The name change will be fully implemented in the second quarter of this year.

Simultaneous with the equity interest sale, Capmark closed with a syndicate of banks on a $10.75 billion loan facility that will provide the company with a solid intermediate and long-term debt funding base.

"This is an exciting time for our company, and we have a great deal to celebrate," said Capmark Chief Executive Officer Robert D. Feller. "With investment-grade ratings from the three primary rating agencies and enhanced access to the capital markets, Capmark is poised to fully realize the opportunities that exist for each of its businesses."

GMAC Chairman Eric A. Feldstein said, "GMAC is optimistic about the growth prospects for Capmark. With improved access to cost-efficient funding, this commercial mortgage business should continue to thrive. We are expecting strong returns on the significant investment that GMAC will retain in this business. At the same time, this transaction will enable GMAC to redeploy a significant amount of capital - almost $9 billion - to other critical areas of our business."

Concurrent with the closing of the sale, the percentage of ownership interest of both the investor group and GMAC has been reduced proportionately by the sale of shares to members of Capmark’s management team, who have acquired an equity stake of approximately four percent. With the management team’s investment, the investor group holds a majority interest of approximately 75 percent, while GMAC retains a common equity stake of approximately 21 percent. GMAC also will invest an additional $250 million in Capmark trust preferred stock.

Capmark’s board of directors will be led by newly appointed independent Chairman Dennis Dammerman, a former vice chairman of General Electric and chairman and chief executive officer of GE Capital Corp. GMAC will hold two seats on Capmark’s 15-member board, which includes three independent directors.

"I am very pleased to serve as chairman of the board of directors of Capmark," said Dammerman. "With increased access to capital, a new name and investment-grade ratings, the company can build on its many strengths, drive profitability and enhance the value of the enterprise."

KKR, Five Mile Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners said in a joint statement, "As a global leader in each of its businesses, Capmark is very well positioned to begin its next chapter as a standalone company. We look forward to working with the management team to realize the company’s full potential by making use of the wide range of funding options now available to Capmark."

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