Sony has sold its 'Sony City Osaki 'office building and premises to
Nippon Building Fund Inc. and a Japanese institutional investor for
111 billion yen ($1.2 billion).
Sony placed the office building and premises in a trust and then
sold the trust beneficiary rights. Sony and other Sony Group
businesses will remain in the building for a period of five years
after the sale under a lease agreement entered into separately.
Nippon Building Fund will take took a 60 percent stake in the
property, while another investor will hold a 40 percent interest in
After deducting expenses related to transaction costs, Sony
received net cash proceeds today of 110 billion yen. As a result of
the sale, Sony expects to realize a gain on the sale of
approximately 41 billion yen, to be recorded as operating income,
in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.
As Sony stated on February 7, 2013 in the announcement of its
forecast for consolidated financial results for the fiscal year
ending March 31, 2013, Sony has identified certain assets for
possible sale as part of an initiative to transform its business
portfolio and reorganize its assets. This sale was conducted as a
part of that initiative. While this sale was aniticipated and the
potential gain on the sale was taken into account at the time of
the forecast, Sony is currently reevaluating the aggregate impact
of this sale and other factors on the forecast.
Last month Sony agreed to sell its U.S. headquarters building in
New York City for $1.1 billion.