CoStar Group, which operates a large office in Columbia Gateway Business Park, announced plans to acquire Ten-X for $190 million in cash. Ten-X was launched in 2009 with the goal of providing a digital transaction platform for effectively liquidating the large volume of distressed commercial real estate assets that came on the market during The Great Recession.
Ten-X has since has generated close to $24 billion dollars of sales successfully executed on the platform. The Ten-X platform has transacted approximately $7 billion in retail properties, $6 billion in office properties, $4 billion in multifamily properties, $3 billion in hotel properties, and billions in value in other commercial property types. While Ten-X initially focused on distressed assets, non-distressed sellers and brokerage firms have increasingly come to rely on Ten-X to facilitate faster execution to transact properties.
Ten-X accelerates the property sales process by qualifying and independently evaluating the assets, identifying likely buyers from a database of 400,000 buyers from 73 countries, qualifying the bidders and funds, providing a powerful and flexible digital auction process, and managing online escrow. The online model accelerates the marketing period of the sales process, cutting deal times by up to 50% while providing reliable execution, value maximization and certainty of close.
CoStar Group operates the most heavily trafficked online marketplace for commercial properties and land for lease and sale in North America and Europe with 10 million monthly visitors in April 2020 to its websites including LoopNet.com and CoStar.com.
“Together, Ten-X and CoStar plan to create a new end-to-end commercial real estate platform, combining LoopNet and CoStar’s unmatched online audience of buyers with Ten-X’s clear leadership in online auctions for both performing and distressed assets,” said CoStar Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Florance. “Combining our complementary capabilities is expected to create significant benefits for brokers and the institutions they represent by exposing their properties for sale to the biggest pool of potential bidders on the most trusted digital transaction platform and delivering fast and reliable trade execution. In the aftermath of the economic disruption, which is being caused by the global pandemic, we believe that the volume of distressed properties coming to market will surge and that this combined platform will support the market’s recovery.”