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Marathon Asset Management, LLC Takes Lead
Equity Position in the 1,000 room Hyatt
Convention Center Hotel in San Antonio


Total cost of project over $285 million; Groundbreaking ceremony today

SAN ANTONIO, June 10, 2005 - Marathon Asset Management, LLC and its investment group, Marathon Real Estate, today announced that it is the lead equity investor in the $285 million total cost projected to build the largest hotel development in San Antonio's history.  The 885,000 square foot, 1,000-room hotel will be adjacent to the downtown Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Marathon Real Estate is a division of Marathon Asset Management, LLC, a global alternative investment and asset management company with $4.3 billion in capital.

FaulknerUSA, who will develop the project, has also made an equity investment.  In addition, the deal will be financed with $208 million of pre-funded project revenue bonds in a two-part transaction that includes Empowerment Zone Bonds and Taxable Bonds.

"San Antonio enjoys a vibrant market with great opportunities, and is one of the top ten cities for overnight leisure travel in the U.S.," said Jon Halpern, Managing Director and head of the Real Estate Group at Marathon Asset Management.  "We are proud to be a part of this historic undertaking and are impressed with the city's vision and hospitality."

Halpern continued, "We work hard to leverage our developer experience and flexibility to deliver creative financing solutions for complex transactions, and we are pleased to see that this uniquely structured public/private partnership has come together after much due diligence and hard work."

Under the terms of the lease signed earlier this week, Hotel Investments, LP, a partnership of Marathon Real Estate and FaulknerUSA, will lease the site from the City of San Antonio pursuant to a 75-year ground lease and License Agreement with an option to extend 15 years.  FaulknerUSA will be responsible for the construction of the hotel, to be completed in 2008. A groundbreaking ceremony will be conducted today at the site.

Located in downtown San Antonio on the Riverwalk, the hotel's 1,000 rooms will cover approximately 550,000 of the total 885,000 square feet. The hotel will also consist of a grand ballroom of approximately 32,700 square feet, a junior ballroom of approximately 21,600 square feet, and pre-function space of approximately 62,765 square feet.  Hyatt Corporation will manage the hotel.

Marathon Real Estate

Launched in early 2004 by Marathon Asset Management, LLC, Marathon's Real Estate business is committed to identifying investment opportunities in the commercial real estate marketplace within the U.S.  Since establishment, Marathon Real Estate has completed 14 real estate transactions totaling $1.4 billion.  Marathon Asset Management, founded in 1998, has 78 professionals and specializes in sourcing, analyzing and investing in global credit sensitive debt instruments.  The firm currently has over $4.3 billion of equity under management with total assets under management of $9 billion.  Marathon Asset Management is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the U.S.  Additional information about Marathon can be found at


FaulknerUSA, a national development and design-build company, brings financial strength, depth of experience, and strategic relationships with partners.  From high-rise hotels to focused mixed-use developments, FaulknerUSA has a strong record of success identifying client needs, and then answering those needs creatively, quickly and cost-effectively.

FaulknerUSA is currently delivering convention center and hospitality projects for clients around the country.  Some current and recent hospitality successes include the 800-room Hilton Austin, Texas; 450-room Hilton Omaha, Nebraska; 226-room Hilton Vancouver, Washington; and 1,110-room Hyatt Denver, Colorado.

In 2004, Engineering News Record ranked FaulknerUSA 36th among the top 100 design-build firms in the USA (June 14, 2004). Our development projects are backed by a $700 million bonding capability that is hard to match in the industry, structured with a guaranteed fixed price and schedule.

This press release contains forward-looking information based upon the Company's current best judgment and expectations. 


Marathon Real Estate
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Also See: FaulknerUSA Submits Guaranteed Fixed Price of $227.5 million for Proposed Hyatt Convention Center Hotel in San Antonio / March 2005
FaulknerUSA Pledges $77.3 million to Develop $215 million San Antonio Convention Center Hotel; Eclipses Proposals from Hines and Related Lodging Group / December 2004

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