Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2013 (Revised January 2016)

Project Sun Devil and Project Paris

by Nori Gerardo Lietz


Tony Lee is preparing to present a project to the investment committee of Howard Street Capital. He will be recommending an investment in Project Sun Devil, a high-quality 225-unit student housing rental property near Tempe, Arizona. Tony Lee will compete for capital against the other project on the investment committee's agenda, Project Paris. Project Paris, a very different type of real estate transaction, is a hybrid mezzanine investment in the acquisition of a residential real estate services firm headquartered in France. The case provides an overview of the two projects.

Keywords: general management; financial analysis; return on assets; accounting; performance measurement; Financial ratios; return on equity; financial statements; Profitability analysis; Portfolio Investment; portfolio management; real estate; Property; Investment Portfolio; Investment Return; Real Estate Industry; United States;


Lietz, Nori Gerardo. "Project Sun Devil and Project Paris." Harvard Business School Case 213-078, February 2013. (Revised January 2016.)