Black Swan Holdings LLC, has acquired the Lyric brand, according to a press release. The move was made to complement the real estate strategy of its asset manager, Black Swan Asset Management LLC, which launched earlier this year and raises capital to acquire Class A multifamily properties throughout North America.
The acquisition includes domestic and international trademark rights, a comprehensive brand package, operational and performance data, and the lyric.com domain. The company’s relaunch of Lyric is slated for Summer 2023.
Since 2015, Black Swan managed 20 different assets across nine markets, building a unique operational model and strategy that kept the properties profitable in a competitive marketplace.
“In a technology-focused category where brand and experience took a backseat, Lyric surely stood out. The magnitude and extraordinary level of investment in the brand became apparent to us as Black Swan took control of the former Lyric units at LIZ DC,” said Zachary Tombley, founder and managing partner at Black Swan Holdings. “This ignited a discussion between Andrew Kitchell, founder and former CEO of Lyric, and myself regarding the future trajectory of the Lyric brand. Controlling a world-class, developed brand became essential as we shifted to increasing our expansion through real estate acquisition.”
Founded in 2014, Lyric was created to demonstrate a use case for revenue management software Wheelhouse. By Q1 2020, the brand was operating nearly 600 units across 17 markets. However, as the covid-19 pandemic shut down the travel industry, Lyric pivoted back to its in-house revenue management software, Wheelhouse.
“Our goal with Lyric was to create a distinct lifestyle brand that would speak directly to the modern traveler,” said Kitchell. “It was clear Black Swan was doing something similar and doing it well. Since winding down operations, we’ve gotten much interest in the Lyric IP from other prospective purchasers. After seeing what Zachary and his team have accomplished thus far, our investors and team didn’t think there was a group better than Black Swan to shepherd the brand we spent so much energy building. We’re excited to see where they take it.”
In addition to rebranding the current Black Swan Class A assets, including its holdings at LIZ and The Grant in Savannah, Georgia, to reflect luxury Lyric standards, the company’s asset manager is already executing on its real estate acquisitions pipeline to open future Lyric properties.
“We’re seeing a lot of success in our real estate acquisitions strategy despite the current state of the capital markets, and our development and capital partners are really excited to invest in future Lyric properties with us,” said Daniel Sodroski, managing partner at Black Swan Holdings.