Total value of global real estate AUM surges by 20 per cent


The total value of real estate assets under management (AUM) reached EUR2.4 trillion in 2016, up 20.1 per cent on the EUR2 trillion peak achieved the previous year, a survey shows.

 
The joint report by INREV, ANREV and NCREIF also revealed significant growth in the average AUM of the top 50 global real estate fund managers with a 14.9 per cent uplift from EUR35.6 billion in 2015 to EUR40.8 billion.
 
The top 10 global fund managers accounted for 38.8 per cent of the overall total and the average total AUM of the top three fund managers reached EUR133 billion versus EUR127.8 billion the previous year. However, the average AUM of all respondents was up from EUR13.1 billion to EUR13.7 billion, indicating an increase in funds under management for all managers regardless of size.
 
Blackstone Group topped the overall rankings, followed by Brookfield Asset Management, and PGIM Inc. in third position, which jumped six places from ninth the year before. Principle Real Estate Investors and Hines joined the top ten global fund managers by total AUM, displacing LaSalle and Invesco.
 
Only two European managers – AXA Investment Managers - Real estate and CBRE Global Investors – featured in the global top 10, but AXA dominated the list of European managers.
 
One in five survey respondents said they had been involved in M&A activity over the past decade, reflecting the continuing trend for consolidation – particularly among larger managers.
 
Non-listed real estate vehicles – including funds, separate accounts, joint ventures and club deals – accounted for EUR1.9 trillion (80.4 per cent) of total AUM. However, there were notable differences in regional investment strategies with non-listed real estate funds and private REITs accounting for 53.4 per cent, 49.5 per cent and 50.6 per cent of total AUM in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, respectively.
 
There are also regional differences in the size of non-listed real estate funds. While funds make up almost half of total AUM in both Europe and North America, the average fund size is EUR0.4 billion and EUR1.5 billion respectively, showing a sizeable value difference in favour of North American vehicles.
 
Henri Vuong, INREV’s director of research and market information, says: “This survey suggests that big is beautiful. The size of the real estate pie is clearly continuing to grow with non- listed vehicles remaining a dominant part of that expansion. The survey also echoes investors’ stated appetite for greater allocations to real estate overall. It seems there’s plenty of dry powder waiting to be deployed.”

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