PGIM Real Estate exceeds USD14 billion in 2017 transactions worldwide

PGIM Real Estate completed more than USD14 billion in transactions worldwide in 2017 on behalf of institutional investors, including investments in real estate equity and debt and property dispositions.

“PGIM Real Estate’s 2017 transactions reflect our ability to look beyond the cycle to assess value in a long-term context. We successfully identified attractive income streams and areas of market dislocation to deliver target returns for our clients via growth-driven, value-driven and cyclical opportunities around the world,” says Eric Adler (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of PGIM Real Estate.
The more than USD14 billion total was across 212 transactions, spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Highlights include: more than USD8 billion through 115 US transactions; more than USD3 billion through 61 Europe transactions; more than USD2 billion through 17 transactions across Asia Pacific, primarily in Japan, Singapore and Australia; more than USD700 million through 19 Latin America transactions, primarily in Mexico; and more than USD500 million invested through debt strategies, primarily across the UK and the US.
“While the investment environment remains favourable, real estate performance continues to vary considerably across sectors, regions and markets,” Adler says. “As investors move cautiously up the risk curve in search of more compelling risk-adjusted returns, we will employ our disciplined investment approach to capitalise on the resulting global opportunities. These include supply-constrained markets and non-traditional real estate sectors with structural growth potential, as well as debt investments that can offer some protection behind a first loss position. We will also continue to selectively sell stabilised, non-strategic properties.”
In the United States, PGIM Real Estate continued to focus primarily on high-barrier markets, as well as higher-yielding secondary assets and markets, to reach nearly USD4 billion of acquisitions. About two-thirds of its acquisitions activity targeted the multifamily sector, consistent with the company’s expectations that job growth and demographic trends will continue to fuel growth in apartment rentals. PGIM Real Estate was a net seller of office assets, with more than USD2 billion in dispositions.
In addition, PGIM Real Estate provided more than USD100 million in financing, including preferred equity, core plus and mezzanine debt.
In Latin America, transactions were mostly industrial acquisitions in the central area of Mexico, the Bajío region, Monterrey and the northern state of Chihuahua.
In Europe, the UK and Germany accounted for the majority of transactions activity, which was 15 per cent higher than in 2016. Most of the 61 European acquisitions targeted the office and hospitality sectors, as PGIM Real Estate continued to focus on value-add opportunities in major markets, along with capitalizing on major structural trends in alternative sectors.
In addition, PGIM Real Estate provided approximately USD360 million in financing across 11 transactions, primarily in the U.K. Transactions included whole and junior loans, and mezzanine and preferred equity positions in development and existing assets. Sectors included traditional residential, student housing, office, retail, industrial, mixed-use schemes and hotels. 
In Asia Pacific, transactions doubled compared with 2016, with a clear focus on major cities in Japan, followed by Singapore and Australia. The office, retail and industrial sectors accounted for the majority of transactions as PGIM Real Estate focused on enhanced-return opportunities in smaller markets and sought to capitalise on limited supply in previously underperforming markets.