EQT Real Estate II closes at EUR1 billion hard cap
EQT has held the final close of the EQT Real Estate II fund at its hard cap of EUR1 billion in fee-paying assets under management.
Demand from both existing and new investors was robust, with commitments into the Fund coming from a diversified group of investors across Europe, the Nordics, Asia, North America and the Middle East.
The successful fundraise of EQT Real Estate II exceeded its target size of EUR750 million and, at EUR1 billion, is more than 2.5 times larger than its predecessor fund, EQT Real Estate I. The Fund will seek to make direct and indirect controlling investments in real estate assets, portfolios, operating companies and joint ventures and will target equity investments ranging in size from EUR 40 million up to EUR200 million.
EQT Real Estate II will execute a thematic investment approach with a focus on attractive investments which are decoupled from the financial cycle. Target opportunities, which are underpinned by key secular growth drivers, include urban logistics and warehouse assets that benefit from an ongoing shift in retail consumption trends towards e-commerce and residential investments, including new build for-rent housing, student housing and senior living, which benefit from continued favourable supply-demand dynamics, urbanisation and population growth. These are sectors that the EQT Real Estate Advisory Team has extensively researched and in which it has built strong investment convictions.
The Fund benefits from EQT Real Estate’s “local with locals” approach (the team’s 25 investment professionals are based in EQT’s offices in London, Stockholm, Madrid, Milan and Paris). The team will also benefit from the knowledge and resources of the wider EQT platform to source and execute off-market investment opportunities and create value through intensive asset management. The team’s expertise combined with EQT’s proven sustainability framework allow EQT Real Estate to navigate future trends to meet the current and future needs of occupiers.
To date, EQT Real Estate II has committed capital into four high conviction investment programs in Sweden, France and the UK, all with a social impact strategy underpinned by EQT’s industry leading sustainability credentials:
Stendörren Fastigheter – majority control of a publicly-listed company which owns a portfolio of 733,000 sq m of operational logistics / urban warehouse real estate across 124 assets in and around Stockholm and a further 666,000 sqm of consented land on which it plans to build 800 apartment units and additional logistics / urban warehouse assets;
Svenska Verksamhetsfastigheter (Rock) – a portfolio of 28 urban logistics properties located in university cities around Sweden with a pipeline of additional add-on acquisitions; Nest – a residential solutions platform in France with plans to deliver 4,000 purpose-built apartment units to address the housing and services needs of people with physical disabilities; and
Saturn – a residential joint venture focused on the delivery of 3,000 newly built, high-quality rental homes in affordable parts of Greater London.
The Real Estate Advisory Team is also actively evaluating transactions in Germany, Spain, Italy and Benelux.
Robert Rackind, Partner and Head of EQT Real Estate, says: “We would like to thank all of the investors – both new and existing – for their support of EQT Real Estate II. As we are entering a new investment cycle, we see a strong pipeline of attractive value-add investment opportunities that fit EQT Real Estate’s thematic approach to investing primarily into Europe’s key cities and in particular in our current focus on ‘beds’ and ‘sheds’ assets that are benefitting from positive growth drivers and secular trends.”
Lennart Blecher, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of EQT Real Assets, adds: “The high demand that EQT Real Estate II received from a truly global blue-chip investor base is a testament to the compelling combination of EQT’s platform and our Real Estate Advisory Team’s proven real estate expertise. EQT’s ability to cross-pollinate market knowledge, draw on expertise in key areas like sustainability and share networks across our platform is an excellent complement to EQT Real Estate’s in-house talent.”
Christian Sinding, CEO and Managing Partner at EQT, says: “Real estate is one of the most exciting growth areas for EQT and the success of this fundraise is a reflection of EQT Real Estate’s ability to source attractive opportunities and then develop sustainable, future-proofed assets, while delivering strong results to its investors. We look forward to continuing to build on that success.”
More than 35 percent of the commitments were closed after February 2020 during a period of significant global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic which showcases not only the investor appetite for the Fund but also the strengths of EQT’s tech infrastructure as the latter part of the fundraising process was carried out digitally.
EQT Real Estate II is backed by a highly regarded, international investor base including public and corporate pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, global asset management firms, commercial banks, endowments and foundations, private wealth channels and family offices.