bcIMC-owned QuadReal invests $600 mln in U.S. student housing

QuadReal Property Group, a real estate company formed last year by British Columbia Investment Management Corp (bcIMC), has invested US$600 million in a joint venture to acquire, develop and manage student housing at universities across the United States. The joint venture is being undertaken with CA Student Living (CASL), the student housing investment arm of CA Ventures, and GI Partners, a U.S. private equity and real estate firm. The initial portfolio includes 10 properties developed and managed by CASL. Vancouver-based QuadReal oversees bcIMC’s $18 billion-plus in real estate assets.

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QuadReal Property Group invests $600 million US in student housing joint venture with CA Student Living, GI Partners

VANCOUVER, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ – QuadReal Property Group (QuadReal), CA Student Living (CASL) and GI Partners (GI) have formed a joint venture to acquire, develop and manage student housing at select universities throughout the United States.

QuadReal has invested $600 million US of equity into the joint venture. CASL and GI are co-investors and general partners, with CASL serving as the operating partner. All three entities have established track records in residential real estate and manage multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolios. CASL has acquired 5,000 university beds and developed another 20,000 new beds since its founding in 2004, making it one of the most active infill student housing developers in the country.

The joint venture provides QuadReal and GI with a compelling entry point into the growing US student housing market. The sector performs well throughout all economic cycles, and offers downside protection during periods of economic contraction.

“Much of the student housing stock in the US is aging and in need of repair or replacement, providing an opportunity to invest in long-term assets that provide an ongoing, dependable revenue stream and align with QuadReal’s desire for strong investment returns,” said Jonathan Dubois-Phillips, President, International Real Estate, QuadReal.

“We are very pleased to work with experienced partners such as CASL and GI as we build out our current portfolio of high-quality, income-producing properties and seek future investments in the resilient student housing sector.”

The joint venture’s initial portfolio includes 10 properties developed and managed by CASL. The properties are geographically diversified in 10 major US university markets across nine states. In addition, the joint venture will acquire and develop additional student housing projects across the country to grow and diversify the portfolio.

Emerging fundamentals in the US student housing market are creating change and opportunity. Students living in on- and off-campus housing increasingly demand walkable locations with modern amenities such as fitness centers, study lounges and communal areas, as well as features like high-speed internet.

“More than a decade ago, CA Student Living began as a pioneer of core infill, pedestrian-oriented developments with modern designs and amenities,” said Tom Scott, CEO of CASL. “Our unique site selection and product development skillset strongly align with the investment philosophy of the new joint venture. The long-term nature of this partnership with QuadReal and GI underscores our confidence in the continued growth of this burgeoning sector.”

“As long-term investors in high quality real estate platforms, GI Partners carefully seeks the right mix of property sectors with attractive growth attributes and experienced, successful partners capable of achieving scale,” said John Saer, Managing Director of GI. “We are delighted to partner with the accomplished team at CASL and to align with a strategic investor in QuadReal.”

Added Dubois-Phillips: “The new joint venture reflects QuadReal’s commitment to create places for people, provide peerless service to our residents, and broaden and deepen our partnerships around the globe.”

The transaction closed recently.

About QuadReal
QuadReal is a global real estate company with managed assets totaling more than $18 billion, including some of Canada’s most well-known properties. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, QuadReal is owned by bcIMC, one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, and was established to manage its real estate assets. QuadReal is a Canadian investment and management company that operates in a global market. It aims to deliver prudent growth and strong investment returns and to create and sustain places that bring value to everyone – not just for now, but for the benefit of future generations.

About CA Student Living
Founded in 2004, CA Student Living is the student housing investment entity of Chicago-based CA Ventures LLC, whose $6.8 billion international portfolio spans multiple real estate asset classes. CA Student Living is a premier investor, developer and manager of student housing assets in select North American markets, with an existing portfolio of nearly 12,000 beds – a number that is projected to double by 2020 through its new developments pipeline. Students and universities benefit from boutique-style housing that goes beyond traditional on-campus residences to include modern designs, cutting edge technologies, and 5-star services and amenities that have set the standard in world-class college living. For more information, visit www.ca-sl.com.

About GI Partners
Founded in 2001, GI Partners is a leading private investment firm based in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Greenwich, CT and Chicago, IL. The firm currently manages $14 billion in capital commitments through private equity and real estate strategies for recognized institutional investors across the globe. GI Partners’ real estate team invests across multiple property types and investment strategies, including platforms focused on logistics based warehouse and distribution facilities, transit-oriented multifamily development and technology-advantaged properties. For more information on GI Partners and its entire portfolio, please visit www.gipartners.com.

For further information: QuadReal Media contact: Ian Noble, ian.noble@edelman.com; CA Student Living Media contact: Sara Williams, swilliams@taylorjohnson.com; GI Partners Media contact: Chris Tofalli, chris@tofallipr.com

Photo courtesy of QuadReal Property Group