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Investing with Steve Day and Propertylink's $723.4m sale to ESR

Snapshot / Markets

Australia

Sep 24 2018

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In 2014 we co-invested with former Managing Director and board member Steve Day, in the headstock of real estate investment management business, Propertylink. Investing in and managing major industrial warehouse portfolios, office tower portfolios, and infrastructure projects, other Propertylink co-investors included Goldman Sachs and London’s Duke of Westminster. 

Propertylink was set up with a key focus on industrial logistics property and listed on the ASX with the aim to be an attractive Australian platform combining a large industrial portfolio with a successful investment business with $1.9b funds under management. 

The Australian IPO yielded our MP Funds Management investment partners a net annual internal rate of return of 21%.

Most recently just a few days ago, private equity-backed logistics platform ESR is set to take over Propertylink in a $723.4 million deal ($1.20 per share) after both sides announced they had struck a binding agreement on the buy-out.

The deal follows nearly a month of due diligence by the powerful Asia-based platform, which only recently established a presence in the Australian market, and seeking a local industrial platform in Australia, acquired the CIP platform from Charter Hall in July in a $102.5 million deal. 

ESR has also taken minority stakes in both the listed Centuria Capital Group, 14.9% and the Propertylink platform, 19.9%. 

In September this year, Propertylink launched a $755m takeover bid for the listed Centuria REIT, at the same time taking an 18% stake in the business. 

In response to Propertylink's bid for Centura, ESR as a minority shareholder in both Centuria and Propertylink put forward their bid for Propertylink.

As part of its offer to acquire Propertylink, ESR also confirmed it plans to vote its 19.89 percent stake against a move by Centuria to spill the Propertylink board.

ESR is a pure play, pan-Asia logistics real estate platform, one of the largest in the region, with assets under management of more than $US12 billion.

ESR is backed by Dutch pension fund managers APG and PGGM, Canada's CPPIB, Goldman Sachs, Chinese insurance giant Ping An, and South Korean conglomerate SK Holdings.

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