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An MP Funds Management financing case study: Investment into Propertylink headstock pre IPO

Value Hunting / Markets


Jul 16 2019

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In 2014 we co-invested 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 gross annual internal rate of return of 24%.

In Sept 2018, private equity-backed logistics platform ESR acquired 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 followed nearly a month of due diligence by the powerful Asia-based platform, which had 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. 

At about the same time ESR had also recently taken minority stakes in both the listed Centuria Capital Group, 14.9% and the Propertylink platform, 19.9%. 

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. 

Mandi Prager is the principal of MP Funds Management. MP Funds Management has provided investment funding for over $1.1bn of real estate-based investments across 22 transactions and produced an average annualised investment return of 21-22% (IRR).

 MP Funds Management is working on a range of high-quality deals for co-investment and institutional debt arrangement in the hotel sector, retail shopping centre sector, commercial office sector, development sector and acquisition of bulk residual brand new residential apartment product (at a discount). Our key focus is the eastern seaboard of Australia. 

 MP Funds Management fee structure is largely performance-based and aligned with investors receiving their principal investment and base return in the first instance, with our fees being largely performance-driven.


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