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Arcapita sells US investment for $630m

Manama, January 12, 2011

Bahrain-headquartered Arcapita Bank and its affiliates completed the sale of a portfolio of 29 senior living communities in the US for $630 million. The company had acquired the real estate portfolio in 2003.

The portfolio is being acquired by a joint venture between Sunrise Senior Living and CNL Lifestyle Properties for a total transaction value of $630 million, said a statement from Arcapita.

Returns to investors will exceed the projections made at the outset of the investment seven years ago, it added.

As a diversified portfolio of senior living communities spread over 12 US states, the investment was structured to deliver yield through the holding period, as well as a component of capital gain on disposal, Arcapita said.

Over 7 years, the investment has delivered an average yield of more than 9 per cent per annum. Combined with the capital gain achieved at exit, the overall performance has been very strong, and in excess of target, it added.

Commenting on the deal, Abdulaziz Hamad Aljomaih, Arcapita vice chairman, stated, "As market conditions improve, Arcapita is beginning to unlock the considerable value stored within its global investment portfolio."

"Less than a month ago, the bank realised over $430 million in a $920 million IPO of industrial assets in Singapore, this latest divestment has come from the US and there are opportunities for further realisations emerging in other geographic regions," he explained.

Atif A. Abdulmalik, chief executive officer of Arcapita, said the sale represents a very successful outcome for Arcapita’s investors, and is the result of sustained outperformance over the term of the investment.

"Since acquisition in 2003, the investment team first improved the financial structure, and then over the course of a challenging holding period, worked successfully to improve the operational efficiency of the individual communities within the portfolio."

"Close attention to maintain occupancy in difficult economic conditions has protected the annual yield, and efficiencies and improvements have contributed to the capital gain realised at exit," he remarked.

After a difficult period since the onset of the economic crisis, Arcapita’s portfolio of private equity, infrastructure and real estate investments are benefiting from a far more positive operating  environment, and are well placed for healthy growth as a result of the efficiencies and restructuring implemented during the downturn, said Abdulmalik.

“Looking ahead, although investors remain cautious and discerning, our deal teams are reporting a considerably brighter market for new investments. We are confident that this will translate into a quickening deal flow, as a greater number of attractive opportunities become available,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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