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Sidra Capital acquires first US property

JEDDAH, April 26, 2016

Sidra Capital has announced its first foray into the US real estate market with the funding and acquisition of a newly-built office building in the prosperous Charlotte suburb of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The SR350-million ($93.26 million) property is a 23,000-sq-m office accommodation over five floors with 1,485 car-park spaces. It is leased to a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergenCorporation (Amerisource), a Fortune 500 company.

“This transaction will inevitably widen our geographical footprint and help in the search for future acquisitions,” said Hani Baothman, vice chairman of Sidra Capital.

“The project’s proximity to Charlotte made it interesting for us. As an 18-hour city, Charlotte offers above-average urban population growth that offers a lower cost of living, good infrastructure and public transport and lower cost of doing business which makes it a viable alternative to the usual big six.

“The strategy for this project is to provide our investors with highly attractive returns backed by a secure tenant combined with recently constructed facilities, whilst pursuing opportunities to increase value to the property,” he said.    

“18-hour cities have emerged as a more affordable investment option compared to larger markets,” said Currim Oozeer, CEO of Sidra Capital. “These cities are attractive because they typically feature lower cap rate compression, meaning property values tend to remain stable rather than spiking up or down significantly.”

Nicholas Judd, founder partner and head of investment, said: “The acquisition of the brand new Lash HQ is another example of 90 North's strategy of acquiring very modern and efficient properties let on long leases to strong credit tenants to provide attractive returns to investors”.

Sidra Capital, who is the strategic advisor on the project focuses on real estate development and income generating real estate opportunities, and manages an AUM (assets under management) in excess of SR3.3 billion ($879 million). - TradeArabia News Service
 




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