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Investcorp buys $270m US residential properties

Manama, November 26, 2013

Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, said that its US-based real estate arm has acquired, through separate transactions, a portfolio of residential properties in the greater metropolitan areas of Chicago, Austin and Las Vegas.

The properties were acquired for total pricing of approximately $270 million.

These transactions follow Investcorp's recent announcement of its acquisition of a group of high quality office and retail properties valued at $250 million.

"These recent residential acquisitions are consistent with our strategy of targeting high quality assets and what we believe are attractive yields in addition to the potential for near and long-term upside through operating improvements and renovations," Investcorp Gulf Business president Mohammed Al Shroogi said.

Since the fourth quarter of 2012, Investcorp's activities include investments in properties collectively valued at approximately $925 million.

Investcorp currently has more than $4 billion of property and real estate debt funds under management.

The properties acquired consist of approximately 3,000 units and have a combined average occupancy rate of approximately 95 per cent.

The University Village and University Estates, in Austin, Texas are two student housing communities have a combined total of 846 units or 2,700 beds and are located in the Riverside submarket.

The properties are in close proximity to the University of Texas at Austin, as well as several other colleges with significant student populations.

The Eagle Crest Apartments, Las Vegas, Nevada, built in the late 1990s, is a Class A asset close to several employment centres and amenities.

The investment in this 624-unit community provides Investcorp the opportunity to participate in Las Vegas' improving economy, which has recently started demonstrating growth in population, employment, and home values following several years of economic downturn.

The Chicago Multi-Family Portfolio (Waukegan, Westmont and Crest Hill) Illinois, is a multi-family portfolio consists of 1,514 units and is located in three densely populated suburban markets of Chicago with limited capacity for new supply.

Within close proximity to some of the most significant employers in the area and in strong school districts, Investcorp believes these markets are well positioned to perform strongly.-Reuters




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