Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Key features of Goodman’s North American market entry are:
The US is the world’s largest, most liquid and transparent real estate market. The current market remains highly fragmented with obvious capital constraints, making this an attractive time to enter key logistics and industrial locations and access top tier development sites to deliver new investment product for global and local customers in partnership with our global capital partners.
Goodman’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Greg Goodman said, “Today’s announcement reinforces Goodman’s position as a leading global logistics property group. With A$19 billion (US$19 billion) of assets under management throughout Asia Pacific and Europe, our entry into North America is a logical step in the expansion of our operating platform to service our global customers and equity partners in the world’s largest logistics and industrial market. Over time we also see North America growing to be one of Goodman’s largest markets in terms of assets under management.”
Goodman is establishing a new North American logistics and industrial partnership, to provide funding to invest in the properties developed and sourced by the Group’s North American platform. Initial equity commitments will be approximately US$800 million (A$800 million).
“The investment strategy for the partnership will be to target investment in logistics and industrial property in key North American markets, focusing initially on development led opportunities, with value add and stabilised asset acquisitions to be considered over time in line with market conditions.” said Mr Goodman.
Goodman is in final stages of due diligence with a major capital partner. Commercial terms have been agreed and documentation is anticipated to be completed shortly.
Goodman will fund its interest in the partnership from retained earnings and proceeds from the recycling of assets.
The management company combines Goodman’s global expertise as a leading specialist fund manager of industrial property and business space, extensive global customer and capital partner relationships, with the strength of Birtcher’s local knowledge, long established track record and reputation in North America.
Goodman’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Greg Goodman said, “A key success factor to entering a new market is ensuring you have the requisite local knowledge and expertise. In this regard, we are delighted to have sourced the local expertise of such a highly regarded property group as Birtcher to drive the expansion of our international operating platform into key logistics markets in North America. This local expertise will be supported by a group of Goodman’s international employees who will be joining the management group to help provide operational expertise and compliance.”
Birtcher is a Los Angeles area based, privately-owned industrial and logistics real estate developer which has built a solid reputation as one of the most innovative and successful developers on the West Coast of the United States. Birtcher has developed more than 5.6
million sqm (60 million square feet) of warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and office projects throughout the Western and Southern United States for leading customer names including Kroger, Nike, Xerox and General Electric.
Birtcher President and CEO, Brandon Birtcher commented, “This represents a new chapter in Birtcher’s 73 year history and we are excited by the tremendous opportunity that comes through working as part of one of the world’s leading industrial property groups. We look forward to utilising the wealth of our local market knowledge and relationships, together with our considerable development and investment experience to drive the growth of the company.”
The management team will be incentivised through its carried interest in the management company, post a Goodman preferred return.