Mapletree raises equity of US$535 million for its Student Accommodation Private Trust, the first of its kind in Singapore

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd has successfully closed Mapletree Global Student Accommodation Private Trust , the first trust in Singapore that focuses on this resilient and strong-yielding sector.

MGSA P-Trust holds about US$1.3 billion in student accommodation assets located in the United Kingdom (“UK”) and the United States (“US”), the two largest student accommodation markets in the world. About GBP195 million of equity was raised for the 5,910-bed UK portfolio and US$291 million for the 8,363-bed US portfolio (please refer to the appendix for the list of properties and their locations)[1]. The Trust has a term of five years (with provision for a one-year extension).

The Trust is managed by Mapletree Real Estate Advisors Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mapletree. To strongly align investor-manager interests, Mapletree will retain a 35 per cent stake in MGSA P-Trust, within the range of stakes it has taken in its other sponsored funds/trusts. Major participating investors include The Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Limited, as well as DBS Bank and UBS AG, who are investing in the Trust on behalf of their high net worth clients.

Said Mr Hiew Yoon Khong, Mapletree’s Group Chief Executive Officer: “The successful close of MGSA P-Trust is testament to investors’ confidence in Mapletree’s track record of delivering the desired returns levels. Opting for the private track also allowed us to bring the product to market quickly, and is more cost effective to set up and operate on an ongoing basis, without the lengthy process to launch an IPO and the increasing compliance costs to maintain a REIT.”

Mr Hiew added, “Mapletree will continue to develop innovative real estate investment products that cater to the varying investment needs and risk-return profiles of investors. In the case of MGSA P-Trust, investors will be able to reap strong returns from an asset class proven to be relatively anti-cyclical in nature, with the pursuit of higher education growing worldwide even during economic downturns. The US and the UK, homes to the largest number of top universities in the world, are key beneficiaries of this trend. Investors of MGSA P-Trust will therefore benefit from the robust and stable income of the assets, which will be distributed to them along similar principles as a Singapore-listed REIT.”

Source: Mapletree Investments

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