Saturday, February 11, 2017

Al Mal Capital acquires prime US retail property

Al Mal Capital, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments and a diversified, multi-line investment institution headquartered in Dubai, UAE, has announced the acquisition of Poinsettia Plaza, the 153,000 sq ft neighborhood shopping centre located in Ventura, California.

The transaction, executed through Al Mal Direct Investments, builds on the company’s investments in private companies and real estate assets in the region and beyond.

The Poinsettia Plaza acquisition is the Emirati firm's second investment in US real estate. The first was in a residential complex in Louisiana comprising 290 apartments, which the company exited in 2015 for an IRR (internal rate of return) of 16 per cent.

Naser Al Nabulsi, the vice chairman and chief executive, said: "Al Mal Capital is committed to diversify its assets under management in line with its growth strategy and reinforcing its strong reputation and trust."

"As part of this, the Al Mal Direct Investments division is targeting investments around the globe focused on building long-term value, with its approach centering on proprietary deal flow, due diligence and aligning the company’s interests with partners and management teams," he stated.

Naser said: "The Poinsettia Plaza project offered an attractive combination of income stability and growth potential. Al Mal Capital has partnered with a US-based real estate investment and management company with deep knowledge of the US market and a proven track record in executing and managing US real estate transactions."

Poinsettia Plaza is anchored by tenants such as Ross, Petco, Starbucks, Office Depot, Coffee Bean, FedEx, among many others. The forward strategy is to complete capital improvement to the exterior of the property and proactively increase occupancy to achieve an increase in yield and realize capital gains upon exit.

Al Mal Capital Direct Investments was established in 2016 to align its investments with that of its clients in order to deliver yield and long-term capital gains.

The division is focused on income-generating real estate and GCC-based growth businesses in select sectors including F&B (food and beverage), healthcare, education, niche manufacturing, value-added distribution, business services and consumer goods.-TradeArabia News Service

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