Kennedy Wilson and AXA IM enter into Dublin PRS joint venture

By James Wallace - Tuesday, May 08, 2018 11:35

Kennedy Wilson and AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets have entered into a joint venture targeting the Irish private rented sector (PRS).

The new partnership will "seek to capitalise on structural changes in the Dublin residential market over last five years which has seen demand outstrip supply creating a significant demand rental housing". The joint venture will seek PRS development and investment opportunities across Ireland, targeting Dublin and other large urban centres. Kennedy Wilson will act as overall asset manager.

The JV will be seeded with 1,173 units across three of Kennedy Wilson’s Dublin PRS schemes: Alliance, Clancy Quay and Sandford Lodge. These are premier PRS assets in prime city-centre and suburban Dublin locations. Kennedy Wilson will continue to hold its current 50% interest in the three assets.

Mary Ricks, president and CEO of Kennedy Wilson Europe, said: “The Kennedy Wilson Residential proposition of professionally managed, high quality PRS units and premium tenant amenities has cemented our brand in the Dublin PRS market. We have further proven our credentials as a pioneer in PRS developments, where we have already built or are under construction on 778 units across our Dublin PRS portfolio and have an attractive pipeline of future opportunities."

John O’Driscoll, European Head of Transactions at AXA IM - Real Assets, said: “We are long term investors in the private rented sector, and this transaction adds to our existing global residential portfolio which is valued at over €9bn. At the same time, we are pleased to be forming a new joint venture with Kennedy Wilson, one of the biggest PRS investor/operators in Ireland.

“The portfolio is well placed to benefit from Dublin’s continued and growing position as an attractive destination for global companies’ European HQs, whilst the market also offers strong supply-demand dynamics. We believe that these supportive underlying market dynamics will allow us to extend our already strong pipeline of Irish PRS opportunities and we look forward to working with the team at Kennedy Wilson to execute these.”

James Wallace is a freelance consultant and can be reached via Linkedin or email: jawallace32@gmail.com

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