Investors - JANUARY 9, 2018

Cortland Partners, CPPIB and GIC form U.S. multifamily JV

by Andrea Zander

Cortland Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and GIC have formed a joint venture with a targeted equity amount of $550 million to acquire and renovate 8,000 to 10,000 class B multifamily units in the United States.

CPPIB and GIC will each own a 45 percent interest in the joint venture and Cortland Partners will own the remaining 10 percent interest.

“Partnering with these first-class organizations solidifies our business model and proves that a class B multifamily investment strategy reflects smart money,” said Mike Altman, CIO, Cortland Partners.

The joint venture will pursue additional opportunities to acquire multifamily properties that are candidates for value-add strategies, primarily in major markets throughout the Southern and Southeastern United States.

“The U.S. multifamily real estate sector continues to offer compelling risk-adjusted returns for the CPP Fund, driven by favourable population growth and employment trends,” said Hilary Spann, managing director, head of Americas, real estate investments, CPPIB. “By focusing on class B asset opportunities, this joint venture enables us to add diversification to our U.S. multifamily portfolio, which is concentrated in prime urban locations. We are pleased to form this new joint venture with Cortland Partners, a vertically integrated operator and one of the largest multifamily owner-operators in the United States, and GIC, a longstanding partner we know well.”

Class B properties are generally well-maintained older assets with opportunities for improvements to the buildings for the benefit of tenants, ongoing maintenance and long-term appreciation.

The joint venture has initially acquired three value-add, class B garden-style communities located in high-growth markets of major U.S. metropolitan areas: Lakecrest at Gateway Park, a 440-unit rental complex located in Denver; Aurum Falls River, a 284-unit rental complex in Raleigh; and 
Waterstone Apartments, a 308-unit rental complex in Austin.

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