Bankinter Creates a Fund to Invest €400M in Student Halls

19 November 2018 – Real Estate Press

Bankinter has launched a venture capital fund that is going to invest €400 million in the promotion of student halls in the main university cities across Spain and Portugal. The fund is called ‘Fondo V Student Iberia’ and is going to be managed by Plenium Partners. To date, it has acquired a plot in Granada and it plans to buy more land in Valencia and Porto.

The fund has an initial capital fund of €150 million, and although it was created with the idea of giving the option for the entity’s private banking clients to invest upwards of €200,000, Bankinter itself has contributed €10 million. In addition, the US real estate manager Valeo – which owns more than 75,000 beds in student halls and nursing homes, primarily in the USA, contributed another €4 million and Plenium Partners, €1.5 million.

From there, “Fondo V Student Iberia” established its main hypotheses, which include the construction within a period of 2 years and the launch and operation a year later of at least four university residences containing 2,500 beds in total, in which it is going to invest up to €200 million.

With that objective in mind, it has already carried out its first acquisition, the purchase of a plot of land in Granada for which it has paid €8.8 million. It calculates that it is going to invest €41.3 million in total to build a 5-storey student residence containing 519 beds there, which will open its doors in September 2020.

Moreover, it is negotiating other alternatives to grow to almost 2,500 beds in the near future and has identified different opportunities to expand its portfolio to 9,000 beds.

The group is seeking to expand initially in the Iberian market, through the development, construction, execution and management of residential assets for students, primarily in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, Málaga, Lisbon and Porto.

The aim is to constitute a portfolio of assets that generate “predictable and recurrent” annual income in the hands of managing partners with proven experience, explains the document.

In this way, Bankinter is continuing its strategy of investing in alternative funds, after launching Helia, a venture capital fund that invests in renewable energy, and launching onto the market the Socimis Ores with commercial properties and Atom with hotels.

But now, it has placed its focus on university residences because Spain has 1.6 million students in total, close to the historical maximum, and also because it is one of the main destinations for international university students (and the top destination for those participating in Erasmus).

It is considered to be a sector with stable and growing demand; and it is estimated that between approximately 400,000 and 470,000 students are looking for accommodation. Moreover, a potential increase is expected in the student population in Spain and of Asian students, especially from China and India, where they have a lower presence than in other European countries such as Italy, Germany and France.

All of this will help the internationalisation strategy of the Spanish universities and the aim of obtaining value from the fact that Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, with 400 million speakers.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

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