AXA IM-Real Assets to acquire Groupe Kley in France

AXA IM-Real Assets to acquire Groupe Kley
Image: Courtesy of Groupe Kley

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets ( AXA IM – Real Assets ) has agreed to acquire Groupe Kley (“Kley”), a fully integrated student housing and co-living operator, and its portfolio of student residences across France, from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

The purchase price was not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

AXA IM – Real Assets will become the long-term partner of Kley and will support its management team in its strategy to further expand the company.

Kley was established in 2014 and is one of the leading operators of purpose-built student housing and co-living properties in France. Its portfolio comprises c. 2,500 beds across seven operational residences, plus a secured pipeline of c. 3,300 beds across 14 residences, many of which are currently under construction.

All assets are located in either regional university cities (Angers, Toulouse, Rennes, Marseille and Caen) or Paris, Île-de-France, in close proximity to student campuses or city centres where demand is greatest. In addition to the current and secured future portfolio, this acquisition also presents AXA IM – Real Assets with access to Kley’s ongoing pipeline of student housing and co-living opportunities.

“This transaction gives us an immediate leadership position in the highly attractive French student housing market and the opportunity to build further scale with an experienced management team. The transaction also shows our willingness to invest in operational platforms, particularly in alternative asset classes, to access attractive opportunities for our clients,” said John O’Driscoll, European Head of Transactions at AXA IM – Real Assets.

“We are looking forward to pursue our development with the support of AXA IM – Real Assets. Since the beginning of our story with Oaktree, we have continuously been thinking forward with the students’ needs at the heart of our strategy. AXA IM – Real Assets shares the same vision and our strong commitment to innovate and adapt their new ways of life,” commented Jean-Baptiste Mortier, CEO of Groupe Kley.

“Five years ago, we launched the Kley platform from scratch with our first site in Caen. Over time we have assembled a talented team led by Jean Baptiste Mortier, defined a differentiated product, and developed a tier one portfolio of residences so that Kley has become a unique asset in the student housing market. We believe AXA – IM Real Assets is the right partner for Kley to pursue the development of the group and its most recent initiatives going forward,” added Vincent Catherine, Managing Director at Oaktree.

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