KKR has agreed to acquire a portfolio of c. 14,400 residential and commercial real estate units from Adler Group.
KKR said the vast majority of the units are residential.
The properties will be managed by KKR’s portfolio company Velero, a fully integrated platform for residential property and asset management.
Most of the acquired units are located in strong and stable markets in which Velero is already active, including the cities of Cottbus, Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt, Jena, Dresden and Chemnitz, as well as other cities in eastern Germany, the greater Berlin area and North Rhine-Westphalia.
As a result of the transaction, the managed portfolio has grown to more than 23,000 residential real estate units, making it one of the largest privately-held real estate companies in the German residential real estate market (by number of managed residential units).
Jan Baumgart, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Germany at KKR, commented: “The acquisition of this portfolio is a testament to our ability to execute on highly attractive opportunities in the German residential real estate market. We look forward to working with Velero to enhance the quality of living, improve the energy efficiency, reduce vacancy and drive operational improvements. We will invest substantially into the properties to achieve these objectives.”
Sascha Giest and Thomas Lange, co-CEOs and founders of Velero, added: “We are very proud to have, together with KKR, sourced such an attractive and rare portfolio through our long-standing network within the German real estate community. This transaction marks a milestone in the growth journey of Velero. The acquired units make for a valuable addition to our existing portfolio of managed properties and our location strategy. The acquisition of the portfolio will enable us to leverage economies of scale in property management – all while ensuring a smooth transition and high-quality services to our tenants.”
In addition, Velero will take on all c. 170 Adler employees performing operational and other asset-related tasks in relation to the acquired portfolio. This will ensure that on-site support for tenants will continue to be provided by the staff that is already well-acquainted with both the properties and tenants.
Lease contracts for all tenants of the portfolio will remain unchanged by the transaction in order to continue providing high-quality housing at affordable rates.
KKR makes its investment from Real Estate Partners Europe II (REPE II) and other managed funds. The transaction is structured as an asset deal and subject to customary closing conditions for an asset deal and clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office.