Round Hill Capital has entered the Danish build-to-rent (BTR) residential market with the acquisition of a portfolio of three newly built freehold assets in Aarhus.
The company acquired the assets from three investment vehicles established and managed by Pareto Securities on behalf of Round Hill Capital’s European Residential Income Fund II (ERIF II).
The portfolio comprises 324 units, with a mix of one, two and three beds, across more than 21,000 sqm, and will appeal to a broad range of demographic groups from students and young professionals through to families and seniors.
With a population of c. 355,000, Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city. It is characterised by strong population growth which, with an over 8% increase forecast over the next 10 years, is driving demand for new residential accommodation.
Two of the buildings, totalling 276 units, are located in Tilst, whilst the third, comprising 48 units, is located in Risskov. Both micro-locations are located close to multiple educational institutions and the Aarhus University Hospital, which is the largest workplace in Aarhus with over 10,000 employees. Nectar Asset Management will act as the property manager and LokalBolig as the leasing agent.
The assets are being acquired with a high occupancy rate. In addition, as part of the transaction, Round Hill Capital has arranged for ERIF II to take over the attractive existing financing in place on the portfolio.
Michael Bickford, Founder and CEO of Round Hill Capital commented: “High quality, modern residential assets with good environmental credentials, located in leading European cities with strong supply / demand fundamentals, remain a conviction asset class for Round Hill Capital. Securing these assets off market at a pricing level that we consider extremely attractive in the current market, demonstrates our ability to source opportunities with strong income characteristics, while at the same time acting as a dependable buyer providing transaction certainty despite the challenging economic environment.”