Sidra Capital to invest $155m in US industrial properties

Sidra Capital to invest $155m in US industrial properties

Saudi-based asset management firm Sidra Capital has launched its first US-based single tenant absolute – net leased industrial real estate aggregation fund.

The fund, which was fully subscribed within three weeks from launch, will invest approximately $155 million in the acquisition of industrial properties in the United States.

“Industrial, warehouse and logistical real estate continue to generate strong demand,” said Hani Baothman, Chairman of Sidra Capital. “Despite the near-term impact of the pandemic on the commercial real estate (CRE) sector, we are witnessing continued growth in the US industrial sector, and to take advantage of this, we have utilized our proven asset sourcing ability to create a portfolio that we believe will generate an attractive cash on cash return with significant additional value created by aggregating the individual properties into a single portfolio.”

”The importance of US industrial real estate sector can be gauged from its sheer size. The US industrial real estate market was valued at $1.5 trillion in 2018, which is equivalent to about 7% of the US GDP. The total industrial real estate space square meter totaled approximately 2 billion, accounting for about 30% of total US commercial real estate space. The inbound investments in the US industrial real estate increased from $6.3 billion in 2019 to $8.5 billion in 2020, registering a solid 35% year-on-year growth,” noted the company.

”The demand for industrial real estate has been rising steadily for several years, driven by the emergence of two main structural drivers – the acceleration of e-commerce adoption and the need for more inventory as supply chains emphasize resilience over efficiency. As a result, the need for warehouse and distribution space is expected to increase in the future, resulting in higher rents and lower vacancy rates. The reopening of the US economy is boosting demand for warehouse and logistics facilities, as indicated by growing preleasing rates, which rose to 61.3% in Q2 2021 from 34.6% last year. According to recent reports, Industrial rent is expected to rise in the range of 4% to 7% in 2021 and 2022.”

Sidra Capital is making the investment through its Heartland industrial aggregation fund. The company currently owns 40 industrial properties strategically located in metropolitan areas across the U.S.