Slate Asset Management has expanded its European portfolio with the acquisition of a portfolio of 36 essential real estate assets in Norway for over NOK 1.5 billion.
This transaction closely follows the firm’s first two portfolio acquisitions in the region in December 2021 and March 2022, expanding Slate’s footprint in Norway to a collective 63 essential real estate assets.
The portfolio’s two main tenants are grocers Reitan Group and Coop Norge, which collectively anchor all of the 36 properties. These Class-A operators are two of the largest consumer goods distributors globally, together holding over 50% of grocery market share in Norway.
The majority of the assets being acquired by Slate are concentrated in and around Norway’s two most densely populated cities, Oslo and Bergen. With over 96% of the portfolio’s income generated by essential goods and service providers, the portfolio is well-positioned to provide long-term secured cash flows, as well as protection against inflation with CPI linked leases.
“Essential real estate is one of our highest conviction investment themes, and we continue to accelerate our exposure to this asset class and scale our platform in Europe,” said Brady Welch, Founding Partner at Slate. “This transaction significantly grows our footprint in one of Europe’s strongest and most stable economies with a portfolio of properties that are modern, high-quality and underpinned by best in-class tenant covenants. Our hands-on approach to asset management will enable us to identify and unlock the full potential of these assets to provide our investors with attractive long-term returns.”