Client story

Arden Group secures an $800 million seed investment to expand portfolio 

Arden Group, a real estate investment and management firm, had its eyes set on expanding their portfolio into new markets. With 30 industrial parks across the US they were already in a strong position.

Value

$800 million

Spotlight

Capital Markets & Securities

Location

US

How to manage and expand a complex portfolio across the US?

Managing large assets across vast distances within a niche asset class takes time and specialist real estate operations expertise. How would Arden Group find a partner who could support the existing portfolio while financing even more expansion? They needed a singular global advisor with expertise in debt financing and capital markets to structure a solution that would help them grow while navigating volatility and mitigating risks.

Working hand-in-hand, JLL’s Securities and Capital Markets teams provided Arden Group with expertise in debt financing, capital markets and investment advisory. In lockstep, Valuations experts established a fair price for the portfolio while the securities team recommended forming a joint venture with acquisition financing to close the deal. JLL Capital Markets supported Arden Group throughout each step of the transaction, providing comprehensive investment advisory.

Positioning a market-leading industrial asset

JLL’s global-to-local researchers used sector and location-specific insights to position Arden Group’s portfolio as a best-in-class, multi-tenant industrial investment opportunity. By educating potential investors about the benefits of this niche asset class and accessing JLL’s network of leading global investors, the asset was presented to more than 100 potential partners and generated multiple bids and rounds of negotiation.

Delivering financial flexibility

After winnowing down the list of potential partners, JLL advised and oversaw the creation of the Arden Logistics Park joint venture, between Arden Group and Arcapita Group, a Bahrain-based global asset manager. The deal was seeded with an $800 million portfolio of multi-tenant warehousing and Arcapita acquired a 49% interest with further plans to grow the gross asset value to $2 billion.
Securing substantial financing and structuring a high-yielding, long-term partnership has allowed Arden Group to accelerate its growth plans, which includes a potential IPO. This was possible by annulling existing debt to increase the group’s financial flexibility and generate higher returns.

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