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The Fund will invest as a single Limited Partner in two US private equity real estate investment programs implemented by the Investment Manager, Bridge Investment Group LLC; a specialist US real estate manager with over US$10 billion in AUM and over 1,000 employees nationwide. The first investment program will acquire value-add multifamily apartment communities, and will represent approximately 60% to 70% of the Fund’s investments. The second will acquire value-add commercial office buildings in high growth markets within the United States and will represent approximately 30% to 40% of the Fund’s investments.
This combination of exposure to value-add multifamily apartments and value-add commercial office properties is consistent with the highly successful predecessor funds in the ‘ROC’ fund series, which began in 2009. ROC is an acronym for ”Real estate Opportunity Capital”, and reflects the private equity real estate fund thesis of having committed capital available to take advantage of opportunities in the market.
As at the date of the PDS, the Bridge Multifamily Program has a strong pipeline of potential acquisitions, with 12 assets providing 3,884 rental units, having been identified for potential purchase from different sellers, at a total purchase price of US$517,250,000 million. The Bridge Multifamily Program’s first assets are expected to be acquired in mid-late March, following the program’s initial capital raising. The Bridge Multifamily Program is seeking to raise a total of US$1 billion in capital commitments, with a target rate of total return (income plus growth) on invested capital of a 12-14% net IRR (USD denominated). If the Investment Manager is successful in achieving its capital raising target (as we expect it to be), then we would expect approximately US$2.5 billion of multifamily investments to be acquired during the program’s 3-year Investment Period, which will begin on the First Close of the Bridge Multifamily Program (expected to be late March 2018).
The Bridge Office Program is seeking to raise a total of US$750 million in total equity commitments from Limited Partners, with a target rate of total return on invested capital of a 14-16% net IRR (USD denominated). If the Investment Manager is successful in achieving its capital raising target, we would anticipate that between US$1.5 billion and US$2 billion in value-add office properties will be acquired within pre-defined target markets over the program’s 3-year Investment Period, which began in July 2017. As at the date of this PDS, the program has already acquired 19 value-add commercial office assets at a total cost of US$507.65 million. The Investment Manager has estimated that this price represents a 51% discount to replacement cost.
The Investment Manager’s investment approach in both the Bridge Multifamily and Bridge Office Programs combines a disciplined asset selection process with a focus on operationally-oriented, value-added improvements that increase tenant satisfaction and solve vacancy issues. These improvements are designed to drive growth in Net Operating Income (NOI) and value. This value-add approach is core to the Bridge DNA.
The period following the expiration of each program’s Investment Period is known as its Harvest Period, during which Bridge and its affiliates will execute sales of stabilised investments, i.e., those investments whose value-add strategies have been completed, on an individual or portfolio basis. Realised capital and profits will then be returned to investors, whilst net rental income will be distributed annually.
We believe that an investment in the Spire USA ROC IV Fund (AUD) is a worthwhile consideration for those investors seeking to diversify part of their portfolio both globally and into an ‘alternative’ investment strategy which seeks to generate above market returns, with low or potentially inverse correlation to the returns and volatility of Australian and global listed equity markets.
|Performance as at 31 August 2019||Net Returns*|
|Since inception p.a.||10.03%|
*Performance returns are based on an investment made at the Fund’s first issuance of units on 1st June 2018 at $1.3227 per unit and includes Unit Price growth from commencement of Net Asset Value calculated after all fees and expenses following the completion of capital raising in June 2019. Unit Price and performance do not include the value of Foreign Income Tax Offsets (FITOs) which have been distributed in addition to cash. Individual investor performance will vary according to the Application Price at which they were issued Units in the Fund, which in turn was based upon the AUD / USD exchange rate applicable on the day that an investment is accepted. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.
|Date||Unit Price||Net Monthly Return|
|31 August 2019||$1.4425||5.05%|