Octopus Property secures initial commitments of £115m for next institutional real estate debt fund

by: Edward Murray
  • 03/10/2017
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Octopus Property secures initial commitments of £115m for next institutional real estate debt fund
Specialist lender Octopus Property has commitments at first close of £115m for the launch of its next institutional real estate debt fund.

Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund II (CREDF II) is focused on the UK commercial property market. It follows the successful deployment of CREDF I, a £130m fund launched three years ago, and CREDF-S, a £35m fund raised from existing investors in 2016.

The two funds have completed over £420m of lending, secured against commercial real estate across mainland UK. CREDF I has returned a gross IRR of 12.6% to June 2017.

CREDF II is targeting £200m at final close, which will provide sufficient funding to complete loans with a combined value in excess of £500m over the next three years.

Ludo Mackenzie, head of commercial property at Octopus Property and manager of the Commercial Real Estate Debt Funds, said: “Repeat commitments from CREDF I investors, together with new investment, are testament to the continued strength and growth of the business as well as the successful track record of CREDF l and CREDF-S. There remains a real need for commercial property finance in the UK market, and we have built a reputation and track record of delivering bespoke solutions, quickly and efficiently.”

He added: “From a borrower’s perspective, we provide loans that are more versatile than traditional bank finance and cheaper than private equity. From an investor’s perspective, CREDF I has been able to deliver returns that are comparable to equity funds, but with stronger downside protection.”

Mario Berti (pictured), CEO of Octopus Property, said: “CREDF II is an exciting opportunity for our commercial lending team, who have demonstrated their ability to deploy capital across a range of lending opportunities and deliver attractive returns.”

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