Momentum Global Investment Management, in conjunction with sister company Eris Property Group, has successfully completed the second close of the Momentum Africa Real Estate Fund. A further $103 million was committed to the Fund which has now raised a total of $150 million to date. The Fund focuses on the development of retail, commercial and light industrial real estate in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa and is suitable for long-term institutional investors. The final phase of fund raising is scheduled to conclude in 2016 and aggregate commitments are capped at $250 million.
The conclusion of the second phase of fund raising coincides with significant progress on the Fund’s investment pipeline. David Lashbrook, Head of Africa Real Estate at Momentum GIM, said: “Achieving the second close is a meaningful milestone because it gives us a larger war chest to commit to a swelling investment pipeline. We are currently working on the mitigation of key development risks on several projects so they can be presented for approval. We believe that de-risking projects before transferring them into the Fund will help it to achieve the minimum 18% return target over its eight year life.”
The successful fund raise is in direct response to client demand to capitalize on Africa’s growing need for quality retail, office and industrial real estate. This need is driven by strong economic growth and an expanding population that is migrating to the cities with increased spending power. Clients also appear to have taken comfort in investing in this joint venture between a leading African financial institution and a premier Southern African real estate company.