Bouwinvest invests USD 75 million in serviced residences and co-living concepts in Asia Pacific

The Bouwinvest Asia Pacific Mandate has invested USD 75 million in the CapitaLand Ascott Residence Asia Fund II (CLARA II), a private fund managed by CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI). The investment strategy focuses on furnished serviced accommodation and co-living concepts in gateway cities within developed markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Hong Kong.

The fund is pursuing a value-add strategy, which will focus specifically on the transformation of well-located but ageing or underperforming properties. These can be hotels, offices or residential buildings in major cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore or Seoul. In addition, CLI is committed to achieve high ESG-related KPIs, such as GRESB rating, green certification and ESG reporting. CLARA II leverages the global operating expertise of The Ascott Limited (Ascott), a lodging business unit wholly owned by CLI, to manage its quality portfolio of resilient and green-certified lodging assets, further creating value for its investors. 

Robert Koot, Director of Asia-Pacific Investments said: “We are proud to team up with a strong partner like CLI. They have shown to create future proof assets with strong branding that perform well. Besides the financial returns, we have agreed on ambitious and progressive ESG targets with managers in several of our international investments. So I am very pleased that CLI Investment is as also committed to sustainable investment as we are.”

Jorrit Sennema, Portfolio Manager Asia-Pacific commented: “With this hybrid serviced residences strategy we intend to pivot between short and long-stay hospitality demand in the Asian gateway markets. We believe CLI is best positioned to capitalise on the recovery of the Asian hospitality sector through their long and successful track record in the lodging space”.

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