Investment principles & strategy
Through its extensive European network, M7 is able to identify a pipeline of attractive real estate deals across the UK and continental Europe, typically offering gross yields averaging circa 7% pa at the asset level (particularly appealing in the current low interest rate environment). With strong equity investor appetite for value-add real estate and with M7’s proven track record, the company is seeking to exploit a number of opportunities by making further investments over the coming 12 months.
M7 identifies investment opportunities for investors by linking a value-oriented investment philosophy with an active, hands-on asset management platform. The on-the-ground real estate experience available to the business through its pan-European platform results in a top-down and bottom-up approach to initial investment decisions and ongoing asset management strategies.
M7’s fund management business is forecast to continue on its growth path by offering high-net-worth and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in higher yielding commercial real estate across Europe (including Central Europe). In parallel, M7 will continue to provide advisory services and asset management services on a separate account basis and will consider co-investment joint ventures.
Strategic corporate development
M7 was established in 2009 and focused initially on the UK multi-let industrial sector. The need for efficient and accurate data management was a key part of the firm’s founding philosophy. A number of JVs were created with private equity partners to capitalise on the opportunities created in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. A workout business was also launched to help lenders manage higher yielding secondary assets.
Prior to 2009, M7’s original senior management team had built pan-European multi-let real estate platforms and used this experience in creating its bespoke, best-in-class information management systems. On these strong foundations, the directors developed the firm’s value-add asset/investment management focus and have consistently delivered strong returns.
The development of the continental European platform started in 2013 with the goal of providing real estate owners and investors with a first class, integrated asset management platform across Europe, specialising in multi-let regional real estate. Today, M7 has operations in the UK, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden.