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ARA Private Funds inks more than US$460m of property deals in H1 2019

THE private funds division of ARA Asset Management closed over US$460 million worth of real estate transactions in the first half this year, the fund manager announced in a press statement on Tuesday.

"This marks a strong, acquisitive year for APF (ARA Private Funds), which acquired a well-located office building in Singapore's fringe CBD (central business district), and a B-Grade office building in the heart of Brisbane's CBD earlier this year," ARA Asset Management said.

Subject to due diligence, APF is also scheduled to sign a further US$700 million of pipeline assets by the fourth quarter this year. These include two prime office buildings, a community retail mall and another co-living asset.

David Kim, acting CEO of APF, said: "Our robust pipeline highlights our ability to source attractive deals, especially off-market opportunities, in key gateway cities of Asia-Pacific where we have 'boots-on-the-ground', and a well-established investment track record, enabling competitive advantages and the ability to deploy investor capital judiciously.

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"Looking ahead, the team will continue its de-risked value-add strategy, seeking underperforming, undervalued income-generating assets in the deep, liquid gateway markets in Asia-Pacific."

As at end-2018, ARA's assets under management stands at S$80.1 billion, more than double the S$35.6 billion at the point of its privatisation in April 2017. This growth was fuelled by both mergers and acquisitions, and organic expansion.