AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets makes a strategic move into Australian Healthcare Sector through Joint Venture with Grosvenor Group and Centuria Heathley

AXA IM – Real Assets has also formed a strategic relationship with healthcare property specialist, Centuria Heathley Limited, which as asset manager, will assist the Joint Venture in gaining exposure to additional high quality pipeline opportunities in the Australian healthcare real estate sector with the aim to create a diversified cAUD$500 million portfolio in the near term. As part of the arrangements, Centuria Heathley Limited will originate and manage delivery of assets, and assist in driving asset management. Centuria Heathley currently manages Australian assets across the spectrum of healthcare segments including medical centres, day hospitals and tertiary aged care while having established strategic relationships with specialist healthcare operators. This is further aligned by Centuria Heathley retaining  a minority stake in the Joint Venture. 
This transaction enables AXA IM – Real Assets to expand its real assets platform in Australia into the healthcare sector whilst building on its existing global Healthcare expertise and portfolio of AUD$3.2 billion. 
The two seed assets which set the foundation for this new diversified healthcare venture are the Mater Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Townsville and the Westside Private Hospital, a multi-tenanted private hospital in the inner-western suburbs of Brisbane. Both assets are secured with long leases to established national healthcare operators. The Westside Private Hospital in particular is a newly developed state of the art facility offering an ecosystem of complementary health services including a day hospital (leased to a major national operator), specialist medical consulting suites, a dental clinic, a medi-hotel, a childcare centre and retail. 
Kumar Kalyanakumar, Head of Australia, at AXA IM - Real Assets, commented: “Our strategy is to continue to invest on behalf of clients in alternate real asset sectors in Australia. This is driven by our conviction on the long term fundamentals of the alternate sectors as well as our global and local experience which allows us to execute and drive value in these sectors”
“Healthcare ownership in Australia is highly fragmented with minimal securitisation of real estate, and we see the opportunity for AXA IM - Real Assets to become a leading institutional investor in the sector. AXA IM - Real Assets recognises the attractiveness of this sector which is underpinned by demographic trends including Australia’s aging population and longer life expectancy, along with ongoing healthcare needs of the population and the focus of stakeholders on preventative and low cost models of care in Australia.”
“Through this strategic venture, AXA IM - Real Assets will be able to partner with Centuria Heathley and assist in providing purpose built, high quality real estate solutions for healthcare operators across Australia.”
“Grosvenor Group, an existing JV partner with Centuria Heathley, has similar ambitions to ours within this sector. We are excited to partner with them in this transaction, which marks another major milestone for AXA IM - Real Assets in growing its presence in Asia Pacific and cementing its position as a true alternatives manager to institutional clients.”
Andy Yates, Investment Director - Indirect Investment, Grosvenor Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome  AXA IM - Real Assets into the Joint Venture, which brings together like-minded investors and the right skill sets to create a successful long-term oriented healthcare portfolio.  We look forward to working alongside a local and experienced institutional investor in AXA IM - Real Assets, and continuing to leverage off Centuria Heathley’s asset management capability, to increase our exposure in a sector with such promising long term prospects.”
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