Denver-Based Everwest Partners with Oxford Properties Group to Target $1B in Industrial Real Estate
Oxford Properties Group has formed a joint venture with EverWest Real Estate Investors to acquire and develop approximately $1 billion of infill, small-bay, industrial properties across the U.S. Alongside its formation, the joint venture also announced the acquisition of six initial assets totaling more than 1.1 million square feet across Denver, San Diego, Portland, Phoenix, Houston and Nashville, at a combined value of $160 million.
The joint venture will target a mix of core-plus, value-add investments and developments, focusing primarily on infill industrial properties across major U.S. high-growth industrial markets. Benefitting from proximity to urban centers, the properties will be well-positioned to meet the rapid increase in demand for fulfillment needs and provide occupiers locations close to their customer base.
Oxford will provide the primary source of capital and drive overall strategy, with EverWest leading the acquisitions and day-to-day operations for each asset.
“As Oxford continues to expand its industrial business across North America, our strategic partnership with EverWest, which offers strong operational and development management capabilities, will accelerate and diversify our investment plan to meaningfully grow our national footprint,” said Chad Remis, executive vice president, North America at Oxford Properties.
“EverWest has built a reputation for successful strategic collaboration with our investment partners over the past few decades,” said EverWest Founder and CEO Rick Stone. “We are proud and excited to continue that tradition with the Oxford team, providing our unparalleled industrial acquisition capabilities and working side-by-side to further diversify Oxford’s U.S real estate exposure with quality, performance-focused investments.”
“Our investment is based on an immediate go-to-market aggregation opportunity that exists today in the industrial sector and, in partnering with EverWest, we have found an operator with the proven experience and know-how to support Oxford’s continued growth in the sector,” said Ankit Bhatt, vice president, Investments at Oxford Properties. “As one of the multiple avenues we’re employing to expand our overall U.S. industrial business, this partnership will accelerate the buildout of our national light industrial platform and complements our recently acquired $2.2 billion infill portfolio from KKR, and existing 50% investment in IDI Logistics, a top-tier U.S. modern logistics developer. With strong market fundamentals and growth prospects, industrial remains one of our highest conviction sectors and core to Oxford’s North American strategy.”
Part of a thematic global capital allocation strategy, Oxford has substantially grown its U.S. industrial business over recent years. The company has invested across three main U.S. logistics verticals — big-box, infill light industrial, and niche/alternatives. In January 2019, it acquired the leading big-box platform IDI Logistics alongside Ivanhoe Cambridge for $3.5 billion. In 2020, it became a significant investor in Lineage Logistics, the world’s leading cold storage logistics provider.