Westcore Properties Secures Additional Investment of Up To $337.5 Million from Almanac Realty Investors to Fuel Continued Growth of the Westcore Platform
SAN DIEGO – November 1, 2016 –Westcore Properties (“Westcore”) announced today that it has entered an agreement with a fund managed by Almanac Realty Investors LLC (“Almanac”), under which the fund has committed to provide up to $337.5 million of growth capital to Westcore. Including an investment of $197.7 million made in 2011 by a prior fund, funds managed by Almanac have committed to invest up to $535.2 million of capital in the aggregate into the Westcore platform.
Based in San Diego, CA, Westcore is a vertically-integrated real estate company that pursues an investment strategy involving the acquisition, management, leasing, repositioning, and development of industrial and office properties primarily in the Western U.S. The company is led by a seasoned management team, including Founder & Chairman Marc Brutten and President & CEO Don Ankeny, each with over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector. Marc Brutten stated, “It’s gratifying to keep our team and exceptional board together for the long term. Their combined financial expertise has proven to be invaluable in the acquisition process and has contributed to our company’s outsized returns.”
Don Ankeny, Westcore’s President and CEO, said “The Almanac professionals are astute capital investors who have contributed greatly to Westcore’s success. We are thrilled to be extending and expanding our relationship with Almanac.” The fresh commitment of capital will be used by Westcore to fund new “value-add” industrial and office investments and provide further growth of the organization. Since obtaining the additional commitment, Westcore has closed or placed under contract 2.4 million square feet of properties, representing $172.0 million of gross value.
“Westcore is a strong vertically-integrated company of seasoned real estate professionals with a 30-year track record of providing exceptional returns to its investors” said Andrew Silberstein, Partner at Almanac, which manages a series of investment funds and is a leading provider of growth capital to private and public real estate companies. “Over the past five years we have experienced firsthand the high caliber and character of this management team, and we are pleased to support the next phase of Westcore’s expansion.”
About Westcore Properties
Westcore Properties is a global, entrepreneurial commercial real estate investment firm with a specialized focus in western United States commercial and industrial properties. Since its founding in 2000, Westcore Properties and its affiliates have acquired and managed more than $4 billion in industrial and office assets, comprised of more than 750 buildings and totaling over 45 million square feet. In addition to its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, Westcore Properties has regional offices in Oakland; Sacramento; and Denver, Colorado, as well as satellite offices in London, England; Geneva, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; and Lisbon, Portugal.
About Almanac Realty Investors
Almanac Realty Investors is a leading provider of growth capital to public and private real estate companies. From the time of its founding in 1981, originally under the name Rothschild Realty, the group has raised $4.8 billion related to a wide array of real estate opportunities. Since 1996, Almanac Realty Investors’ primary investment activity has consisted of making private placements into private and public real estate operating companies. To date, Almanac has committed/invested approximately $4.1 billion into more than 38 companies in North America. For more information, please visit our website at www.almanacrealty.com.