Firm created by RE Capital and Neworld will capitalise on demand from UK and other countries for high end Portuguese property.
RE Capital, the Geneva based property investment, development and asset management-business, and Neworld, a European-domiciled property development company, have yesterday launched Reward Properties, a new joint venture which will offer investors unique opportunities to buy into the attractive high end residential Portuguese real estate market.
The gross development value of the current Reward Properties portfolio sits at circa €300 million and each site selected for development meets a stringent set of criteria to ensure that investors can count on strong growth returns. Reward Properties will provide potential investors with an overview of the expertise of the developers, the range of potential investments, and the quality of the developments.
The two companies first worked together in 2019, developing residential and mixed-use projects in Lisbon, with London based Skybound Capital coming in as the major financier. The partnership’s first project was LX Living, a €90-million, 150-unit mixed-use development in Amoreiras, a sought-after residential neighbourhood in central Lisbon, which launched to South Africa and local Portuguese investors with great success.
In addition to LX Living, Reward Properties has in its current portfolio two development sites in the trendy neighbourhood of Marvila in Lisbon, where a total of 300 apartments will be built over the course of the next 4 years, and a further site in the Algarve, Southern Portugal, which will add another 43 villas to the company’s portfolio.
Skybound Capital, a London headquartered global wealth management business, will be Reward Properties’ official finance partner, providing investors with variety of bespoke loan solutions, from short-term bridging finance through to mezzanine capital.
Newman Leech, co-founder and CEO of RE Capital, commented: “Our objective is to create a brand that promotes sustained investor confidence and simplifies our go-to-market strategy. By combining to create Reward Properties, we have discrete but complementary capabilities, and we are delighted to be on a journey together, building a new venture which we believe offers something quite compelling to investors.
“We are proud to have Skybound Capital on board as our strategic debt funding partner. The company’s solutions-oriented approach enables us to develop tailored real estate offerings, while our focus on the Portuguese residential sector allows our clients to enjoy greater portfolio diversification. We look forward to working with Skybound Capital to identify even more unique opportunities for our clients.”
John Rabie, founder and Chairman of Neworld, added: “Following the success of our initial partnership, it made strategic sense for us to commit to a joint destiny and to create a new offer that combines our skill sets, joint resources, technical expertise, and access to markets - all of which add great value for our international investors, especially those who might be buying property internationally for the first time.”
“There is no doubt that Portugal is a remarkably beautiful country, and having recently undergone a major infrastructure upgrade, our investors have access to extremely favourable interest rates, as well as rental guarantees and attractive purchase prices.”
NOTES TO EDITORS: About Reward Properties
Reward Properties is a joint venture between RE Capital, the Geneva based property investment, development and asset management-business, and Neworld, a European-domiciled property development company.
John Rabie established Neworld to spearhead his residential and mixed-use developments outside of South Africa. He has a long and highly successful track record as a developer. He co-founded Rabie Property Group, one of South Africa’s leading independent developers, in 1978. The company’s pioneering mixed-use developments, which include Marconi Beam, Royal Ascot, Westlake Estate, Big Bay and Century City have changed the face of Cape Town and won many local and international awards.
RE Capital, formerly GMG Real Estate, is an independent, pan-European, private investment company specialising in the acquisition, development and asset management of real estate, and operating out of London, Lisbon and Geneva. The company has been delivering tailored real estate solutions for private and institutional investors since its inception in 2005, demonstrating superior investment performance across multiple sectors and strategies. Newman Leech is the chief executive officer of RE Capital and a member of the RE Capital investment committee. He has been instrumental in the growth of the real estate business and increased the assets under management by more than €500m between 2016 and 2019. Newman spends most of his time visiting the teams and projects in Lisbon and London.
Skybound Capital provides global wealth management and fiduciary solutions, with the ultimate goal of protecting capital and enhancing its growth. The company prides itself on its intellectual capital, risk management systems and an ability to do things differently from ‘the rest of the pack’.