January 7, 2021
Capital Square, a national investment sponsor specializing in tax-advantaged real estate offerings, announced today that 2020 was a record-breaking year for the firm, with more than $1 billion in real estate acquisitions and over $356 million in equity raised for its Delaware statutory trust, qualified opportunity zone fund and limited liability company investment offerings.
“In spite of the global pandemic, 2020 was a record year for acquisitions, dispositions, new hires, and overall profitability,” said Louis Rogers, founder and chief executive officer of Capital Square. “Capital Square moved up the leaderboard on Mountain Dell’s national rankings of real estate investment sponsors and has firmly cemented itself as one of the nation’s leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate offerings.”
As of year-end 2020, Capital Square has sponsored 85 offerings comprised of 120 individual properties for the firm’s various investment programs. The firm has completed more than $2.5 billion in transaction volume.
Also, during 2020, Capital Square took two Delaware statutory offerings full cycle when the real estate was sold and most investors reinvested in another Capital Square DST to continue the tax deferral under Section 1031. Since 2018, Capital Square has taken 10 DST offerings full cycle, resulting in an average 9.94% annual return and an average 154.40% return on equity* to investors.
Capital Square’s investment model flourished in 2020, showing great resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic that produced an economic downturn for many assets. During the pandemic, Capital Square’s multifamily portfolio of 31 properties nationwide experienced strong occupancy and rent collections. The firm successfully collected more than 97% of rent from March 2020 through December 2020, proving the resilience of the portfolio.
“Capital Square’s investment strategy of acquiring multifamily communities in secondary markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast positioned our portfolio well to capitalize on massive shifts in population flows and demographic patterns as a result of the pandemic,” said Whitson Huffman, chief strategy and investment officer. “As a result, the portfolio proved to be resilient and performed at a very high level during the pandemic. This compares favorably to gateway cities, where apartment rents in San Francisco, for example, had a year-over-year decline of 25.5%.”
One of the company’s successful ventures during the year was the launch of new investment programs focused on four- and five-star, 55+ “lifestyle” manufactured housing communities in coastal Florida markets. The new investment platform focuses on the acquisition of communities where upgrades and improvements maximize income potential and operating and capital costs are very low because the homes are owned by residents. During 2020, Capital Square launched five offerings with an investment cost of $339 million for investors seeking manufactured housing as part of their investment portfolio.
Rogers added, “Capital Square believes that diversification is the best way to manage risk. The manufactured housing assets provide greater asset and geographic diversification for Capital Square’s platform of Class A and B multifamily properties, medical office buildings and industrial facilities. Not to give away any secrets, but look for Capital Square to introduce new asset classes and innovative investment strategies in 2021 to continue providing cutting-edge investment solutions for a greater number of investors nationwide.”
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