Walton Street collects $1.3bn for second RE loan fund

The real estate lender is charging a 1.5% management fee, according to Arkansas pension fund documents.

Walton Street Capital has surpassed its $1.25 billion target for its latest debt fund, according to a document submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Chicago-based investment firm has raised $1.31 billion for Walton Street Real Estate Debt Fund II, a follow-on to a $654 million debut vehicle that has delivered on its return promises.

Fund I has returned a 10 percent net internal rate of return, according to an April report outlining a $40 million Arkansas Teachers’ Retirement System commitment to the fund. The fund is targeting a 9-11 percent net IRR, according to Texas Municipal Retirement System meeting minutes from March 2014, when the vehicle was being marketed. TMRS made a $100 million commitment to the fund. Fund II will target a net IRR of 9 percent.

The firm did not respond to request for comment by press time.

The latest vehicle will have a 1.5 percent management fee on invested capital and a 15 percent carried interest over a 7 percent hurdle, the Arkansas documents show. The vehicle will invest in junior debt positions, which it will take by originating a whole loan and partner with a senior lender that will take the upper portion of the debt investment. The fund also carries a five-year investment period and is expected to fully mature in 2027, the ATRS papers showed.

Walton Street recently finished 36th on sister publication PERE’s list of top 50 real estate debt fundraisers. The firm has raised $1.07 billion in capital from 2014-18. Blackstone finished in the top spot with $7.17 billion raised over the same timeframe.

For its equity strategy, Walton Street closed its most recent flagship vehicle, Walton Street Real Estate Fund VIII, on $1.59 billion and has returned 13.3 percent, according to a Main Public Employees’ Retirement System document. Founded in 1994, the firm invests in an array of deals including recapitalisations, international ventures and single-asset transactions.

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