London overtakes New York as Norway’s wealth fund top unlisted real estate destination

OSLO (Reuters) – London has overtaken New York as the top destination for the Norwegian wealth fund’s unlisted real estate investments, a fund report showed on Tuesday.

Construction work is seen on high-rise office blocks in the City of London in London, Britain, January 25, 2018. Picture taken January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The $1 trillion (£719.7 million) fund is focusing on investing in ten locations, which it considers to be global cities that are expected to grow in terms of numbers, employment and trade.

London, New York and Paris accounted for 22.8 percent, 21.5 percent and 19.1 percent of the fund’s unlisted property investments in 2017.

In 2016, New York was first, followed by London and Paris, accounting for 19.2 percent, 17 percent and 13.1 percent, of these investments respectively.

The fund’s unlisted real estate investments corresponded to 2.6 percent of overal assets at end-2017. Its target is to invest up to 7 percent of its value in such properties over time.

The fund is a co-owner of London’s Regent Street and properties on the Champs-Elysees in Paris and Hudson Square in New York. It funnels the revenues from Norway’s oil and gas production, investing in stocks, bonds and real estate.

The fund made its first unlisted real estate investment in Asia, in Tokyo in December, and has eyed investing in Singapore, although it has yet to make a purchase in the city-state.

The fund invested 15 billion Norwegian crowns (1.40 billion pounds) in unlisted real estate in 2017, taking its total holdings to 219 billion crowns.

Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik

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