Approximately 20 years’ experience of investing in real estate, Actis is a reputable global sustainable infrastructure investor and developer of several green certified real estate projects. In addition to investing more than USD 20 million to develop An Phat 1 IP, Actis and An Phat Holdings has also signed a MoU to form a Ready-Built Factory / Warehouse Development Joint Venture Program worth USD 250 million.
First industrial real estate project in Vietnam
Actis, a leading global private capital investor focused on sustainable infrastructure, recently announced its first industrial real estate investment project in Vietnam, An Phat 1 Industrial Park. The investment of over USD 20 million, marks the beginning of its strategic partnership with An Phat Holdings, a leading local operator in Hai Duong province. The partnership will seek to expand its portfolio of green, light industrial warehouses and leasing factories, worth USD 250 million.
An Phat 1 Industrial Park of An Phat Holdings has an area of 180 hectares (Phase 1) built on the administrative boundaries of Quoc Tuan, An Binh and An Lam communes. Currently, An Phat 1 Industrial Park is at the site clearance stage as it prepares for construction to begin in the third quarter of 2021. The company has the charter capital of VND 375 billion.
The successful development of industrial real estate projects is the main reason behind Actis and An Phat Holdings’ collaboration.
In fact, An Phat Holdings is known for its An Phat Complex (46ha), which serves as the production base of many global corporations in the fields of electronics, mechanics, packaging, paper, audio equipment and pharmaceuticals in Hai Duong. The wide-ranging industrial zones developed by An Phat Holdings is distinctive by one-stop services that comprehensively supports businesses from legal procedures, financial solutions, human resources, customs, logistics, security and even industrial meals.
“Hai Duong is a great location for the development of industrial real estate projects thanks to its strategic location in the middle of the Northern Key Economic Zone, highway connectivity to the major sea and airports, synchronous infrastructure, and the availability of a skilled workforce. The province is also close to the border with China, making it an ideal location for China Plus One Strategy, whereby global manufacturers seek diversify their supply chain and set up an additional base in another country outside of China,” notes David Tran, Deal Lead at Actis.
The strategic partnership fuses Actis’ deep knowledge in developing world class, sustainable real estate and An Phat Holdings’ expert local know-how in developing high-tech and environmentally friendly industrial parks.
It is expected that An Phat 1 Industrial Park will come into operation and begin commercial activities by the end of 2021 and reach an occupancy rate of 100% (Phase 1) by 2024, as well as attracting 50-70 manufacturing plants, creating jobs for about 12,000 workers.
Developer of green real estate projects
Since its inception in 2004, Actis has raised more than USD 19 billion in around 260 investments. Actis investors’ capital is at work in approximately 100 companies around the world, employing over 120,000 people.
Actis has a strong emerging markets heritage across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In particular, Southeast Asia is a market that Actis has set its sight on to develop real estate projects.
According to Actis, Southeast Asia has a rapidly growing population, GDP growth rate is among the highest in the world. It is undergoing a demographic shift, digital disruption and has deficient quality real estate supply. With over 23 years of experience in real estate investment and 22 years of investment in Asia, Actis is also known as the developer of green-certified and energy-efficient real estate projects in Africa, India, Korea and China.
In Africa, Actis has developed four of the first green certified buildings in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Cameroon’s first destination retail mall, Douala Grand Mall, has been pre-certified with the IFC – International Finance Corporation EDGE certificate and is the first certified green building in the country. The mall will be around 30% more energy efficient and around 50% more water efficient than other buildings in the market, through measures such as using reflective paint, tiles on the roof, and application of water efficient bathroom fixtures.
Actis’ projects in Korea have also achieved green certification from the Korea Energy Agency thanks to its energy-saving designs such as Young City (Southwest of Seoul) – an old industrial zone that was transformed into an attractive commercial zone with both office and residential buildings.