Kamco Invest acquires ServiceNow world headquarters in Silicon Valley

Property to generate net cash yield of 7.50% per annum

Kamco Invest acquires ServiceNow world headquarters in Silicon Valley

Al-Othman: The size of the international real estate portfolio we manage surpassed USD1bn to reach USD1.18bn

Kuwait City: Kamco Invest, a regional non-banking financial powerhouse with one of the largest AUMs in the region, announced that it has successfully acquired ServiceNow’s world headquarters, a 328,867 square foot Class A office campus located in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara - California, USA. Situated in one of the area’s most dynamic submarkets, the state-of-the-art campus is fully leased to ServiceNow and will generate a net cash yield of 7.50% per annum.

ServiceNow is a leader in cloud computing and IT service management business solutions and is listed on New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization exceeding USD50bn. The company has invested heavily in the property to upgrade the primary HQ building, spending over USD300/sqft on the floor that accommodates the executive management team. Operationally, the Company’s financial and credit stability as well as future growth prospects are supported by its strong cash balance, robust cash flows, and diverse customer base.

The Santa Clara office market is a center of gravity in the Silicon Valley area, exhibiting an unmatched amenity base and superior regional access, with numerous Fortune 500 companies in close proximity. The Silicon Valley’s ability to attract top intellectual talent is unmatched, which further underlines the venture capital strength of the market as 35% of the U.S. total annual venture capital investment is directed to Silicon Valley. Given the highly educated labor pool, top-tier universities, quality of life and concentration of venture capital investment, it is no surprise that the region continues to evolve and attract a wide range of local and international technology companies.

Mohammad Al-Othman Executive Director of Real Estate Investments at Kamco Invest, said, “This transaction exemplifies our ability to identify unique income-generating assets located in innovative environments that are highly demanded in the marketplace. We are committed towards scaling our real estate portfolio through diversified assets and further growing the size of the international real estate portfolio we manage, which now surpasses USD1bn, as committed by our CEO in a press conference earlier this year.”

Al-Othman concluded, “We are currently exploring a new acquisition of a Class A property with strong cash flows from credit tenants, as well as two exits of existing properties with good returns.

It is worth noting that the international real estate portfolio, valued at USD1.18bn, includes 13 Grade “A” properties in US, UK and Europe and leased to companies with strong financial positions and high cash flow. The properties generate an average annual cash yield of 7.8%.    

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About Kamco Invest

Kamco Investment Company K.S.C (Public) “Kamco Invest” is a regional non-banking financial powerhouse headquartered in Kuwait with offices in key regional financial markets, established in 1998 and listed on Boursa Kuwait in 2003. It is an Independently managed subsidiary of KIPCO Group adopting highest standards of corporate governance and regulated by the Capital Markets Authority and Central Bank of Kuwait. The Company offers a comprehensive range of investment solutions covering asset management, investment banking and brokerage.

Kamco Invest manages an AUM of around USD13.7bn (as of 30 September 2019) on behalf of its clients in various asset classes and jurisdictions, making it the fifth largest asset manager in the GCC according to Moody’s asset management report dated September 2019. It also holds a strong track record with investment banking credentials exceeding USD22.3bn since inception till 31 December 2019 in equity capital markets, debt capital markets and mergers & acquisitions.

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