Overview

Acorn believes its integrated real estate platform adds value for our investors and other stakeholders.  It is an essential enabler to deliver and manage rental housing, while providing access to capital to drive scale, so that investors can benefit from economies.

Being a vertically integrated firm enables Acorn to deliver superior investment management performance. Driving value across the full spectrum from acquisition to development to disposal to leasing to managing the properties which results in a better investment outcome.

The knowledge that Acorn learns from developing projects flows into making investment decisions for acquisitions. Managing properties with a focus on very high quality allows Acorn to have a high tenant retention ratio, which produces higher returns to investors.

Innovation

At Acorn, we are constantly exploring ways to pioneer new approaches, products and services that enhance the value of our proposition, improve the experience of our tenants and further empower our employees.

System innovation has been used to drive operational efficiencies while design enhancements have enabled Acorn to be more flexible, save space and reduce costs without compromising on quality, reliability or the indoor environment. This pursuit of new ideas, refined designs and efficient management is now embedded in our DNA and is reflected in our daily activities.

Technology is a disruptive force across all industries, including real estate. What customers seek from real estate is constantly changing, necessitating a constant evolution of products. Acorn’s experience, scale, and culture of innovation makes us uniquely positioned to drive change at asset and corporate levels.

Our solutions are customized, but our approach is collaborative. We appreciate the importance of incremental improvements on an ongoing basis to ensure constant value enhancements across the value chain.

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Our Business

We are a vertically Integrated Real Estate business with 3 core capabilities:

Development Management

Land acquisition, design management, construction management, quality & cost control, and health & safety

Property Management

Sales and brand marketing, retail and value-added services, customer experience, university alliances, engineering, maintenance, housekeeping, and safety

Investment Management

Investment appraisal, financial modelling, debt and equity capital raising, REITs management, investor relations and reporting

Development Management

For almost 20 years, Acorn has developed iconic and landmark real estate projects in East Africa that deliver lasting value to clients, investors and local communities. All of the firm’s actions are premised on optimizing the three key pillars of project delivery: time, cost and quality. This focus has meant that our partners achieve their development goals consistently.

While financial returns are a significant objective, we also aim to deliver projects that set the standard for their market and are a source of pride for local communities. Combining insights from multi-faceted teams with local knowledge, years of experience and a commitment to long-term value creation, we craft sophisticated structures designed by prominent [and award-winning] architects.

The development management function in Acorn is undertaken by Acorn Management Services Limited.

Property Management

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With its business model focused on rental housing, Acorn has established operational excellence as a core value. Emphasizing the importance of property and facility management, Acorn delivers unparalleled service, asset management, energy efficiency and the reduction of real estate investment risk.

Acorn’s commitment to the importance of property management is exemplified by its development of a customized software program to manage building operations. This software enables us not only to manage leasing, tenant renewals and rent collections but also, expenses and resolution of maintenance issues, including any complaints raised by tenants.

We recognize that this strength in property management will enable Acorn to attract the right tenants, higher rents, superior customer satisfaction ratings and equally importantly, high retention rates.

The property management function in Acorn is undertaken by Acorn Management Services Limited.

Investment Management

Investor Relations

Access to capital is key to creating a sustainable long-term business in the real estate space. Acorn’s long-term view in investment management, where it seeks to manage risk, build resilience and generate sustainable returns (even through challenging periods in an economic cycle), allow it to target the right set of investors for the products it offers.

The central focus of Acorn’s investment management vertical is the two Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that are currently being established. REITs are the ideal investment vertical for sourcing permanent capital to scale up business models centered around rental housing. They are tax-efficient structures and enable access to capital markets. Acorn is initially establishing the Acorn Student Accommodation D-REIT to undertake the development of student housing and the Acorn Student Accommodation I-REIT to hold all income generating student housing properties.

Investment Management is responsible for both equity and debt fundraising and must ensure that investors risk-return profiles are matched with the different investment opportunities available at Acorn.

The investment management function in Acorn is undertaken by Acorn Investment Management Limited.