Qualitas is a real estate investment management firm focused on investing across the capital structure and risk spectrum. We are active in the major capital cities of Australia, deploying institutional and private investor capital to fund high-quality, commercial real estate partners. Established in 2008, we manage circa AU $3 billion of committed capital.
Our investment philosophy is to seek deep value-based opportunities, with a focus on risk mitigation through institutional-grade risk assessment and management, governance and operational platforms. We co-invest from our own balance sheet to ensure alignment with our investors.
A HERITAGE OF OUTPERFORMANCE
Since 2008, Qualitas has built a consistent track record of strong returns, with no losses since inception.
Qualitas’ investment strategies include senior and stretch senior debt, mezzanine debt, preferred equity and ordinary equity investments in real estate development, value-add, repositioning, special situations and other opportunistic transactions.
With offices in Melbourne and Sydney, we capitalise on strong local market knowledge, deep industry contacts and on-the-ground capability in origination, execution, and asset and loan management to deliver results.
|2008||Qualitas established in Melbourne|
|2009||First mezzanine debt deal|
|2010||First equity deal, investments in NSW, TAS & QLD|
|2011||Sydney office established|
|2013||First senior debt deal|
|2014||Launch of first single asset fund|
|2015||Launch of Opportunity Fund 1|
|2016||Launch of Construction Fund|
|2017||Launch of Peer Estate|
|2018||Launch of Food Infrastructure Fund|
|2018||Launch of Qualitas Real Estate Income Fund (ASX: QRI)|
|2019||Launch of Opportunity Fund II|
CREDENTIALS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Qualitas’ success is underpinned by the calibre of our people and a dedication to building lasting relationships. It’s why many clients, investors and partners work with us time and time again.
Our highly experienced Executive Team is complemented by our independent Advisory Board, comprised of Australian business leaders with extensive expertise in real estate, private equity, investment management, superannuation, risk management, governance, law and finance.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT
Strategically considering environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) factors has become increasingly relevant for Qualitas’ leadership, employees and investors. There is a growing focus within the real property assets sector on addressing the significant global carbon footprint produced by the industry, and other material ESG issues such energy, waste and water management, access and affordability, labour management and community relations. Organisations are adopting ESG practices that shape and manage investment risk, support long term value creation and increase shareholder value.
Qualitas believes that embedding ESG considerations into the organisation’s governance, culture, operating and investing approaches will support better performance and ultimately play a role in Qualitas’ sustainable growth and success.
Our organisational values include excellence, innovation, diversity and integrity, and it is with this lens that we will drive ESG initiatives across the business. In particular we will:
- Continue to conduct our business in accordance with the highest ethical, legal and regulatory standards;
- Explore and integrate appropriate ESG considerations across the investment lifecycle;
- Partner with values-aligned organisations to generate high quality assets with superior returns alongside positive social and environmental impacts; and
- Empower our people to contribute in meaningful ways to ESG business initiatives.
We are encouraged by existing ESG examples within the Qualitas business, and how these will grow over time. For example:
Investments: Increasingly our funds address key environmental and social themes. We believe the industry needs to rethink how we deliver new high and medium-density dwellings, and that build-to-rent is part of this solution. Hence, Qualitas is currently raising capital for a Build-to-Rent Fund which has a strong environmental overlay (reducing carbon emissions by over 30%) and a positive community impact (supporting long-term rental options via residential buildings owned by institutions). We also have a Food Infrastructure Fund and Seniors Housing Fund, and anticipate other ESG relevant opportunities will become available over time.
- Governance remains a strength of Qualitas with an institutional-grade approach including an independent Advisory Board and a range of dedicated internal committees.
- We have leading policies to attract and retain talent such as health and well-being, flexible working, parental leave, and health and safety policies.
- Our community engagement is sector aligned via our long-standing involvement with the Property Industry Foundation. Group Managing Director and Founder, Andrew Schwartz is currently on the Board of Advisors.
This holding statement signals our public commitment to ESG priorities, which will progress and evolve over time. Qualitas will continue to learn and collaborate with those more advanced in the ESG journey and we are currently investing in the development of a comprehensive ESG strategic framework and three-year roadmap. We look forward to sharing and discussing this with our key investors and other stakeholders in due course.