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Vukile, Led by Laurence Rapp, Secures $18.9M for Investments in Spain and South Africa

Vukile Property Fund Limited, founded by Laurence Rapp, a South African business executive, successfully raised R1 billion ($18.9 million) in equity.

The move aims to strengthen the fund’s balance sheet, giving it more financial flexibility for possible purchases in South Africa and Spain.

This strategic move is expected to strengthen Vukile’s financial agility, allowing it to capitalise on a solid pipeline of growth possibilities in its target regions. Following a successful expedited book build, the property fund will issue $18.9 million in additional ordinary shares.

Laurence Rapp, CEO of Vukile Property Fund, stated in a statement on the current event that the capital increase is significant in terms of the fund’s overall growth strategy.

“As part of Vukile’s ongoing growth strategy, we have identified and are evaluating an attractive pipeline of financially accretive, strategically aligned direct property acquisition opportunities in both South Africa and Spain,” Rapp went on to say.

He went on to say that in today’s market, which is defined by fragmented pricing and a premium on predictability and execution speed, the capital infusion enables Vukile to move decisively, thanks to a strong balance sheet and increased funding flexibility.

Vukile Property Fund, led by Rapp, has evolved as a major specialty retail real estate investment trust (REIT) with a strong presence in South Africa and Spain.

Using a specific growth strategy centered on leading retail assets, the fund has established a broad portfolio worth around R40 billion ($2.11 billion), with 40% committed to South Africa and the remaining 60% to Spain.

Vukile’s South African and Spanish portfolios have performed well under Rapp’s leadership, thanks to proactive asset management techniques that maximize property value.

As Vukile Property Fund continues to negotiate the complexities of the real estate industry, the recent capital raise demonstrates the fund’s commitment to strategic expansion and value creation in important areas.

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