Blackstone makes $1.2B deal with Brookfield for self-storage company

Storage businesses are a rare bright spot amid the economic downturn

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Oct.October 26, 2020 10:28 AM
Blackstone Group president Jonathan Gray (Getty)

Blackstone Group president Jonathan Gray (Getty)

Blackstone Group is buying Simply Self Storage from Brookfield Asset Management for about $1.2 billion, Bloomberg reported.

Brookfield bought the storage company in 2016 and has more than doubled its footprint; it now has more than 8 million square feet of space across the U.S. It started seeking buyers for the company earlier this year.

With this deal, Blackstone, which owns $300 million worth of self-storage facilities, would become the country’s third-largest owner of storage not listed on a stock exchange, according to Bloomberg.

The sale is set to be finalized by the end of the year.

The self-storage sector has fared better than the other real estate investment trust sectors in the pandemic, as economic changes tend to create demand for self-storage.

[Bloomberg] — Akiko Matsuda


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