Funds managed by the alternative credit strategy and real estate group of Ares Management acquired Capital Automotive (CARS) from a Brookfield private real estate fund for $3.8 billion. This latest transaction highlights Ares’ increased focus on serving sponsors and companies in need of flexible net lease solutions.

Headquartered in McLean, VA, CARS is a self-managed real estate company that provides highly tailored, sale-leaseback capital to automotive dealers in the U.S. and Canada to support acquiring new locations and upgrading facilities. The company owns a diversified portfolio of over 250 high-quality, operationally essential real estate assets that are structured as long-term triple net leases.

Using the complementary strengths of the Ares real estate and alternative credit teams and a dedicated team of seasoned net lease investment professionals, Ares has accelerated its net lease activities. Including the recent investment in CARS, Ares’ funds have invested in more than 1,200 assets totaling approximately $7.2 billion of gross asset value in the U.S. and Europe over the last 15 months. This includes net lease investments spanning retail, industrial and office assets leased to tenants with varying credit profiles.

“Our net lease capabilities sit at the nexus of our leading credit and real estate teams, providing us with a 360-degree view through which we can offer highly flexible net lease solutions,” Joel Holsinger, partner and co-head of alternative credit at Ares, said. “We are excited by growing market demand from sponsors and companies seeking a creative partner to help them unlock the value of their real estate assets. We are committed to being a partner of choice to them.”

“This is an area of the market that plays to Ares’ strengths as a platform given the different disciplines that are in constant collaboration. We believe that our ability to apply a hybrid real estate and credit lens to assess opportunities is a key differentiator,” David Roth, partner and co-head of U.S. real estate at Ares, said. “We provide our partners with the advantages of scale and experience to deliver a full suite of solutions that are unconstrained by asset type, tenant profile and structure.”

“I’m excited to be partnering with the team at Ares and believe that together we will be well positioned to take advantage of the expanding opportunity set in the net lease market,” Jay Ferriero, president and CEO of CARS, said. “Beyond the competitive edge of the Ares platform and the experience of the team, the strength of this partnership is reinforced through our shared commitment to accelerating positive social impact.”