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Morningstar, Starwood Form Joint Venture to Pursue Self-Storage Investments
Morningstar is a vertically integrated developer, operator and owner of real estate with a focus on self-storage and marinas in the mid-Atlantic and South

January 12, 2022: Morningstar Properties LLC, which operates self-storage facilities under the Morningstar Storage brand, has formed a joint venture with Starwood Real Estate Income Trust Inc. (SREIT), a non-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) managed by a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group. 

The partnership will pursue self-storage acquisitions, starting with a recapitalized seed portfolio of 25 properties that are owned by funds managed and owned by Morningstar. This initial purchase comprises 1.8 million square feet of rentable space in the Sun Belt. 

The companies will pursue “high-quality, stabilized assets” and buy existing portfolios or single-site properties. New acquisitions will operate under the Morningstar brand, the release stated. 

“We look forward to partnering with Morningstar and adding self-storage into SREIT’s portfolio of assets,” said Ethan Bing, managing director at Starwood Capital. “The sector’s stable cash flows fit well with SREIT’s yield and long-term hold objectives. Morningstar is a best-in-class branded operator, and this partnership provides immediate scale in a fragmented sector in addition to creating a platform for substantial growth.”

SREIT is a net-asset value REIT whose perpetual-life products are valued monthly. It specializes in income-producing real estate investments. As of Nov. 30, its portfolio of 334 properties had a total value of $18.2 billion, according to the release. It’s managed by Starwood REIT Advisors LLC. Parent company Starwood Capital is a private investment firm founded in 1991. It has raised more than $65 billion of capital in its history and has more than $105 billion of assets under management.