Investment manager Downing exits five care homes following £65m investment


Investment manager Downing LLP today announces the successful exit by its funds from a group of five trading care homes, which comprise over 390 beds, managed by Care Concern Group.


Downing has worked closely with Care Concern since 2012, investing some £65 million across nine care home projects, including new-build developments, operational improvement projects, extensions and repositioning of existing homes.


Care Concern is a high-quality care home operator aiming to provide the best facilities and comfortable surroundings for its residents. The homes have all been developed to a high standard, offering premium-quality care to elderly residents across the UK.


Downing’s exit from the five care homes to an undisclosed real estate investor will see the successful repayment of Downing funds’ capital and will generate an attractive return to Downing’s investors across both the debt and equity provided. Care Concern will continue to operate the homes.


Mark Gross, Investment Director, Downing, commented: “We are delighted to have completed the exit from a number of our investments alongside the Care Concern Group. We believe the estate includes some of the best care homes in the UK, providing high-quality care to hundreds of elderly people. We are proud that our funding has been able to provide the management team with a platform to grow and develop the business.”


Manpreet Johal, CEO, Care Concern, commented: “The flexibility of Downing’s funding model and the support we’ve received from them has helped us to capture a range of strategic opportunities. Downing’s knowledge of the sector and their ability to understand our business has allowed us to efficiently deliver on our objective of developing a portfolio of premium-quality elderly residential care homes.”


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