Kinetic Capital

Specialist PBSA lender Kinetic Capital launches

A specialist lender in the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, Kinetic Capital Limited, has launched with an initial £100m commitment.


Kinetic Capital is led and co-founded by Steve Grant, ex chief executive officer at Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA), and Nicholas Porter, founder and chairman of GSA.

It is committed to providing financing solutions to PBSA owners, developers and operators.

The business will be based in the UK and will initially focus on the UK and Irish markets, with plans to expand internationally soon.

It is the company’s vision to be the leading provider of PBSA financing globally.

The team will combine trusted sector relationships with knowledge to identify, underwrite and execute transactions efficiently to deliver significant market opportunities. 

Kinetic Capital will offer whole loans, mezzanine debt, bridging finance and preferred equity, and lending against development or investment properties. 
The business has already secured seed capital for its first specialist debt vehicle, focusing on the UK and Ireland.

Steve said: “As the only specialist PBSA lender, [we have] an unrivalled ability to assess and underwrite PBSA transactions. 

“The business already has a strong pipeline and we are also seeing good demand from investors looking to gain exposure to a focused debt vehicle with an expert manager.

“The resilience of higher education continues to underpin the PBSA market, providing for strong demand and growth in the sector. 

“Investor appetite for secure, high yielding revenue streams supported by the growing global student population, translates to a positive outlook.”

Nicholas added: “We are a global pioneer in PBSA and a trusted partner to leading debt and equity providers in the space. 

“We see Kinetic Capital as a natural extension to our core capabilities, allowing us to build upon our deep sector relationships and strengths in the market, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead.” 

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