A not-for-profit social impact investment fund manager, created to pursue an important mission; bringing private sector capital and capabilities into sizeable businesses and projects to create significant social impact
Catalyst Education is a leading private provider of vocational education and training (“VET”) with a focus on key social sector skills including early childhood education and care, aged care and disability care, and although predominantly Victorian-based, has a growing presence in New South Wales.
We invested in Catalyst Education with a view to building a transformative leader in VET with a focus on key social sectors. With its impressive reputation, strong values-aligned management team and market-leading position in Victorian early childhood training, we saw Catalyst Education as the perfect entry point to build from. It was core to our belief that structuring Catalyst Education as a not-for-profit would provide us with opportunities to create deep mutually beneficial partnerships with values-aligned not-for-profit care providers. Our discussions with these providers as part of our diligence gave us high conviction that the significant current and future workforce needs presented a large opportunity in training. Regulatory changes are an ever-present risk in VET, however the outlook is positive and Catalyst Education is well placed with a demonstrated track record of quality.
We partnered with Summer Housing on behalf of capital partner the Paul Ramsay Foundation and alongside The Impact Fund (“TIF”) managed by Conscious Investment Management (“CIM) to purchase 82 specialist disability accommodation (“SDA”) apartments in 8 properties. Since July 2020, our capital partner has committed $19m (of total $54m) in capital.
Supply of new housing to meet demand for disability accommodation continues to grow since the creation of SDA and its associated contracted payments under the NDIS in 2016. However, despite these incentives, the residual SDA supply shortfall at ~12,000 places remains significant.
Some operators entering the market are focused on maximising profit by meeting bare minimum standards to receive the SDA income stream. As a mission-driven not-for-profit, Summer’s developments are of the highest quality which we believe will drive ongoing strong demand and lower than industry average vacancy rates. We believe that this focus on quality will enhance, not detract from financial returns as a result.
Our Social Impact Fund I will open to new investors shortly, following a successful first close of $67m in December 2021.
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