São Paulo, July 29th 2021 – Anima Holding S.A. (“Anima Education“), an authorized publicly listed company, has signed, on this date, an exclusive agreement with VBI Real Estate (“VBI“), investment fund manager focused on the Brazilian real estate market, to develop a portfolio of student housing that reaches 5,000 beds, with an investment forecast of up to R$ 800 million in the next seven years by VBI.
The agreement includes the participation of Uliving, a company associated with VBI, which operates student housing in Brazil. Founded in 2012, Uliving is the pioneer company in this asset class and currently has 5 assets in operation.
Anima Education believes that with this innovation it will serve an increasingly growing audience of medical, freshmen and mobile students. This will strengthen the care and attention of Anima Education to the student community, addressing one of the main concerns of parents, and offering a complete university experience to students with new experiences and connections, which go far beyond the classroom.
The agreement, unprecedented in Brazil, will facilitate housing for more than 330,000 students from the educational institutions of Anima Education, connecting the campuses to Uliving residences, augmenting the student journey. The buildings will be dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral students in addition to researchers and professors linked to the Anima Education ecosystem.
BONARD, a global advisory firm specialized in rented residential asset classes, with offices in Asia, Europe and Latin America, was the exclusive advisor to Anima Education in this transaction.
According to the CEO and co-founder of Uliving, Juliano Antunes, the partnership goes far beyond offering a physical structure. “Our goal, since the beginning, was not only to offer an exclusive experience in an unexplored and not yet professionalized market, but also to promote the sense of community to young people in Brazil and around the world, stimulating the exchange of experiences in such an important phase of the student’s life – elements that help in the formation of the human being and the professional”.
“This partnership is totally unprecedented and exclusive in Brazil, we are offering our students the possibility of having a complete and innovative university experience, which will provide connections and learning that go beyond the classroom. The proposal is totally in line with the company’s DNA in enabling our students to be in contact with what exists as most modern and innovative services in the educational market, contributing to their integral development”, points out Marcelo Bueno, CEO of Anima Education.
ULIVING Brasil was founded in 2012 and brought to the country a new concept of student accommodation. The company offers residents all the structure and support to provide unique experiences for young people who go from home to study. In addition to fully furnished apartments and living spaces such as study room, TV room, communal kitchen, among others, Uliving creates an environment where students feel at home, strengthening among them the sense of community and belonging. Uliving already has 5 units in operation in the state of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and, in early 2018, joined VBI Real Estate, a private equity fund manager, thus consolidating its expansion plan.
About Anima Education
With the purpose of ‘Transforming Brazil through Education’, Anima Educação is the 4th largest private educational organization in the country in number of students and the 3rd in net revenue, with a portfolio of valuable brands and one of the main players of continuing education in the medical area. The company is formed by a learning community of about 350,000 people, composed of more than 330,000 students and 18,000 educators, distributed in18 higher education institutions. It is present in 12 states, in the Southeast, South, Northeast and Midwest regions, and in almost 550 digital education centers throughout Brazil. Also integrated to the Anima Ecosystem are eight brands specialists in their areas of expertise, such as HSM, HSM University, EBRADI (Brazilian School of Law), Le Cordon Bleu (SP), SingularityU Brazil, Inspirali and Learning Village, the first hub of innovation and education in Latin America, in addition to the Anima Institute.
In 2021, Anima was featured in exame magazine’s ESG Guide as one of the winners in the Education category. In 2020, it was recognized as one of the five most Innovative Companies in the country, in the Service category, according to the Economic Value Innovation Yearbook; and won, in 2019, the Women in Leadership award, in the Education category, an initiative of the NGO Women in Leadership in Latin America (WILL). Since 2013, the company has been on the Stock Exchange, in the Novo Mercado segment, considered the highest degree of corporate governance.