PLANS OF INVESTORS AND OWNERS

Investment

Ikea Group acquires Ikano Retail Centers

Ikea Group has signed an agreement with Ikano Group to acquire the remaining 51% in Ikano Retail Centers.

Italian disposal

Altarea Cogedim has sold four shopping centers to Episo 3, a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners, for €122 million.

CBRE sells Sarni Stok to Union Investment

Union Investment has signed and sealed a deal for another foreign investment for its retail fund UII Shopping Nr. 1.

“We want to increase the foreign share in our retail segment”

Henrike Waldburg, Head of Investment Management Shopping Center at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, tells ACROSS about her most recent coup, the acquisition of the shopping center “Palladium” in Prague and why acquisitions are currently easy to finance.

IGD Deal in Tuscany

Immobiliare Grande Distribuzione SIIQ S.p.A. (IGD) has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase from Unicoop Tirreno the mall that will be inside the shopping center currently under construction in Grossetto.

“THERE ARE ALMOST NO NEW DEVELOPMENTS ANYMORE”

Josip Kardun, Group CEO of Atrium European Real Estate Limited, tells ACROSS about the company’s strategy and why institutional investors are no longer willing to wait to see returns.

ORION SELLS PLENILUNIO FOR €375 MILLION

Investment Fund Orion Capital Managers have agreed to sell Plenilunio, one the major prime shopping centers in Madrid, to French Company Klépierre. Opened in 2006, the mall is strategi-cally located in the east of the city with no competition.

REFINANCING FOR BONARKA CITY CENTER

ING Bank Slaski S.A. and ING Bank N.V. have jointly signed a €193 million term loan facility to refinance senior debt related to the Bonarka City Center shopping mall.

NEWS FROM THE PALLADIUM

Hannover Leasing has sold a majority stake in the largest urban shopping center in the Czech Republic, the Palladium in Prague. The transaction basis is real estate worth about €570 million. The seller was a holding company for which Hannover Leasing acquired the property and took over asset management. The buyer is Union Investment of Hamburg.

PARTNERS GROUP BUYS PORTFOLIO FOR €163 MILLION

By way of a transaction that closed on February 3, 2015, a new investment vehicle established by Partners Group and its operating partner Northern Horizon Capital has agreed to buy a portfolio comprising the majority of the assets of BPT Optima, an institutional real estate investment vehicle.

UNIBAL-RODAMCO SELLS NOVA LUND

TIAA Henderson Real Estate (TH Real Estate) has exchanged contracts for the acquisition of the Nova Lund shopping center from Uni-bail-Rodamco for €176 million.

EUROPA SHOPPING CENTER IN VILNIUS HAS A NEW OWNER

Baltic Property Trust Secura A/S, which is currently in voluntary liquidation, has completed the sale of its largest property, Europa shopping center.

RETAIL PARKS: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT OR HYPE?

Retail parks are currently a hot topic of conversation: The retail format is increasingly the first choice among retailers and consumers and investors are now following suit. GfK retail expert Manuel Jahn explores why retail parks constitute a sustainable investment with genuine substance.

TLG IMMOBILIEN INVESTS IN BERLIN POWER CENTER

The German firm TLG Immobilien AG has acquired a retail park situated in Berlin-Adlershof (Treptow-Köpenick). The purchase price was €30.825 million. The seller was a property company supervised by Waypoint Real Estate GmbH (WPRE).

ATRIUM COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF FOCUS MALL

Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a leading owner, operator, and developer of shopping centers and retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced that, further to its announcement on October 6, 2014, it has completed the acquisition of Focus Mall in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from Aviva Investors for €122 million.

TIAA HENDERSON REAL ESTATE SECURES FINANCING FOR SPANISH SHOPPING CENTER

TIAA Henderson Real Estate (TH Real Estate) has secured €125 million of new debt financing on behalf of the newly acquired Islazul Shopping Center in Madrid, Spain.

SIERRA FUND AND CBRE RETAIL PROPERTY FUND IBERICA SELL LA FARGA

Sierra Fund (a pan-European retail fund in which Sonae Sierra has a stake of 50.1%) and the Retail Property Fund Iberica (RPFI), which is managed by CBRE Global Investors, have sold the La Farga Shopping Center (Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona) to Temprano Capital Partners.

CARREFOUR COMPLETES THE ACQUISITION OF DIA FRANCE

Carrefour recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Dia France. This transaction is in line with Carrefour’s multi-format and multi-channel expansion strategy.

BALMAIN ASSET MANAGEMENT WITH NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR CEE

Ewa Szafranska-Madry has been appointed Managing Director at Balmain Asset Management CEE in Warsaw. In her new function, Ewa Szafranska-Madry will be responsible for the development of the company’s property portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe.