Galleria Stara Zagora benefits from a total catchment of approximately 400,000 people within 45 minutes’ drive. Image: MAS
Investment

MAS Heads for Bulgaria

The company reports that the continuous increase in purchasing power in the region underpins the investment case in general and that for its acquisitions of Galleria Burgas and Galleria Stara Zagora in particular.

On April 19, 2017, MAS Real Estate Inc., listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Bourse de Luxembourg, announced the acquisition of two shopping malls in Bulgaria for €62 million. The malls were acquired from Globe Trade Centre S.A. and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Galleria Burgas and the Galleria Stara Zagora lie in the cities of Burgas and Stara Zagora, respectively.

Lukas Nakos, CEO of MAS: Image: MAS
Lukas Nakos, CEO of MAS: Image: MAS

“We are very pleased with the acquisition of the Galleria Burgas and Galleria Stara Zagora. This transaction is in line with our plans to expand into markets with growing economies across Central and Eastern Europe by acquiring accretive income-generating assets with real upside potential through our joint venture with Prime Kapital. The transaction increases our income-generating property portfolio by 15.3%, from €406.4 million to €468.4 million,” said Lukas Nakos, CEO of MAS.

Tourists as an additional target group

Galleria Burgas is the dominant shopping center in Burgas, Bulgaria’s fourth-largest city, with a population of 200,000. The mall benefits from a total catchment area of approximately 480,000 people within 60 minutes’ drive. It also enjoys a significant number of tourists during the summer holiday season because the city is near the most popular Black Sea resorts on the Bulgarian coast. The scheme is centrally located in the northern area of the city with excellent visibility from, and access to, a major boulevard in front of the mall and it is well served by public transport.

 “Galleria Burgas has a broad mix consisting of 115 tenants, including primarily international fashion and entertainment brands like Bershka, CCC, Cinema City, Deichmann, H&M, Humanic, Ikea, Intersport, LC Waikiki, Lee Cooper, Lidl, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Terranova, and Zara. Due to strong performance and tenant demand, we are considering a significant extension to enhance earnings from this asset,” commented Nakos.

With 115 shops, Galleria Burgas is the dominant mall in the eponymous Bulgarian city on the Black Sea. Image: MAS
Galleria Burgas Image: MAS

Galleria Stara Zagora is the dominant shopping center in Stara Zagora, the sixth-largest city in Bulgaria. The mall benefits from a total catchment of approximately 400,000 people within 45 minutes’ drive. It is centrally located, has good visibility at the crossroads of two main city boulevards, and is served by public transport. The tenant mix is focused primarily on fashion and entertainment and consists of 71 tenants, including brands like Bershka, Cinema City, CCC, Deichmann, DM, H&M, Intersport, Kenvelo, LC Waikiki, New Yorker, Nike, Pull&Bear, and Stradivarius.

 Need for refurbishment

Nakos: “Galleria Stara Zagora needs refurbishment and offers value-enhancing opportunities through operational streamlining and commercial layout improvement. With our asset management expertise, we have formulated an approach to improve the mall’s operational capacity to enhance the net income earned from the asset.”

MAS’s effective economic interest in the acquisition is the equivalent of an 80% direct participation in the performance of the malls and a 20% participation at the weighted average cost of funding achieved by the acquisition in line with the previously announced co-investment agreement with Prime Kapital. “This acquisition forms part of our investment joint venture with Prime Kapital and demonstrates the team’s ability to access outstanding accretive deal flow. The continuous increase in purchasing power within these regions underpins the investment case in the region in general, and for these two acquisitions in particular. We remain focused on delivering high quality and growing income distribution per share to shareholders. Our expansion strategy is on track and we are excited about the company’s future pipeline,” concluded Nakos.

Follow ACROSS

Download

fb-art 150

Share this article
Sign up for our ACROSS Newsletter. Subscribe to ACROSS Magazine.

Investment MORE

Ingka Centres’ First Acquisition in the USA

The company has purchased the “6X6” building in downtown San Francisco. Following a transformation, the retail destination will be anchored by IKEA and will be complemented by mixed-use offerings.

Stricter financing conditions for retail properties

Business closures and rent losses in the coronavirus crisis have made banks even more cautious about retail properties and shopping centers. In the case of refinancing, portfolio holders have to calculate with higher interest rates and additional equity.

Ingka Centres Acquires Kings Mall in London

Following its transformation, the scheme will be the first mixed-use object in a downtown location, anchored by an IKEA city store, in the United Kingdom.

Upgrading the existing portfolio

Ingka Centres’ €7.3 billion investment to transform its business remains on track – with particular emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Investment News

Allianz Real Estate Refinances a 300-million-euro Acquisition +++ Investment in Hallplatz-Galerie in Zweibrücken +++ Investika purchased Galerie Butovice

“Shopping center yields have reached levels of 6.75 to 7.25% in Bucharest”

The most active real estate investors in Romania came from Europe – up until 10 years ago. Today, investors from South Africa and Singapore play a vital role, says Liviu Tudor, Founder and President of the Romanian Association of Building Owners (Rabo).