Among the total of nine properties purchased are an EDEKA supermarket with an adjacent ALDI discounter store in the North-Rhine Westphalian city of Essen, a retail park in Bad Münstereifel, also located in the state of North-Rhine Westfalia, with EDEKA as anchor tenant as well as an ALDI discounter and a Trinkgut beverage store, and a retail location in Kehl in Baden-Wuerttemberg with a Kaufland hypermarket and a toom DIY store.
As a result of the portfolio expansion, the funds division of redos increased total AUM in the three special AIFs by almost twelve percent to around EUR 1.84 billion. The special AIFs invest in core and core-plus retail properties across Germany – the total portfolio managed by the three funds now comprises 91 locations with around 924,000 sq.m. of GLA.
redos’ funds division also concluded 54 new rental agreements covering a total GLA of 54,800 sq.m. so far this year. It now manages 625 rental contracts via the three special AIF. The cumulative occupancy rate amounts to 98.6 percent.
Torsten C. Wesch, Managing Director / Head of Fund Management at redos, says: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 has set high demands on fund and asset management. We are more than happy with the business results to date. Thanks to our high percentage of food-anchored properties, our funds segment has shown robust growth. Our leasing team has done a great job as well. They have shown their mettle by being able to fall back on years of experience and their broad, personal network in this exceptional year.”
Frank Eckervogt, Managing Director / Head of Acquisition, adds: “We are also very satisfied with the transaction volume. We had some excellent opportunities to optimize and expand our portfolio on behalf of our investors. We are looking forward to further attractive opportunities in the coming year. Retail as an asset class, especially in the segment of food-anchored locations, is showing promising potential which we intend to leverage.”
Against this backdrop, the funds division of redos and Union Investment have increased the cumulative target AUM of the three joint special AIF “Redos Einzelhandel Deutschland”, “Redos Einzelhandel Deutschland II” and “Redos Einzelhandel Deutschland III” by EUR 300 million to EUR 3.1 billion for next year.
Union Investment has already secured the necessary equity capital among its broad institutional investor network and handles the administration of the funds under an AIFM mandate. redos is in charge for fund management, asset management and transaction management of the special AIFs and is also responsible for all leasing activities.