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Poland Investing and waiting for the EU billions

Investment & finance
Report authors from BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland anticipate investment volumes for 2023 to remain on a par with last year and the long-term transactional activity to be driven by the billions of euros that Poland is likely to receive from the EU’s budget.

The Polish commercial property market has reconfirmed its status as an investment hotspot despite the one-year-long war in Ukraine, the runaway inflation and the global economic turmoil. In 2022, total investment transactions reached over EUR 5.8 bln, an increase of EUR 100 mln on the previous year’s volume. Offices reclaimed the position as the top-performing sector after two years.

According to “At a Glance Investment Q4 2022”, a report from BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland presenting a detailed summary of the last quarter on the Polish commercial property market, last year’s total investment volume in Poland surpassed EUR 5.8 bln. This result illustrates not only the Polish market’s strength and relative resilience to shocks, but also investors’ confidence in the stability of Poland’s economic fundamentals. Investors appreciate rental growth across the market while also focusing on reducing many risks highlighted in financial forecasts, say the report authors.

Many buyers remain very cautious. As a result, prime yields for almost all asset classes moved out by around 0.25 pp at the end of last year. This suggests that investors are taking account of the possibility that pessimistic scenarios might materialize. At the same time, the yield growth trend, especially for office and industrial assets, appears to be strongly constrained by falling supply levels and high construction costs.
Mateusz Skubiszewski, Head of Capital Markets, BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland

In 2022, the strongest outward yield movement of 0.5 pp was for big-box warehouses sized over 5,000 sqm and shopping centres. The market is expected to bounce back in late 2023, with a consequent increase in commercial property investment volumes. Investment activity is likely to be fuelled by funds in the region of close EUR 86 bln to be received by Poland as part of the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027.

In their search for assets and acquisition opportunities, buyers now require thorough analyses like never before – not only of economic indicators but also of ESG credentials. Investors view this approach as an opportunity to increase the resilience of their portfolios, add value or to secure better financing conditions.

In estimating the investment values of many asset classes, especially of office and industrial properties, buyers strongly focus on tenant quality and stability. Another important factor is the average unexpired lease term. An in-depth analysis of these factors will help reduce risks to cash flow stability. But even despite the uncertainty at play, Poland continues to be targeted by investment funds, particularly from the United States, Germany, and South Africa. It was capital from these regions that dominated the Polish market in 2022. Another notable trend was the growing inflow of capital from other CEE countries.
Marta Gorońska-Wiercioch, Associate Director, Capital Markets, BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland

Investors continue to see offices as investment-worthy assets. In 2022 they spent a total of EUR 2.1 bln on this asset class, marking an increase of 24 pct on 2021. Last year’s headline deal was the sale of The Warsaw Hub to Google for over EUR 585 mln. The last quarter also witnessed a major transaction take place – the EUR 113 mln acquisition of Echo Investment’s Face2Face office complex in Katowice by Czech-based Investika & Bud Holdings.

The return to the new post-pandemic normal was favourable for retail assets which attracted EUR 1.45 bln of investment, the best result since 2018. Investor demand continued to focus on smaller retail formats, but - more importantly - after many months two shopping centres changed hands: Forum Gdańsk and Atrium Copernicus. NEPI Rockcastle paid a total of EUR 377 mln for both.

In 2022, the logistics, warehouse and industrial sector turned over EUR 2 bln. Although it accounted for 34 pct of the total transaction volume, it slipped into second place just behind offices after two years. The market leader on the sell side was Panattoni, which in 2022 delivered to investors assets for a combined value of over EUR 569 mln. The largest single-asset transaction was German-based Garbe Group Union Investment’s acquisition of the vidaXL distribution centre in Września, for around EUR 120 mln.

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schedule 27 May 2024
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schedule 04 April 2024
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schedule 27 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Alides Polska, a subsidiary of Belgian developer Alides, and Aya Properties Fund, have announced the joint acquisition of the Metron office building located in Warsaw from a Polish SPV held by Patrizia Frankfurt Kapitalverwaltungs.

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Poland High tech in Skyliner

schedule 24 May 2024
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schedule 24 May 2024
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schedule 23 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

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Office & mixed-use development

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schedule 23 May 2024
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Passerinvest Group symbolically launched the construction of the multifunctional Hila building in Brumlovka, Prague 4. Upon its completion in 2027, the building will provide a combination of approximately 20,500 sqm of offices for rent, 71 rental flats and retail spaces of 2000 sqm.

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Hungary Vitrum to be handed over in autumn 

schedule 23 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

Liget Center Vitrum, part of Wing Liget Center multi-building project developed by Wing in the centre of Budapest, is structurally complete. The new boutique office be completed in the autumn.

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Hungary Skybar opens in Budapest

schedule 22 May 2024
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Cloud IX, Budapest’s latest panoramic skybar, has been opened in the ibis & Tribe Budapest Stadium Hotel in the WING Liberty building. Opened last December in Budapest’s District IX, the hotel complex boasts a total of 332 rooms and a wide range of services.

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Poland Green financing for three CPIPG office assets

schedule 22 May 2024
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CPI Property Group Poland has concluded a green refinancing transaction with Aareal Bank amounting to more than EUR 277 mln. The funds received will be used for the refinancing of three Warsaw office properties: Warsaw Financial Center, Equator IV and Eurocentrum.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Mercer isn't moving out

schedule 22 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Global firm Mercer, part of the Marsh McLennan Group, has renegotiated its lease at the myhive Nimbus building and remains at 7,300 sqm.

Residential

Poland First residential units in Towarowa 22 project

schedule 22 May 2024
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The residential part of the Towarowa 22 project in Warsaw is taking off. Archicom is starting to sell flats in the first building under the Archicom Collection brand, which will stand in the immediate vicinity of the planned park.

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schedule 22 May 2024
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Romanian residential developer Redport Capital has announced the start of construction of Phase III of The Level Apartments. The project has received a building permit for 105 apartments to be developed with an investment of EUR 13 mln.

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Poland CTP will build for dogs

schedule 22 May 2024
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CTP has been appointed by dog food manufacturers PsiBufet and Butternut Box to build a specialist facility to produce fresh dog food for distribution across continental Europe. The new facility is being developed in a build-to-suit model at CTPark Zabrze.

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Panattoni Park Kraków East IV is ready

schedule 22 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

Panattoni has completed the construction of Panattoni Park Kraków East IV. The completion will be financed with a EUR 10.5 mln loan from Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. The facility has been fully leased by Omega Pilzno.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Batory I is fully let

schedule 21 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

ZST (Zintegrowane Systemy Techniczne) has increased the size of its head office in the Batory I office building. As a result of the expansion, the Warsaw office building owned and managed by Globalworth Poland is now fully leased. 

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Some Oxygen for IT company

schedule 21 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

LSI Software, a provider of IT systems that enhance operations and business management, has become a new tenant of the Oxygen Park office complex in Warsaw.

Warehouse & industrial

Poland New park from Panattoni

schedule 20 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Panattoni is launching the construction of a new speculative centre in the Łódź region. The project is to have an eventual size of close to 30,000 sqm

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Baskerville gets independent

schedule 20 May 2024
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Baskervill, an international architectural, engineering, and design firm, opened up its office in Gdańsk. A 200-sqm space is located in Officyna building.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland House of Skills is staying at Bolero

schedule 20 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Consulting and Training Consortium, owner of House of Skills and e-learning.pl brands, has extended its lease at Bolero Office Point 1 in Warsaw. The new lease agreement provides the entire organization with 900 sqm of office space that has been signed through 2030.

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schedule 27 May 2024

Metron changes hands

Alides Polska, a subsidiary of Belgian developer Alides, and Aya Properties Fund, have announced the joint acquisition of the Metron office building located in Warsaw from a Polish SPV held by Patrizia Frankfurt Kapitalverwaltungs.

schedule 22 May 2024

Green financing for three CPIPG office assets

CPI Property Group Poland has concluded a green refinancing transaction with Aareal Bank amounting to more than EUR 277 mln. The funds received will be used for the refinancing of three Warsaw office properties: Warsaw Financial Center, Equator IV and Eurocentrum.

schedule 16 May 2024

Cromwell sells Polish retail portfolio

Real estate investor and fund manager Cromwell Property Group has announced the sale of six retail centres across Poland, held by the Cromwell Polish Retail Fund to Star Capital Finance for EUR 285 mln.

schedule 16 May 2024

Studio B with a new owner

Skanska has sold the Studio B office building in Warsaw to Stena Real Estate for EUR 86 mln. This is already third transaction between the two parties in Central and Eastern Europe.

schedule 15 May 2024

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Peakside Capital and Generali Investments Slovenia have sold, on behalf of Generali Adriatic Value Fund, the Austria Trend hotel located in the Slovenian capital.

schedule 15 May 2024

Millions for MLP

ING Bank Śląski has agreed to lend more than EUR 26.8 mln to MLP Group. The purpose of the loan is to refinance existing projects spanning an area of 58,200 sqm, and finance the construction of another 21,700 sqm of warehouse facilities within the MLP Poznań and MLP Poznań II logistics parks.

schedule 14 May 2024

mBank finances City Logistics Kraków III

Panattoni has received financial support for the development of the City Logistics Kraków III project. The EUR 21 mln loan granted by mBank will make it possible to finalise the construction of the logistics park, located in Kraków’s Nowa Huta district.

schedule 13 May 2024

Real money for Real Management

Real Management has signed a loan agreement with mBank for over EUR 14 mln in funding for construction of the Good Point V warehouse and production park in Łubna.

schedule 10 May 2024

Another large transaction for Panattoni

A specialist real estate investor has purchased the Panattoni Park Poznań XI for EUR 92.5 mln. The centre is one of the main logistics hubs for a leading European fashion platform for its operations.

schedule 09 May 2024

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The property map of ZDR Investments funds expanded, thanks to the acquisition of three retail parks in the towns of Prevalje, Ravne, and Slovenj Gradec in the northern part of Slovenia. 

schedule 06 May 2024

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Euro Real Estate, a member company of the Wilhelm von Finck Group, acquired the City Tower Vienna from Immofinanz. With a purchase price of more than EUR 150 mln, this sale is the largest transaction in the office segment of Austria’s real estate market to date in 2024.

schedule 06 May 2024

Sona will take a piece

CPI Property Group has signed a commitment agreement with British company Sona Asset Management regarding a proposed equity investment of EUR 250 mln in Poland.

schedule 25 April 2024

Newgate buys from Redkom

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schedule 25 April 2024

A window for investment opportunity

Experts gathered at ULI Poland's annual Game Changers in the Real Estate World conference agreed that current market conditions are creating a window of opportunity for real estate investors willing to act quickly and thoughtfully. Smaller transactions by regional players dominate for the time being, but there is hope for a gradual return of major international players to the Polish property market.

schedule 24 April 2024

Helaba to co-finance 'Le Coeur' project for Hines

Helaba will act as lead manager for its long-standing client Hines in conjunction with the three savings banks in North Rhine-Westphalia, Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Sparkasse KölnBonn and Kreissparkasse Köln, to finance the construction of the 'Le Coeur' project in Dusseldorf. The project has a total lending volume of EUR 270 mln.

schedule 22 April 2024

Mount TFI introduces fund of global REITs to WSE

The first fund investing in REITs, Mount Globalnego Rynku Nieruchomości FIZ, made its debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

schedule 19 April 2024

Panattoni Park Voerde changes hands

Panattoni has completed a sales transaction in Germany. Clarion Partners Europe has acquired a prime logistics hub for EUR 75 mln near Duisburg.

schedule 18 April 2024

Flats, offices and hotels on the agenda

One United Properties has unveiled its strategy for the coming years. It plans to triple its residential offer by 2030, expand its commercial sector and build hotels in Bucharest in partnership with global brands.

schedule 18 April 2024

EUR 1.5 bln on acquisitions in Poland

Baltisse and Straco Real Estate acquire majority stake in Speedwell, expanding reach into Romania and entering Polish market. Speedwell wants to spend at least EUR 1.5 bln on acquisitions in Poland in the coming years. 

schedule 15 April 2024

Retail is strong in Romania

According to the special research report Romania Retail Destinations 2024, released by CBRE Romania, by the end of 2024 the stock of modern retail spaces in the country will overpass 4.5 mln sqm. It will set a new record for Romania.

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