Hamburg, 25. June 2018 – – Warburg-HIH Invest has acquired a portfolio of five local convenience centres with a gross lettable area of around 43,000 square metres for its “Perspektive Einzelhandel: Fokus Nahversorgung” investment fund. The properties were sold by Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP (“Rockspring”), a PATRIZIA company, on behalf of their PanEuropean open-ended vehicle. The purchaser is an open-ended special AIF, set up pursuant to the German Capital Investment Act (KAGB), investing in local convenience centres in West German growth regions, targeting single asset values of 10 to 40 million euros. The intended investment volume will total between 400 and 450 million euros. Approximately 250 million euros thereof represent equity capital. The annual dividend yield is expected to be 4.5 to 5.5 percent. More than 80 percent of the total rent revenues is to come from food retailing. The fund has a lifetime of 15 years, plus an extension option. The minimum subscription amount is five million euros.
“With the transaction, we managed to secure a sound portfolio of highly profitable properties in German growth regions,” said Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest and in charge of the Transaction Management Germany unit. “We continue to pursue our retail strategy and are bolstering the position of Warburg-HIH Invest as leading provider or investments in Germany retail warehouse parks.”
Stuart Reid, Senior Director of Rockspring, stated: “Following the completion of a number of asset management activities and lease extensions and considering the relative high weighting of the fund towards retail we are pleased to have exited the portfolio at an opportune time in the market to a long term investor of the quality of Warburg-HIH Invest.
“The acquisition of this portfolio is helping us consolidate the fund’s performance in the best interest of our investors. With the number of properties now already up to ten and the investment total at approximately 200 million euros, we have cleared the half-way mark well ahead of schedule and ensured an amazingly fast capital drawdown for our investors in addition to stable returns. We continue to see the food retailing segment as the main anchor of local convenience centres because it is essentially impossible for online retailers to match its assortments,” said Alexander Eggert, Managing Director at Warburg-HIH Invest and in charge of the Fund Management and Product Management units.
The portfolio sold by Rockspring achieved a price in excess of 100 million euros. The properties, located in Herten (in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia), Bürstadt (Hesse) Sinzheim (Baden-Württemberg), Reppenstedt and Lehrte (both in Lower Saxony), are fully occupied. The ten most important tenants, among them EDEKA, Kaufland, REWE, ALDI, OBI, dm and Penny, account for nearly 75 percent of the annual rental income. With weighted average lease terms of around eight years, they ensure a safe and stable cash flow and supplement the existing fund portfolio, which includes another five local convenience centres in cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (Aachen, Halvern and Bielefeld), Hesse (Usingen) and Hamburg.