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Investments in commercial real estate in Baltics total EUR 511 mln in H1

BC, Riga, 22.09.2017.Print version
Investments in commercial real estate in the Baltic states totaled EUR 511 million in the first half of 2017, remaining roughly the same compared to the same period in 2016, according to the latest Baltic States Investment Market Overview published by Colliers International (Colliers) commercial real estate services company.

The above total comprises investments in commercial properties with sales prices over EUR 0.4 million, excluding development and land acquisitions.

 

Lithuania leads in terms of investments in commercial real estate with EUR 260 million, followed by Estonia with EUR 194 million and Latvia with EUR 57 million. Total investment turnover in the Baltic states decreased slightly by 2.4% in the first half of 2017 in comparison to EUR 523 million in the first half of 2016.

 

In the first half of this year, the retail segment attracted the biggest share of investment (43%), up from 34% in the first half of 2016, being the main investment activity driver in all three Baltic states in the first half of 2017, Colliers said.

 

Following the acquisition of Kesko Senukai LC in Kaunas in 2016, the American fund CPA:17 - Global, managed by W. P. Carey Inc., considerably expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of 11 Kesko Senukai stores and a logistics property in Lithuania. In addition, 7 DIY stores were acquired in Latvia and Estonia at a total transaction value of EUR 127 million, which was implemented through the acquisition of 70% of shares of Baltic Retail Properties.

 

Investment in the office segment attracted the second biggest share of total transaction volume in the Baltic states in the first half of the year and accounted for 28% of the total. Notable deals in the office segment included the acquisition of the Vertas BC by Eastnine, the Duetto I BC by Baltic Horizon and new office building Penta BC under construction by Technopolis in Vilnius, the sale of the Hobujaama 4 office building to Colonna in Tallinn and the sale of the Ostas skati office building in Riga.

 

At EUR 111 million, investment in industrial/warehouse property accounted for the third largest share of transaction volume in the first half of 2017, driven by the sale of the VGP Park Nehatu in Tallinn and the acquisition of the Rimi logistics centre in Vievis (a sale-purchase transaction) by United Partners Property in Lithuania.

 

Average transaction size across the market as a whole was EUR 4 million in the first half of 2017 (compared with EUR 3.5 million in the first half of 2016). The increase in average transaction size can be attributed to the large number and volume of deals above the EUR 10 million threshold in the first half of this year (about 64% of total volume). At the same time, approximately 78% of the total number of transactions in the first half of 2017 in the Baltic states were deals of less than EUR 3 million.

 

In the first half of 2017, prime yields experienced downward pressure in all commercial property segments in the Baltic states, compressing by some 20-25 basis points, driven by cheap financial capital, shortage of investment grade products and strong investor appetite, Colliers said.

 

In the second half of this year, the investment market is expected to remain active as most investors have capital available and are constantly looking for good quality cash flow properties. After a record-breaking 2015 and active 2016, Colliers foresees transaction volume in 2017 exceeding EUR 1 billion in total and thus, remaining at the previous year‘s level.

 

Colliers International has been operating in the Baltics since 2004 and provides a full range of services to its customers, starting from the development of an overall real estate concept, investment consultations and corporate services to project supervision, assessment, management and broker services.

 






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