Tristan fund buys Vienna retail park for EUR27m
CCPIII, a fund advised by pan-European real estate investment manager Tristan Capital Partners, has bought the Stadlau Shopolis retail park in Vienna, Austria for approximately EUR27m from Australian investment and advisory firm Babcock and Brown (B&B).
Cameron Spry, partner and head of investments at Tristan Capital, says: “The recent ownership history of the Shopolis retail park in many ways mirrors the boom and bust experience of the European real estate investment market through the credit crunch, except this asset has been well managed since it was acquired by B&B. Therein lies the opportunity. We believe that Tristan Capital, along with our partners, Blue Asset Management, can provide the required investment that was previously lacking, to make Shopolis a very attractive ë‘core plusí’ proposition for investors in our Curzon Capital Partners III fund.”
Stadlau Shopolis is located in a major retail aggregation 14 km north of the centre of Vienna and has good visibility and access from the motorway leading into the city. The retail park was constructed in 2002 and comprises four standalone properties, with high quality retail occupiers including MediaMarkt, Merkur, Betten Reiter, Fressnapf Megazoo and Autoteile Unger. Over the past five years the occupancy rate in the park has risen to 97 per cent from about 55 per cent previously.
The asset was acquired by B&B at the end of the European real estate boom in 2007 as part of a larger portfolio of retail assets in Central and Eastern Europe with a view to creating a publicly quoted real estate investment trust, but the IPO did not proceed due to adverse equity market conditions stemming from the financial crisis.
Ali Otmar, managing director of investments at Tristan Capital, says: “Vienna is one of the most desirable retail locations in Europe, due to the high purchasing power of the city’s population, strong tourism, and consistent retail spending. This means retail rents in the city centre have outperformed most other European cities, against a background of a limited physical supply of properties. While the supply of retail space per capita in Vienna is also above the European average, there are relatively few major shopping destinations as close to the city centre as Stadlau Shopolis.”
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