Echo Polska Properties expands portfolio into Poznan with €91.1 million acquisition

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JSE-listed EPP (Echo Polska Properties) - the retail-focused Polish property play - today announced its acquisition of the King Cross Marcelin Shopping Centre for €91.1 million marking its first entry into Poznan.

Hadley-Dean

The purchase adds to EPP’s portfolio of 18 retail projects and is in line with its strategy of becoming the dominant owner of retail properties in the best markets across Poland.

EPP is purchasing the property through its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary, EPP Development 7 Sp. z o.o. from Poznań Żonkil S.A. (“Poznań Żonkil”), which holds the legal title to the property. The initial yield of the acquisition of 7.30% is favourable compared to the current sub-7% yields in other regional Polish cities.

“We’ve been eyeing this deal for some time, and with our share price where it is, it makes sense from every angle. It fits perfectly with our portfolio as it has strong KPIs, good asset management opportunities and will provide great value for our shareholders,” said EPP CEO, Hadley Dean. “We are confident this will strengthen our portfolio of properties in Poland’s most lucrative markets, and more importantly will deliver a fantastic value to all our shareholders.”

As with all EPP centres Marcelin is dominant in its catchment area. Poznan has one of the strongest local economies in Poland with low unemployment and strong GDP growth. The city is the third most populous voivodeship (administrative area) in Poland with a population of 540 400, while the larger Poznań Metropolitan Area is home to nearly 833 000 people. Directly adjacent to the property, the Business Garden Poznan 135 000m2 business park is currently under construction which will attract an additional 12 000 people daily to the catchment area.

The 45 353m² centre is already 99% let to popular international and national retailers including Media Markt, H&M, Intersport, CCC and McDonald’s.

This follows on the €334 million worth of acquisitions concluded at year-end (December 2017) and the €692 million acquisition of the M1 portfolio announced in December 2017. “By 2020 EPP will own 27 shopping malls with almost 1 million square metres of GLA across Poland, which aligns with our aim of becoming a leading retail landlord in Poland,” says Dean.

The transaction is subject to certain pre-closing covenants.

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