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Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Finnish Sirius launches ¤100m grocery fund with 56 stores

Finnish fund manager Sirius has launched its maiden fund to buy grocery property in the northern European country, and has already committed more than 80% of the ¤100m raised into deals for 56 stores.

French ValueState enters Germany with 20yr Berlin hotel lease

French ValueState Hotels has taken a 20-year lease on the 5-Star Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof hotel from Hamburg's Union Investment Real Estate, entering Germany for the first time.

Austrian Immofinanz offers ¤375m bond swap for Buwog stock

Austrian Immofinanz is offering to exchange its ¤375m 1.5% senior unsecured bond into shares of its Buwog associate at a premium to improve financing. It retained a 49% stake after spinning out Buwog in an IPO last year.

Deutsche Annington seen first real estate firm in German DAX 30

Deutsche Annington, Germany's largest listed housing firm, is likely to become the first property company in the DAX 30 large cap index when the Frankfurt Stock Exchange operator Deutsche Börse meets this week, local media say.

French house sales driven by investor, not homeowner buying

French new home sales rose strongly in second quarter as government measures boosted demand, but the upturn was dominated by a two-thirds rise in investor buying, says property developers federation FPI.

Spain's Santander adds ¤130m Metrovacesa stake, eyes profit

Spanish lender Santander has paid ¤130m to Banco Sabadell to take its stake to 72.5% of heavily-indebted real estate group Metrovacesa, local newspaper Expansión says. A strategic plan for 2015-20 envisages ¤20.2m profit this year.

Spanish Merlin Properties logs ¤120m 1H net profit

Spain’s biggest REIT/SOCIMI Merlin Properties reported first half net profit of ¤119.6m, including a ¤94.9m revaluation of its real estate portfolio. The figures exclude new holdings in builder Sacyr’s real estate unit Testa.

French REITs post positive 1H, more gains ahead - Sofidy

French REITs' first half results were positive, with rental income and portfolio values rising and financing costs down, says Laurent Saint Aubin of asset manager Sofidy. Full-year earnings should be even better.

Investors turn to speculative Paris office projects to fill demand

Deliveries of new office space in Paris Ile-de-France are set to grow markedly this year but most has already been let, realtors say. Investors are focusing on speculative developments to avert a potential supply shortage.

Liquidity is key to improving Italian real estate activity - ULI's Scotti

Improved liquidity in Italian real estate through more domestic institutional engagement is key for taking the market forward now, says Giancarlo Scotti, former head of Generali Real Estate, just named as chairman of ULI Italy. New REIT/SIIQs could foster the process.

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