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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Taiwan’s Cathay Life enters Europe with £320m London deal

Taiwanese insurer Cathay Life has bought Woolgate Exchange in central London from US private equity house TPG and Canada’s Ivanhoé Cambridge for about Stg320m, marking its first property purchase in Europe.

Lisbon-based Sonae Sierra 1H net at ¤48m, reversing loss

International shopping centre group Sonae Sierra, based in Lisbon and owned jointly by Portuguese listed Sonae and private London-based Grosvenor, reported net profit of ¤47.8m in the first half, reversing a loss in 1H13 of ¤4.6m.

Swedish Kungsleden in ¤164m rights to resume acquisitions

Swedish listed Kungsleden will seek EGM approval for a rights issue of SEK1.5bn (¤164m) with preferential rights for shareholders, targeting proceeds for financial flexibility and resuming acquisitions. It aims to reach SEK30bn (¤3.3bn) in assets.

German Helaba lends ¤136m for Starwood’s Polish office buy

German landesbank Helaba has provided a ¤136m long-term facility to US private equity firm Starwood Capital for the acquisition of three new offices in Poland, which it bought from Belgian developer Ghelamco.

Berlin Hyp doubles 1H new property lending to ¤1.8bn

Despite a marked increase in competition, German mortgage lender Berlin Hyp doubled first half new lending to ¤1.8bn from 1H13, but its result before tax and profit transfer fell to ¤32m from ¤51m, impacted by restructuring, which will also impact the full-year result.

German house prices up 2.6%y/y in July - Europace

German house prices rose in July by 0.88% in the month and were 2.56% in aggregate above a year earlier, according to the Europace index produced by Berlin listed group Hypoport. Apartments were strongest, followed by single and multi-family homes.

CEE office rents to rise 3% despite supply glut – Capital Economics

Office rents in central and eastern Europe should rise by 2.5%-3% in the medium term as economies strengthen and property demand rises despite the recent sharp slide in new lettings in key markets Warsaw and Prague, says Capital Economics.

Mainstream hotels enter Czech Republic as market recovers – C&W

Mainstream international hotel brands are entering the Czech market to cater for an inflow of visitors, particularly from Asia, as the hotel industry recovers and new investment takes off, according to realtor Cushman & Wakefield.

Sixteen malls being readied in Spain, 500,000 sq.m. GLA

In the next two years at least 16 new shopping centres should open in Spain, adding over 500,000 sq.m. of leasable space to the 15.29m at end-2013, says a local portal. Three malls have opened this year and others are adding extensions.

Austrian Immofinanz reports 63% rise in 2013/14 net

Austrian listed property group Immofinanz reported a near 63% rise in net profit for its 2013/14 financial year to end-April to ¤180.4m, helped by around ¤33m in sale earnings, and income from the flotation of its BUWOG residential subsidiary.

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