CapMan press release 1 September 2016 at 8.30 a.m. EEST
Varma, CapMan Nordic Real Estate Fund and Cavendo partnership acquires Heron City in Stockholm
Varma, CapMan Nordic Real Estate Fund and Cavendo have purchased Heron City, the 49,400 sqm landmark retail centre located in Kungens Kurva, Stockholm from NIAM for SEK 930 (EUR 98) million.
“We are delighted to have completed this acquisition with both our long standing partner and investor Varma and our new partner Cavendo, who will take responsibility for asset management at the centre. With all of the opportunities it presents, Heron City is a great fit with our value-add strategy,” comments Ed Williams, Senior Partner at CapMan Real Estate.
Kungens Kurva is 15 minutes South of Stockholm’s city centre and is the busiest retail area in the Nordics with approximately 20 million visitors a year. The area is anchored by the largest IKEA store in the world and the catchment area includes 1.5 million people within a 30-minute drive.
Heron City’s main tenants include Sweden’s largest cinema operated by SF Bio, home electronics retailer Media Markt, interior design and furniture retailer Mio, Willys supermarket and sports & outdoor retailer XXL. With a distinct retail and leisure offering, Heron City complements the other retail centres in the area and has benefited from increasing visitor numbers and turnover as Kungens Kurva has expanded in recent years. Visitors to Heron City in 2015 amounted to 7.2 million. The property will benefit from significantly improved accessibility and catchment area over the coming years with the completion of the the Stockholm bypass infrastructure project.
The CapMan Nordic Real Estate fund has acquired a 50% stake in the Ringsted Outlet centre and forms a partnership with the Danish real estate company TK Development. Ringsted Outlet is the first and leading outlet centre in Denmark. The aim of the investment is to further develop the centre and its services to correspond to the increasing demand.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this retail niche that has truly been on the rise in recent years. The growth prospects for the outlet centre are steady and there are several value creation opportunities through improving occupancy and brand offering, among others,” comments Torsten Bjerregaard, Senior Partner at CapMan Real Estate.
“We have previous experience with TK Development working on BROEN Shopping in Esbjerg and we are looking forward to realising the full potential of the Ringsted Outlet with them,” Bjerregaard adds.
The Ringsted Outlet, awarded Denmark’s best outlet centre in 2015, covers 12,500 square meters and is the only architect-designed outlet city in Denmark following the concept of successful international outlet villages. The centre has a unique location along the E20 motorway in Sealand, a 45-minute drive from Copenhagen, with a direct rail link to Copenhagen city centre.
Ringsted Outlet has 44 Danish and some of the world’s largest international brands, including Nike, Hugo Boss, Calving Klein and many more. Currently the outlet is 85% occupied and is expected to be fully let in one year’s time. The centre had 1.5 million visitors in 2015 and has experienced double-digit growth in recent years, both in terms of visitors and turnover.
The focus of the €273 million CapMan Nordic Real Estate fund is to acquire mainly office, retail and residential properties located in established submarkets of major Nordic cities. The fund was established in 2013 and has made 17 investments of which eight are located in Denmark.