M Core launches into Romanian market with €219 million acquisition - the largest single-country transaction in 2023 in CEE07/12/2023
The deal, which was completed on 6th December, sees LCP part of M Core purchase a 132,000 sqm retail portfolio from Mitiska REIM, positioning the collective as the largest retail park owner in the Romanian market. M Core was advised on this transaction by real estate consultancy company iO Partners.
M Core’s Romanian portfolio acquisition is located across 24 cities, spanning across the country from Arad in the west of Romania to Ia?i in the east, as well as the country’s capital, Bucharest. The 25 retail centres offer a varied tenant mix including large global brands such as Deichmann, Pepco, KFC, Lidl and H&M
Notable retail parks in the Romanian portfolio include Shopping Park Pipera Plaza, which houses a gross leasable area of 11,000 sqm, across 35 units including tenants such as Starbucks, JYSK and national service providers. Shopping Park Medias also forms part of the portfolio with a gross leasable area of 9,089 sqm, including 16 units largely centred around European supermarket chain, Kaufland.
M Core’s launch into Romania is the next step in the property collective’s expansion vision. The venture is led by M Core co-CEOs of Romania, Sebastian MacDonald-Hall and James Fife. With the recent acquisition, M Core is poised to initiate a strong presence in the territory, aligning with the collective’s commitment to strategic growth. As such, M Core intends to bolster the Romanian portfolio through continued investment, mirroring the successful approach taken in the UK, France, Poland, Germany.
Sebastian MacDonald-Hall, co-CEO of Romania, comments:
"I am delighted to announce M Core's inaugural portfolio acquisition in Romania. Recognising the strategic significance of Romania, as a territory boasting promising macro tail winds and robust investment opportunities, this move marks a pivotal moment for our collective.
"Central to our success in Romania is a well-equipped team dedicated to managing these investments. The team is not only committed to delivering exceptional service but also aims to cultivate enduring partnerships with businesses and communities in the region.
"M Core's expansion into Romania represents a significant milestone, underscoring our forward-looking strategy and confidence in the local market. As we continue to broaden our portfolio, our commitment to excellence and community engagement remains unwavering."
James Fife, Chief Executive Officer of LCP in Poland, part of M Core and co-CEO of Romania, added
“After an extensive period of exploring opportunities in emerging markets, I am delighted to join Sebastian MacDonald-Hall in launching our Romanian portfolio. By entering the Romanian market, we are able to diversify our portfolio and create further opportunities to establish strong national business relationships. As we look to expand our portfolio in 2024, asset sustainability and community integration will remain key focuses underpinning our growth.”
Andrei V?caru, CEE Head of Capital Markets iO Partners, comments:
“This acquisition is the largest single-country transaction in 2023 in CEE. It therefore represents a strong vote of confidence in the Romanian market as well as confirms M Core’s increasing dominance in the region. The deal demonstrates iO’s ability to support our clients navigate through the complex market environment and seize great opportunities.”
To learn more about M Core, including the collective’s combined full-service asset management portfolio, visit www.mcoreproperty.com.