Accelerate CEO Michael Georgiou. Picture: SUPPLIED
Accelerate CEO Michael Georgiou. Picture: SUPPLIED

Accelerate Property Fund, the JSE-listed real estate investment trust with significant exposure in Fourways, has announced it will acquire a portfolio of five single-tenanted, long-lease, light industrial properties in Poland for €41.9m.

The portfolio comprises warehouse and logistics facilities which are either newly constructed or were recently developed by Panattoni Development Company, an international real estate developer specialising in industrial real estate and warehouses in Europe and the US.

The properties had strong locations with good road access and visibility, and were situated in strategic manufacturing nodes within Poland, said Accelerate.

"We are very excited about this acquisition of five new, high-quality, light industrial assets in Poland, the largest economy in Central and Eastern Europe.

"This portfolio complements our current bespoke offshore strategy to invest in long-term single-tenant net leased properties that are strategic to blue-chip multinational or large regional tenants in this region. The acquisition increases our presence in Europe with assets that provide long-term euro-denominated income streams backed by high-quality tenants," said CEO Michael Georgiou.

This is Accelerate’s first acquisition in Poland. The company invested in Austria and Slovakia last year, when its bought nine retail warehouses all tenanted by OBI.

Wynand Smit of Anchor Stockbrokers said the Polish deal expanded Accelerate’s offshore asset base.

"The Polish acquisition diversifies their tenant risk as the European platform is currently concentrated and exposed to a single tenant, OBI.

"We also welcome the fact that they are investing in the industrial sector in Europe, which we think will do well in the short to medium term. The acquisition will, however, have a very limited impact on dividend per share growth for financial year 2018 and financial year 2019," he said.

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