Europa Capital has concluded the sale of a portfolio comprising two city centre office buildings in Budapest with a total floor area of approximately 26,000 sqm. KGAL, a European asset and investment manager, acquired the Kálvin Square and CityZen assets on behalf of institutional investors. The combined price for the portfolio is approximately €60 million. The property management will be carried out by KGAL´s local partner ConvergenCE.
“The portfolio was acquired out of a distressed position, when the buildings had a combined vacancy of around 45% and were capital-starved. We implemented an intensive active asset management strategy that involved a significant refurbishment and rebranding of the CityZen building, extended leases with existing tenants and marketed and leased the vacant space. A BREEAM ‘Very Good’ environmental rating was secured on both CityZen and Kálvin Square. Over the two-year period of Europa Capital’s ownership, the contracted rental income has increased from €1.4 million to €4.0 million, and the weighted average lease term has significantly increased from 1.5 years to 4.6 years”, commented James Pennington, Director of Asset Management for Europa Capital.
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