News Article Czech Republic investment LaSalle office Prague Warburg-HIH
by Property Forum | Investment

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate is about to acquire the River Garden 1 in Prague via a share deal. The office building with its gross lettable area of 19,000 square metres and another 1,300 square metres of patio space is earmarked for the individual fund of a German investor. In addition to flexible office accommodation on six floors, the property from 2012 offers around 2,200 square metres of retail area.

River Garden 1 lies in Prague’s Karlín district and was developed as a multi-tenant office scheme. At the moment, it shows an occupancy rate of 90 percent. “We expect a lease with an international technology company to be signed for the currently vacant floor space in the near future,” said Matthias Brodesser, Head of Transaction Management International at Warburg-HIH Invest.

Main tenant at the River Garden 1 is Automatic Data Processing (ADP), one of the world’s largest independent IT service providers. Other tenants include Monster Worldwide, Creditinfo, Unilever and Shoptet. The average lease term is 4.3 years and thus close to the local standard term of five years. The property is sold by LaSalle Investment Management. 

It is located in the immediate vicinity of the River Vltava and has very convenient access to public transportation and to the town centre of Prague.

“River Garden 1 is characterised by excellent building quality and occupies an attractive corner location just 150 metres from the nearest underground station, “said Brodesser. “The neighbourhood is particularly popular among young people. Historically known as an industrial and residential district, Karlín has undergone a dynamic development over the past ten years. The property has effectively performed quite well within the competing environment, including during the first re-letting cycle. The acquisition marks the consistent continuation of our strategy in Eastern Europe on behalf of institutional investors from Germany and overseas.

Warburg-HIH Invest was advised on the financial and fiscal due diligence by KPMG in the context of this transaction. The legal due diligence was carried out by the law firm of Kinstellar and commercial advisory by BNP Paribas.