BMO Real Estate Partners has completed the acquisition of three prime retail properties in Milan and Copenhagen for a combined €65m on behalf of Best Value Europe II (BVE II), its pan-European retail property investment fund.
Located in the centre of Milan, two Italian assets have been acquired in sale and leaseback transactions and comprise 716m². The first property is located on the pedestrianised Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, one of Europe’s most established and popular retail destinations for mid-to-high-end retailers, and is let to baggage and accessories brand Carpisa. The second property is located on the mile-long Corso Buenos Aires, which connects Milan’s historical centre to its business district, and is let to Yamamay, the premium Italian underwear brand. Both assets are located in concentrated areas of footfall defined by limited retail vacancies and continued rental growth and benefit from a 24-years closed lease term.
The third property, located in Copenhagen’s city centre, comprises 3,600m². The ground and first floors of the elegant four-storey property offers retail units which are fully let to nine high-quality tenants, leveraging the asset’s frontage onto Copenhagen’s prime retail street, Stroget. The upper storeys comprise 17 residential apartments for the rental market, providing a highly diversified and resilient income stream. Local infrastructure improvements are set to strengthen the asset’s accessibility and, in-turn, occupier demand, with the imminent arrival of a new metro station at the adjacent town hall square.
Ian Kelley, Fund Director Europe at BMO Real Estate Partners said: “These off-market acquisitions further diversify the income profile of the Fund, providing it with new exposure to key cities which benefit from high levels of affluent footfall. The specialised prime area of the retail market continues to outperform as the best brands consider prime located physical stores an integral part of their omnichannel offering. The outlooks for Copenhagen and Milan remain positive, leaving us confident in our ability to generate attractive long-term returns for our investors.”