ING Real Estate and GIC enter into largest single asset transaction in Italian retail market to date (IT/NL/SG)

ING Real Estate and an affiliate of GIC Real Estate (the property investment arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) have successfully entered into a joint venture for the acquisition of the new Roma Est Shopping Centre in Italy from Italian food-retailing leader Gruppo PAM. The value of the transaction is approximately €400 million with ING Real Estate and GIC Real Estate having equal stakes in the property. ING Real Estate has added the property to the ING Retail Property Partnership Southern Europe (RPPSE) and has been appointed asset manager.

Roma Est Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping centers in Italy, comprises approximately 92,700 m² of GLA. It consists of a mall of 208 units, a hypermarket and a 12-screen cinema. The mall is arranged over two above ground levels and has 10 large-area stores of over 1,000 m², 9 mid-sized units between 500-1,000 m², 23 bars and restaurants. The remaining space is occupied by smaller retail units. The center's main tenants include both international and national brands such as Panorama hypermarket, Vis Pathe multiplex cinema, Ovvio, Media World, Pellizzari, Piazza Italia, H&M, Apple and Zara. Roma Est is also served by a three-level car park with 6,000 spaces.

Roma Est is located in the Municipality of Rome, about 14 kilometers to the east of the city center, in the locality of Lunghezza. The scheme lies in a prominent position adjacent to a major route of the A24 motorway and is highly visible from the motorway. The catchment area includes over 1 million people within a 30-minute drive from the shopping centre.

RPPSE Fund Director Maria de Rivera said: "We expect retail to continue to perform well in a market that is underprovided. Roma Est is one of the leading and state-of-the-art shopping centers in Italy thanks to a superb job by local developer PAM. The fund and our client, GIC Real Estate, are very happy with the transaction." The RPPSE fund has a target size of €1.2 billion to be invested in retail properties in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

President of GIC Real Estate, Dr Seek Ngee Huat, said: "Prime retail assets are rare to come by in Italy, especially one such as Roma Est Shopping Centre. It is a promising new retail asset that provides the key elements of location, operational potential and good management that we look for in investment opportunities. We are confident of its long-term rental growth potential and believe it is an excellent addition to our global portfolio of retail assets."

Source: ING Real Estate

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