Montea agrees lease renewals and extensions, and debt refinancing (BE)

Montea has announced the renewal and extension of its lease agreements with Vincent Logistics at the site in Herstal-Milmort (Liège), with Movianto Belgium at the site in Erembodegem (Aalst) and the refinancing of 61% of its existing debt at a lower financial cost and with an improved spread of lenders.

Montea enhances its sites for existing tenants
Montea and Vincent Logistics have replaced their current lease agreement with a new 8-year lease (with the option to terminate after four years) for a 14,081 m² unit at the site in Herstal-Milmort (Liège). Vincent Logistics is renewing its existing lease agreement for 9,543 m² of warehouse space, as well as entering into an additional lease for a further 4,538 m² of warehouse space. Both the renewal and the extension have been signed at a rental return that is in line with the existing lease agreement.

With its floor area of 28,340 m², the building in Herstal-Milmort represents 10% of Montea's portfolio in Belgium. The site is situated in one of Belgium's main logistics growth areas, alongside the E313 motorway towards Antwerp and the E40 towards Liège.

Montea and Movianto Belgium, which specializes in the logistics and distribution of pharmaceutical and healthcare products, have replaced their current lease agreement with a new one over seven years (with the option to terminate after 4 years) for a unit of 4,830 m² at the site in Erembodegem (Aalst).

In line with the other units at this site, Montea will be refurbishing Movianto's unit and fitting it out so that it complies with the strict requirements for storing and distributing pharmaceutical products. As a result of the new agreement, Movianto Belgium now has a total of 8,250m² of warehouse space, which enables it to centralize its distribution business entirely at Erembodegem.

The site in Erembodegem (Aalst) is situated in an outstandingly visible location alongside the E40 motorway between Brussels and Ghent. The total warehousing space of 11,375 m² is 100% leased.

Montea successfully refinances 61% of its existing bank financing
For a real estate investment company with an average debt level of 50%, Montea's annual interest rate costs are by far its largest item in terms of charges. As a result, keeping those costs under control is essential, which means that financing and providing hedging cover for the debt is a constant preoccupation for Montea.

The refinancing was agreed on and spread across the four major banks in Belgium. Previously, it had only been with three of the major banks.

Lowering Montea's finance costs, combined with an improved spread of maturity dates in time and increasing the number of financial institutions involved has lowered the company's risk profile, which will have a positive impact on net yield.

Based on current opportunities on the interest rate markets, Montea will continue to work on driving down its financial costs during the months ahead.

Source: Montea

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