Deutsche Bank acquires Dublin’s Westend Retail Park for €148m

German bank signals first major investment in Ireland with purchase of shopping centre

The Westend Retail Park in Blanchardstown, orginally developed by the Cosgrave Property Group, was one of the first open-use retail parks in the Republic .

The Westend Retail Park in Blanchardstown, orginally developed by the Cosgrave Property Group, was one of the first open-use retail parks in the Republic .

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Deutsche Bank is to acquire Westend Retail Park in Blanchardstown, in Dublin 15, from property firm Green Reit for €148 million, marking the German bank’s first foray into the Irish commercial real estate market.

The deal comes less than two years after the sale of the adjoining Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to US investment group Blackstone for €950 million.

The park, one of the first open-use retail parks in the Republic, was originally developed by the Cosgrave Property Group.

Green Reit acquired it as part of its purchase of the so-called Sapphire Portfolio in 2014.*

The park, which comprises 27,900sq m (300,000sq ft) of retail and other commercial space, was recently valued at €147.1 million. Existing tenants include Next, Heatons, New Look, Lidl, Nike, Gap and Argos.

It generates an annual rent of €8.5 million, which represents about 11 per cent of Green Reit’s total annual rent roll.

Revolving credit facility

Deutsche Bank recently bought the Diagonal Mar shopping centre in Barcelona for €493 million.

Green Reit said it had exchanged papers for the sale of the park with DSW, Deutsche Bank’s investment arm, and the deal was expected to be completed by the end of next month.

It said proceeds from the sale will go towards reducing the company’s revolving credit facility, which will give it access to debt capital for investment in other projects, namely its Central Park office park in South Dublin and at Horizon Logistics Park, adjacent to Dublin Airport, Green Reit said.

Chief executive Pat Gunne said: “The disposal of Westend Retail Park, representing a 55 per cent profit on cost, is in line with our stated strategy of recycling a portion of our capital to invest in higher return development projects in Horizon Logistics Park and Central Park, while maintaining balance sheet discipline below our self-imposed 25 per cent gearing level.”

* This article was amended on May 30th, 2018

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