US company favourite to acquire five retail parks for over €170m

Davidson Kempner is top bidder for Nutgrove and four others producing rent of €12.2m

Nutgrove Retail Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14:  tenants include  Homebase, Harvey Norman and Aldi and rent roll is €4.1 million

Nutgrove Retail Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14: tenants include Homebase, Harvey Norman and Aldi and rent roll is €4.1 million

 

US investment company Davidson Kempner is in key position to purchase Nutgrove Retail Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 and four other retail parks which were put into receivership by Bank of Ireland.

Davidson Kempner, alongside minority asset management partner Alanis Capital, is understood to have topped the bidding at more than €170 million for the five properties which are currently producing a gross income of €12.2 million.

Joint agents Savills and JLL had been seeking more than €162 million for the combined properties which extend to 1.1 million sq ft and are the largest to have been brought to the market since the property crash in terms of floor space.

The under-bidders are believed to have been Oaktree Capital Management, Tristan Capital Partners, in a joint venture with Pradera, and Benson Elliot.

The agents had put a value of €62 million on Nutgrove which has a floor area of 18,155sq m (195,000sq ft) with almost a third of it used as offices and leisure space. It has an overall rent roll of €4.1 million. About 76 per cent of the rent comes from multiples Homebase, Harvey Norman and Aldi.

Provincial parks

Letterkenny is the largest facility in the National Portfolio with 38 shops paying rents of €3.06 million. It is in many ways equivalent to a large shopping centre with a strong line-up of fashion tenants including H&M, New Look, River Island, Menarys and TK Maxx. Other leading occupiers include Marks & Spencer, Homebase, Boots, Argos, Halfords and Smyths Toys.