CTP Agrees EUR1.9 Billion Syndicated Financing Package in CEE's Largest Real Estate Transaction of 2019

PRAGUE, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CTP and a consortium of three banking groups agreed on underwriting package of EUR1.9 billion for CTP's Czech industrial portfolio, comprised of 200 buildings, covering 2.7 million m(2) of premium industrial space. In the largest real estate transaction to date in Central and Eastern Europe, the 7-year loans provide for the refinancing of EUR1.6 billion of existing properties and extends EUR269 million in new financing for projects to be completed in the next 18 months.

"We are pleased to confirm our continued cooperation and deepened relationships with our core banking partners in concluding this milestone syndicated loan transaction. This deal secures our financing in the Czech Republic for the mid-term and will help us significantly in achieving our next goal of growing to 10 million square metres," stated Remon Vos, CTP Group CEO.

The transaction consolidates 40 existing loan agreements into one syndicated loan. "The new loan structure significantly simplifies our previous financing arrangements, making us fitter for the future. We can streamline loan administration and processing and benefit from secure funding of our industrial portfolio over the mid-term, in addition to development financing for the next 18 months," commented Zdenek Raus, CTP CFO for the Czech Republic. 

"The transaction volume of EUR1.9 billion makes the deal the largest ever real estate transaction in Central and Eastern Europe, not only the Czech Republic. All stakeholders -- especially our tenants -- benefit from the stable and secure funding resulting from this transaction, allowing them to focus on their core business and for CTP to continue to provide market-leading services. The strong long-term relationships we have with our banks proven by this deal provide the basis for further cooperation with respect to our CEE portfolio, which now stands at over 5.0 million m(2)," stated Richard Wilkinson, Group CFO.

"This deal sets a new benchmark for real estate financing in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of size and complexity. It underscores the leading position of Erste Group in the Central Europe region and Ceská sporitelna in the Czech Republic. This was a deal that continues our excellent and long-term relationship with CTP," stated Patrick Zehetmayr, Head of Real Estate Financing at Erste Group and Pavel Krácmar, the member of the board of Ceská sporitelna.

"We are very pleased to have been able to support CTP in this historic deal that once again shows our ability to assist our clients with ground-breaking financial structures," released Matteo Pietropoli, Head of CEE Financing at UniCredit and Slavomir Bena, Head of CIB in the Czech Republic and Slovakia at UniCredit in a joint statement.

"This deal proves again the commitment of Société Générale to the Central Europe region and Komercní banka to the Czech Republic and underlines the ability of our group to support innovative and creative solutions meeting our clients' needs. The size and complexity of this deal provided unique challenges, which we are proud to have solved. This deal sets a new standard for financing in Central and Eastern Europe and we are very happy to have supported CTP," stated Jean-Pierre Cherbit, from Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking and David Formánek, member of the board of Komercní banka.

The legal side of the transaction was led on behalf of CTP by M&A and transactional lawyer, Kveta Vojtová, with support from the local CTP banking and corporate team.

Mandated Lead Arrangers: Erste Group Bank AG and Ceská sporitelna, a.s., Société Générale S.A. and Komercní banka, a.s., UniCredit S.p.A. and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

Agent: Komercní banka, a.s. (Radim Exner, Ladislav Malina)

Security Agent: Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (Georg Wobbe)

External advisors: For CTP: Legal services: Clifford Chance Prague LLP (Milo Felgr, Marian Husár) Financial advisors: Eastdil Secured (Per Mario Floden, Donal Dunne)

For the underwriting banks: Legal services: White & Case s.r.o., advokátní kancelár (Jan Linda, Václav Kubr) Tax/financial advisors: KPMG Ceská Republika s.r.o. (Petr Toman, Pavel Falout) Technical advisors: Arcadis Czech Republic s.r.o. (Jan Podzimek, Jan Jurcícek) Valuation: CBRE s.r.o. (Russell Swain), Jones Lang LaSalle, s.r.o. (Jan Zibura)

For the security agent: Legal services: DLA Piper Prague LLP (Jakub Adam, Petr Koblovský)

Notarial services: JUDr. Helena Divi ová (Martin Divi )

About CTP [https://www.ctp.eu/company/about-us/]

CTP is a full-service, commercial real estate developer and manager, specialising in the delivery and management of custom-built, high-tech business parks for leading international and domestic companies making strategic investments in its new or expanded operations. CTP is the owner of the CTPark Network, the largest integrated system of premium business parks in Central and Eastern Europe, with over 5.0 million sqm of A-Class properties at more than 90 strategic locations in eight countries.

CONTACT: Katerina Wheeler, CTP Public Relations representative, katerina.wheeler@prlounge.cz, +420 724639112

Website: https://www.ctp.eu/

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