Cromwell Acquires Investor Interest in Polish Retail Fund

Cromwell announces that it has exercised its pre-emptive right to acquire a third-party investor interest in the Cromwell Polish Retail Fund (CPRF), which it has managed since acquiring the investment and asset manager from GE Capital Real Estate in 2013.

The fund contains seven catchment dominating shopping centres with a gross asset value of circa €600 million. Since taking over the management of the fund, Cromwell has completed several major asset management initiatives including several refurbishments and expansions, as well as numerous lettings including a 170,000 sqm deal with Auchan and Schiever Polska across eight long-term leases in 2015.

Gross Domestic Product in Poland has grown by 4.20% on average over the last 25 years. It has been Europe’s fastest growing economy over the past five years and has one of the highest expected growths in disposable income, consumer spending and retail sales globally.

“We have 34 professionals on the ground in the CEE, managing 21 assets with more than 660 tenant customers and over 758,000 sqm of space,” said Cromwell CEO Paul Weightman.

“We propose to rollover the acquired interests into a new fund which will be offered to capital partners and intend to initially underwrite the fund for the purposes of taking a co-investment stake. We have two months in which to conclude the acquisition and a further update will be provided in due course,” he concluded.

Cromwell continues to execute its ‘Invest to Manage’ strategy which involves investing capital to acquire assets, create new funds and sell down to capital partners.