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AFI Europe signs 300 mln euro deal for NEPI Rockcastle's Romanian office portfolio

AFI Europe signs 300 mln euro deal for NEPI Rockcastle's Romanian office portfolio Aviatorilor 8 office building NEPI, simulation Author (NEPI) License: all rights reserved.

BUCHAREST (Romania), December 16 (SeeNews) - Dutch-registered real estate developer AFI Europe said on Monday it has signed an over 300 million euro ($335.3 million) deal for the Romanian office property portfolio of NEPI Rockcastle.

The deal concerns four big office projects comprising eight buildings with a total gross lettable area of 118,500 sq m, located in Bucharest and Timisoara, AFI Europe said in a statement.

Floreasca Business Park, The Lakeview, Aviatorilor 8 are located in Bucharest, while Timisoara City Business Center is located on Timisoara.

"The acquisition of the NEPI office portfolio in Romania represents a strategic expansion of our business model. Over the last 10 years, we have organically developed major projects in Romania, and now we are also expanding our portfolio through acquisitions which generate revenue and help strengthen our position on the Romanian market," Doron Klein, AFI Europe CEO in Romania and the Czech Republic, said.

AFI Europe N.V and NEPI Rockcastle, a property investment and development group incorporated in the Isle of Man, signed a non-binding letter of intent regarding the deal in July.

AFI Europe, a subsidiary of AFI Properties, is a real estate development, management and investment companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe since 1997. AFI Europe operates in Romania since 2005. 

In July, AFI Europe Romania has signed a pre-contract with Plaza Centers to buy a 75% stake in the Casa Radio project in Bucharest for 60 million euro.

NEPI Rockcastle, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam, is focused on acquiring, developing and managing retail assets in Central and Eastern Europe. Its property portfolio is focused in Romania, Poland and Slovakia. The group has strong presence in Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Lithuania.

($= 0.8945 euro)