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Fprop CEE Snapshot
Q1 2016

GDP growth:
2015 (E): 3.6%, 2016 (F): 3.9%, 2017 (F): 3.5%.

2015 (E): -0.6%, 2016 (F): 0.8%, 2017 (F): 1.2%.


Interest rates:
1.5%, an all-time low (since Mar-2015) but the highest in Europe – reflecting high growth rate;
10 yr govt bonds at 2.9%, down from c5-6% in the years to 2012, and up from record low of c2% in Jan-2015.

EUR 1/ PLN 4.35 – relatively stable since 2012

Growth driven by strong domestic demand, supported by improving labour market;
Low oil price benefits Poland as a net importer;
Relatively low govt debt to GDP ratio of c51% (controlled by statute at 55% of GDP).
Politics – new government elected Oct-2015 (Law & Justice Party, PiS):
Election pledges to be funded by increased taxes on banks (implemented) and large retailers (proposed);
Legislation already passed weakening the independence of the judiciary and media, resulting in EU formal review under the rule of law framework -> rating downgrade by S&P from A- to BBB+.


GDP growth:
2015 (E): 3.6%, 2016 (F): 4.2%, 2017 (F): 3.7%.


2015 (E): -0.6%, 2016 (F): -0.2%, 2017 (F): 2.5%.

Interest rates:
1.75%, an all-time low (since May-2015), down from 12.5% in May-2005;
10 year govt bonds at 3.4%, up from record low of c2.6% in Feb-2015.


EUR 1/ RON 4.4 – relatively stable since 2012.


Private consumption accelerating, aided by VAT cuts from 24% to 20%, and from 24% to 9% on food sales;
Average net wages grew by c20% in 2015 but inflation is not expected to turn positive until 2017;
Low oil  price benefits Romania as a net importer;
Low government debt to GDP ratio of c40%.
Capital values:
Prime - increased in value in 2015 across all asset classes;
Secondary - remained stable. Secondary yields are still HIGH - c200-300bp higher than comparable property in UK / Western Europe.

Record take-up in 2015 broadly matched by new supply = rents largely flat / marginally weaker.

Transaction volumes:
Increased in 2015 to €4.05bn, the highest since 2006 (€4.6bn). Dominated (55%) by retail.


Capital values:
RICS anticipate “meaningful and widespread capital value growth in 2016”;
Prime yields at 7.5% for offices and retail, at 9% for industrial.

RICS expects rents to rise in 2016 for offices, edge up marginally for industrial and prime retail, but decline for secondary retail.

Transaction volumes:
Thin (2015 = c€700m).
Cost of new government’s redistributive measures may impact GDP growth in due course.

Illiquidity of commercial property market, population in decline.

Fprop Track record in CEE

…has been earning ROE >20% pa. for past several years;

…is ranked No. 1 vs IPD CEE universe for the annualised periods from the commencement of its operations in Poland in 2005 to the end of each of the years between Dec-2008 and Dec-2014.

Fprop CEE Investment Strategy & Property Requirements
Investment strategy:
Targeting higher yielding property to generate a minimum IRR & ROE of 15% p.a. (geared).

Property Requirements:
All sectors considered but focus on offices, retail and mixed-use;
Lot sizes of €5m+ with no ceiling;
Minimum 7.5%+ net initial yields - unless partially vacant, in which case lower.
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Contact Fprop:


Jeremy Barkes
Director, Business Development
+44(0)20 7340 0270

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