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MAXIMA Completes EUR 46.6 Million Sale Leaseback of Supermarket Portfolio in Lithuania

PR Inside - June 18, 2008

Re&Solution has acted as a sole advisor of the largest retail chain of food products and manufactured goods in the Baltic States MAXIMA in EUR 46.6 million supermarket portfolio sale and leaseback transaction

The Norwegian investment banking company VERDISPAR, representing its investors through the company VERDISPAR Retail Properties II, has acquired a 26,500 sq. m (285,300 sq. ft.) real estate portfolio from MAXIMA. Verdispar paid LTL 161 million (EUR 46.6 million) for nine supermarkets (MAXIMA X and MAXIMA XX) situated in the largest cities of Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Alytus and Siauliai, as well as in Ukmerge and Plunge. MAXIMA will continue to do business in these supermarkets as the chain has signed long-term leaseback contracts with VERDISPAR. The transaction will be formally completed after it is approved by the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania.

Mr. Ricardas Cepas, Re&Solution partner said: 'time to buy commercial property in our countries is particularly attractive now. Increased costs of borrowing and significantly tightened credit policy have induced developers to start considering alternative financing opportunities, for example, forward funding or disposing of currently possessed assets. Moreover, quality of investment products has improved substantially compared to for example 2006/2007. The largest shopping centre developers and retail chains have started sales of their assets. The biggest shopping centre, one of the largest logistic hubs is on sale presently; the strongest retail chains consider JV and sale and lease back opportunities; the strongest developers search for development and financial partners. MAXIMA sale and leaseback transaction is an obvious proof of quality of available opportunities, thus we expect that the deal will encourage institutional investors to explore the region and investigate the best investment possibilities ever'.

The transaction was partly financed by SEB and Nordea banks. Sphere: Related Content

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