Prudential Goes on a Shopping Spree in Germany

Prudential Real Estate Investors and QInvest scoop up a 16-property retail portfolio in Germany.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Craig Cowie of QInvest
Craig Cowie of QInvest

Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI), the real estate investment management and advisory arm of Prudential Financial Inc. of Newark, N.J., has recently added to its Germany portfolio with the acquisition of 16 multi-tenant retail assets.

Through a newly formed joint venture with QInvest, a leading Qatar investment bank, PREI acquired a portfolio totaling 140,000 square meters (1.5 million square feet) of retail space across 75 units, mostly located in western Germany. PREI, which operates as Pramerica Real Estate Investors in markets outside of the Americas, Korea and Japan, will serve as portfolio and asset manager of the 16 assets, which are all anchored by major grocery and home improvement retail outlets. Terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed.

“The acquisition provides investors with access to long-term income returns through strong underlying leases with major German retailers in proven, diversified, regional markets,” said Sebastiano Ferrante, head of PREI Germany.

Craig Cowie, head of real estate at QInvest added, “the transaction provides us with higher-yielding exposure with value add upside secured by defensive assets in one of the more robust EU economies. We intend offering equity to our shareholders and clients as part of our ongoing initiative to offer value-add returns to all stakeholders.”

With this latest acquisition, Prudential now manages more than €700 million ($746 million) worth of retail assets in Germany on behalf of its investors.

Photo courtesy of QInvest