“We are pleased to confirm our continued cooperation and deepened relationships with our core banking partners in concluding this milestone syndicated loan transaction. This deal secures our financing in the Czech Republic for the mid-term and will help us significantly in achieving our next goal of growing to 10 million square metres”, stated Remon Vos, CTP Group CEO.
The transaction consolidates 40 existing loan agreements into one syndicated loan. “The new loan structure significantly simplifies our previous financing arrangements, making us fitter for the future We can streamline loan administration and processing and benefit from secure funding of our industrial portfolio over the mid-term, in addition to development financing for the next 18 months”, commented Zdeněk Raus, CTP CFO for the Czech Republic.
CTP is a full-service, commercial real estate developer and manager, specialising in the delivery and management of custom-built, high-tech business parks for leading international and domestic companies making strategic investments in its new or expanded operations. CTP is the owner of the CTPark Network, the largest integrated system of premium business parks in Central and Eastern Europe, with over 5 million sqm of A-Class properties in more than 90 strategic locations in eight countries. (source: CTP)
“The transaction volume of €1.9 billion makes the deal the largest ever real estate transaction in Central and Eastern Europe, not only the Czech Republic. All stakeholders—especially our tenants—benefit from the stable and secure funding resulting from this transaction, allowing them to focus on their core business and for CTP to continue to provide market-leading services. The strong long-term relationships we have with our banks proven by this deal provide the basis for further cooperation with respect to our CEE portfolio, which now stands at over 5 million sq m” stated Richard Wilkinson, Group CFO.
“This deal sets a new benchmark for real estate financing in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of size and complexity. It underscores the leading position of Central Erste Group in the Central Europe region and Česká spořitelna in the Czech Republic. This was a deal that continues our excellent and our long-term relationship with CTP”, stated Patrick Zehetmayr, Head of Real Estate Financing at Erste Group.
“We are very pleased to have been able to support CTP in this historic deal that once again shows our ability to assist our clients with ground-breaking financial structures,” released Matteo Pietropoli, Head of CEE Financing at UniCredit and Slavomir Beňa, Head of CIB in the Czech Republic and Slovakia at UniCredit in a joint statement.
“This deal proves again the commitment of Société Générale to the Central Europe region and Komerční Banka to the Czech Republic and underlines the ability of our group to support innovative and creative solutions meeting our clients’ needs. The size and complexity of this deal provided unique challenges, which we are proud to have solved. This deal sets a new standard for financing in Central and Eastern Europe and we are very happy to have supported CTP”, stated Jean-Pierre Cherbit, from Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking and David Formánek member of the board of Komerční banka.
The legal side of the transaction was led on behalf of CTP by M&A and transactional lawyer, Květa Vojtová, with support from the local CTP banking and corporate team.
Mandated Lead Arrangers:
Erste Group Bank AG and Česká spořitelna, a.s.,
Société Générale S.A. and Komerční banka, a.s.,
UniCredit S.p.A. and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.
Komerční banka, a.s. (Radim Exner, Ladislav Malina)
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (Georg Wobbe)
Legal services: Clifford Chance Prague LLP (Miloš Felgr, Marian Husár)
Financial advisors: Eastdil Secured (Per Mario Floden, Donal Dunne)
For the underwriting banks:
Legal services: White & Case s.r.o., advokátní kancelář (Jan Linda, Václav Kubr)
Tax/financial advisors: KPMG Česká Republika s.r.o. (Petr Toman, Pavel Falout)
Technical advisors: Arcadis Czech Republic s.r.o. (Jan Podzimek, Jan Jurčíček)
Valuation: CBRE s.r.o. (Russell Swain), Jones Lang LaSalle, s.r.o. (Jan Zibura)
For the security agent:
Legal services: DLA Piper Prague LLP (Jakub Adam, Petr Koblovský)
JUDr. Helena Divišová (Martin Diviš)