Cording Real Estate Group and BNP Paribas REIM Germany sell Media Tower in Düsseldorf

03 February 2020

Cording Real Estate and BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Germany recently sold the Media Tower property located at Düsseldorf Medienhafen to special fund CONREN Land. The 18-storey high-rise was originally purchased in 2016 for the Real Value Fund, which BNP Paribas REIM Germany co-manages together with the Cording Real Estate Group. The fund’s manage-to-core approach proved particularly effective in tapping the potential of the property. After purchasing the high-rise, the fund repositioned it on the market and was able to reduce the office vacancy rate by over 50 per cent. The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

“Based on the IRR method we generated a yield of roughly 18% with this investment over the course of a four-year holding period. This is an excellent example of the potential to be found in the current market environment by taking an active management approach with a competent fund management team”, explains Claus Thomas, CEO of BNP Paribas REIM Germany. “That is why in the current low-interest environment institutional investors are showing considerable interest in value-add assets with potential to be repositioned as core investments. In light of this we have also decided to increase our equity capital target for the fund to €250 million. We are currently negotiating the purchase of a new property to reinvest the capital made available by the recent sale. Further acquisitions are planned”.

The Real Value Fund is a German special real estate fund structured for institutional investors, which was launched by BNP Paribas REIM in 2015. The fund invests in commercial properties in Germany with value-add potential. Currently the fund holds four properties and manages the capital commitments of five institutional investors including two insurance companies, two pension funds and one savings bank. Fund performance in the previous fiscal year calculated according to the BVI method came to 13 per cent with an average 7.7 per cent per year since the fund was issued. These calculations do not yet include the sale of the Düsseldorf Media Tower for significantly above the most recently determined market value.

The Media Tower is a 64-meter high-rise encompassing about 9,000 sqm across 18 storeys. Roughly 400 sqm are dedicated to restaurant use on the ground floor with 7,600 sqm of office space on the upper floors. The building also houses about 800 sqm of archive space. The building’s occupants have access to 115 parking spaces located at the neighbouring property. The asset features a flexible layout that can be adjusted to meet specific tenant requirements.

Dentons (legal), BNP Paribas Real Estate (broker) and Arkadis (technology) acted as advisors to the seller.