Despite the turbulent economic situation, the banks are readily lending money to the commercial real estate segment, with warehouses being their top choice. The industrial investor Accolade is one of the most willingly financed warehouse portfolio holders in Poland. The company benefits from over€500 million in bank loans, 40 percent of which have been acquired since February 2020. At the same time, in the Czech Republic, the company has signed a loan agreement with a club of banks for €137.5 million. It is heralded as the largest ever loan provided for a single industrial rental property in the CEE region.
For several years, the CEE region has been dealing with a rapidly changing economic situation, caused firstly by the covid pandemic, and now by the war in Ukraine. Although one might think that the demand for warehouses would slow down, quite the opposite happened. The demand remains huge, and the market has shown that it has strong foundations and constantly develops, taking an increasingly important role in the overall economy. As a result, the warehouses have become a core financing product for the banks and the most willingly financed segment in the real estate sector. The industrial investor Accolade, owning a network of 47-BREEAM certified parks in Europe is one of the top beneficiaries of these financing products in Poland.
“Thanks to the high quality of our portfolio and our long-term focus, Accolade can secure satisfying financing conditions from the banks that share our view on the importance of environmental awareness and appreciate the attractiveness and stability of the warehouse segment. The financial institutions value our ESG approach and the high standards confirmed by BREEAM certificates. On top of that, we take great care to carry out business and communication with our partners honestly and transparently. We think this is also important to our financial associates,” says Michał Białas, Country Head of Accolade in Poland.
The total amount of bank loans provided to Accolade concerning the financing of the Polish portfolio exceeds €500 million. The Banks financing Accolade include. Bank Pekao, mBank, Santander Bank Polska, BNP PARIBAS and Alior Bank. Over €200 million of long-term re-financing for its existing portfolio was provided by Aareal Bank. In terms of exposure toward single lenders, Aareal Bank A.G. and Bank Pekao S.A. remain the biggest financing providers of Accolade Group in Poland, with 40 percent and 30 percent stakes respectively.
“Owing to the trust placed in us by banking institutions, we can grow our portfolio and create high-quality space for modern business. We appreciate equally all our financial partners, who understand our business and offer us the highest standard of service and flexibility. Taking into account the scale of our investments in Poland, a high credit limit and a quick, uncomplicated path from applying to the pay-out is for us crucial. We are grateful to our financing partners for this fair judgement and for sharing our outlook,” says Michał Białas.
Looking from the bank’s perspective, the cooperation with the warehouse market looks promising as well. “Accolade is one of the key Pekao’s counterparties in the Warehouse market. We have been cooperating with Accolade since 2016 and borrowed the Group already €250 million. Accolade projects combine great location, diversified tenant mix and the highest ESG standards including environmental certificates. Together with the experience of the Accolade team, it creates a great opportunity for banks to finance their projects. We hope we will have the privilege to cooperate with Accolade also on their future project,” says Łukasz Białecki, Head of Real Estate Financing in Bank Pekao.
“We are delighted to engage with a professional partner like Accolade once again. Cooperation is the key to a mutually rewarding relationship with our clients. The expertise of Accolades in an attractive asset class, with strong demand by tenants, makes the portfolio very attractive for investors. Another aspect of the resilience of the portfolio is the geographical spread, which gave us the chance to support Accolade with our cross-border expertise,” says Hubert Manturzyk, General Manager of Aareal Bank.
“The situation on the market looks similar in the Czech Republic, where Accolade has recently signed a record loan agreement worth €137 million with three major banks to finance the construction of the most advanced distribution centre. It is the largest ever loan provided for a single industrial rental property in the CEE region. This industrial facility, which is being built on the brownfield site of a former sugar factory, will be leased by a global e-commerce leader, who will bring up to two thousand jobs to the region as a result. We thank our partner banks for their confidence in Accolade’s activities in particular and the future of the industrial real estate market in general. We are extremely happy about that,” says Milan Kratina, CEO of Accolade.