With a portfolio of 6.3 million m² and 740 thousand m² under construction at year end 2020, CTP solidified its position as the largest logistics property owner and developer based on GLA in the Czech Republic, Romania and Serbia while announcing new devel-opments in Austria, Poland and Bulgaria.
“From a business perspective, one of the best years in CTP‘s history,” comments Remon Vos, CEO of CTP. “Despite the global pandemic we have grown our business significantly. With 2020 in the books, CTP now has 22 years of uninterrupted, profitable organic growth. Our portfolio is set to markedly exceed 7 million m² by the end of 2021 and CTP is well on track to reach 10 million m² of total lettable area by the end of 2023.”
Strong results of CTP in 2020 were driven by several factors, including the continued strong growth of e-commerce, which saw further growth as a result of the Covid19 pandemic and drove up the demand for the logistics space in the region. With a substantial landbank across several CEE countries, with a total development potential of approximately 5.4 million m² of gross lettable area, CTP is ready to meet the future demand of its tenants. Over 65% of CTP’s landbank is adjacent to existing parks providing lower risk, profitable development opportunities for CTP in the years to come. Importantly, and congruent with CTP‘s long-term strategy, 82% of the landbank is around the CEE capitals or major cities.
As of year end 2020, 740 thousand m2 of developments was under construction to be finished during 2021. Of this, 63% was already pre-let to existing and new clients. Also, a total of €235million will be spent on capital expenditure to complete these developments during 2021. CTP’s available funding per year end 2020 consists of a mix of committed bank facilities plus a large cash position and is well in excess of the amount needed to complete these developments.
“Over 80% of our new business is concluded with the existing base of over 700 tenants. We now enjoy a WAULT of 6.0 years on our contracted leases. We constantly grow our land-bank to make sure we are ready to satisfy the need of our clients to expand, whether within the CTPark location where they currently lease or in new regions,“ explains Richard Wilkinson, CFO and deputy CEO of CTP. "Wherever clients expand, they benefit from our network’s scale allowing them to grow their business in the locations that best suit their needs, knowing they have a long-term partner for expansion in CTP“.
In 2020, CTP has grown its market share in the five key markets of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romanian and Serbia, cementing its leadership position as the largest property developer and owner of logistics‘ assets in the CEE region in terms of GLA.
CTP has recently announced two strategic deals.
• One transaction is a strategic partnership signed with local developer MDC² in Poland, where CTP aims to build and own a portflio of full-service high quality business parks totalling at least 1.75 million m²of GLA until the end of 2025. Construction of the first three projects is expected to start in Q1 2021 in the Warsaw and Katowice areas with a total investment volume of approximately €200 million in 2021. Partnering with this team of seasoned local professionals will help CTP rapidly build a strong footprint in CEE’s largest logistics market.
• The other strategic transaction is in Austria, where CTP has acquired land in several locations around Vienna, with first construction activities scheduled to start this year.
In addition to using its retained profits to fund growth, further expansion of CTP will also be financed through green bonds. CTP’s first two bonds were issued in October and November 2020 respectively, raising in total over €1 billion. These largest green bond issuances for a CEE logistics property developer in history met significant interest among investors and have been trading well since then. “The performance of our CTP green bonds has been impressive - we now see our 2025 bonds trading at a yield of circa 0.8%, compared to our cost of debt on our existing bank loans of 2.1%,” comments Jan-Evert Post, Head of Funding & Investor Relations at CTP.“