VGP NV, a European provider of high-quality logistics and semi-industrial real estate, recently, announced the results for half-year ended 30 June 2022.
VGP reports an increased operational yield with a net profit of EUR 153.1 million, newly signed as well as renewed leases worth EUR 35.4 million, leading to EUR 281.1 million total annualized revenues (+9.7 % YTD)1. A total of 1,346,000 m2 under construction, within 40 projects that once built and leased represent EUR 88.1 million of additional annual rent (87.4% are pre-leased areas).
In Romania, at the end of the first semester, 4 buildings were under construction on an area of 102,000 m2, in different areas of the country: VGP Park Arad, VGP Park Brașov and VGP Park Bucharest.
VGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Van Geet, said: “In the first half year we have seen robust growth with € 35 million of new or renewed lease agreements signed and supported by significant rental growth in most countries. This growth was realised despite a more prudent approach by e-commerce sector of which a number of major players have shifted their take-up focus towards 2024 and beyond.”
Jan Van Geet continued: “The unstable energy markets have not only given a significant boost to our renewable energy revenue potential, it has also served as an accelerator in our tenants’ desire to switch to renewable energy consumption. Beyond the traditional stronghold countries of Germany and the Netherlands we are now initiating solar projects in almost all regions based on direct tenant demand.”
Jan Van Geet added: “Although we have taken a more cautious approach to our land acquisitions during the first half of the year, an important side effect of these unstable energy markets is that it creates tremendous growth opportunities for us. After all, it accelerates the need for energy-inefficient industries to reinvent themselves and move to more sustainable and energy-efficient housing and operations. One of the side effects of this is that they are putting their old factories, mostly in prime locations, up for sale which consequently offers interesting brownfield redevelopment opportunities for VGP.”
Jan Van Geet concluded: “A strong capital position is important, particularly as such highly attractive brownfield opportunities start to increasingly arise. The significant cash recycling through the completed and anticipated joint venture closings enhances our balance sheet and allows us the flexibility to best serve our whilst enabling us to create significant value for all stakeholders involved.”
VGP has been present in Romania since 2007, and develops industrial parks in Bucharest, Arad, Brașov, Timișoara and Sibiu. VGP Park Bucuresti Nord is developed on a plot of approximately 250,000 m2 and will have a total leasable area of approximately 120,000 m2 divided into 4 buildings. VGP Park Arad, developed on a land of 39 ha, with a rental area of up to 200,000 m2, is strategically positioned in Arad, the most important road junction in the west of the country, part of the IV Pan-European Transport Corridor. VGP Park Brașov is developed on an area of approximately 320,000 m2 and will have a total potential of 140,000 m2 of space available for rent. VGP Park Timișoara is fully rented, with possibilities for expansion.