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CTP now operates more than 6 mln sqm of industrial area

The gross lettable area of industrial locations operated by CTP has passed 6 million sqm, with the countryʼs portfolio in Hungary set to 500,000 sqm this year, thanks to a planned expansion of 61,000 sqm, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

CTP says that it is now the largest industrial property developer in the CEE region, arguing that the growth has continued due to long term trends of increasing e-commerce and supply chain relocations, supported by the COVID-19 crisis.

"With the completion of our latest warehouse in ctPark Bucharest, CTPʼs portfolio now exceeds 6 million sqm. Romania is contributing significantly to the Groupʼs growth, with a 25 % growth in our portfolio," said Ana Dumitrache, the CTP head of Romania. 

The developer wants to reach 10 million sqm of floor space by 2023 and has plans for dramatically increasing expansion, both in its current markets and into new markets. In Hungary, the company aims to reach 1 million square meters during this period. Earlier this month, CTP issued a debut EUR 650 million green bond, attracting a significant level of interest from investors. The bonds were several times oversubscribed, with investor demand peaking at more than EUR 2 billion. CTP’s inaugural green bonds became the largest debut issuance of a real estate company in the CEE region.

In Hungary, CTP will hand over 61,000 square meters of new buildings this year, through which the local portfolio will exceed 500,000 sqm, and by 2021, the planned deliveries may exceed 100,000 sqm, the press release notes.

In the Budapest agglomeration, ctPark Budapest West is still the largest industrial park, with almost 230,000 sqm of leasable area and additional tens of thousands of sqm for expansion.

CTP eyes expansion into new markets

"The finance generated by the bond issue is earmarked for CTP expansion in existing markets," said CTP founder and owner Remon Vos. CTP is currently seeing demand fuelled by COVID-induced changes to the way companies do business. Interest in new lettable space comes mostly from tenants in the e-commerce sector, in which warehouses of individual online shops are moving closer to customers. Vos sees great opportunities in Romania, where the company is now experiencing a period of rapid growth.

"This year, we closed 85% of new business with existing clients that have broadened their activities in their current markets or expanded into new markets in the CEE region. We expect similar organic growth to continue, but we will also consider completely new strategic acquisitions if an opportunity arises in line with our portfolio," noted Vos about CTP’s future plans.