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Owners are looking  carefully at their exposure to risk, especially in terms of covenant strength and government measures affecting rental payments  - Colliers International launches its CEE Investment Scene Q1 2020

Prague, 22 April 2020 - Residential tops the sectors in one deal cross the CEE region but, offices (27% share) have maintained their place in the order of preference, closely followed by Industrial and Logistics (26% share) in Q1 2020.

Transaction volumes were very healthy in Q1 at ca. €3.9 billion, although were supported by some deals that spilled over from 2019.   As a result, Poland and the Czech Republic accounted for ca. 86% of the total volume.


Hotels and retail are the worst hit sectors from the various lockdown measures but, both had expected strong levels of activity.

Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Research,  CEE adds: “In addition to buyers, potential sellers may also decide to hold off on marketing until there is more clarity. However, owner occupiers are quite likely to consider sale and leaseback options, if there would be a need to raise operational capital. The alternative funding option would be Government backed or alternative bank credit which may be restricted despite attractive interest rates.”

Richard Urvay, managing director, Slovakia evaluates: "Today it is still too early to predict how yields in real estate segments will be affected. However, it is already likely that warehouse and logistics properties will be least affected. On the other hand, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will have to absorb major losses.”

Market and Pricing Outlook

Many of the transactions from Q1 were already in advanced stages at the onset of the pandemic so these will not really provide the answer as this whole situation is quite unique and different to other past crises. Current owners are certainly looking very carefully at their exposure to risk, especially in terms of government measures affecting tenant rental payments and of course covenants.

It remains too early to put specific figures on any repricing due the lack of market evidence and clarity around so many contributing factors across the various sectors. It is clear that some sectors, such as retail and hospitality, are more affected than others and Q4 2019 pricing might not be appropriate today.

This is in addition to the pre-existing challenges in these sectors thanks to the growth of e-commerce and changing consumer habits. On the other hand, we do expect high demand for logistics and subsequently some upside.

In the interests of all market players, we hope that the recent hints of positivity in terms of flattening Covid-19 case curves will continue to push through, and we can all take a fresh look at things.

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Richard Urvay

Managing Director | Slovakia


International Real Estate Manager with more than 15 years of experience in the commercial property sector at top real estate companies,  delivering significant return on investment through strategic planning  and income-oriented approach across all asset types, including retail and office.  Richard is goal-driven leader able to apply superior administrative skills to achieve success across corporate firms and private equity investors.

Richard joined Colliers from the shopping centre investor and manager ECE Projektmanagement Bratislava (ECE), where he managed Bratislava’s prime retail scheme. Prior to his time with ECE, he held the position of Centre and Asset Manager for Eurovea shopping centre in Bratislava with a focus on the performance of the multifunctional scheme, including retail, office, hotel and residential. Before that, Richard worked with Colliers between 2012 and 2015, where he established and lead the Slovak Property Management Department. His previous real estate experience also includes  development, leasing and management of various types of real estate schemes.

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