EKAZENT becomes the EKAZENT Group under umbrella of INVESTER

Vienna, 14. November 2017

Restructuring of EKAZENT: consolidation of the real estate portfolio and launch of the new brand presence takes place in time for the international retail fair MAPIC in Cannes.

Vienna, 14 November 2017 – Following the brand takeover at the beginning of this year, the Austrian INVESTER Group is taking the next step in the further development and repositioning of the traditional EKAZENT brand: with immediate effect, all retail properties of the INVESTER Group with a total of 29 locations will be consolidated under the umbrella of the EKAZENT Group GmbH. Thomas Seikmann, Norbert Pfundner and Günter Populorum have been appointed as managing directors. All three have extensive expertise in retail business and have more than twenty years of experience in centre management and leasing management, as well as many years’ experience in commercial management of renowned retail companies.

Managing Director Thomas Seikmann says on the new positioning of the EKAZENT: "For more than 50 years, the EKAZENT brand has been synonymous with the construction, development and top quality management of retail properties in Austria. The new EKAZENT Group marks the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s longstanding history. Our objective is to continue to strengthen the EKAZENT brand and to position the company in the market as an innovation-driven player.”

Norbert Pfundner, Managing Director EKAZENT Group, comments: "With the EKAZENT Group we are pooling our strengths and offering long-term centre management perspectives to owners and investors. We look forward to this new challenge and are proud to lead the traditional EKAZENT brand toward a successful future.

Since being taken over by INVESTER, the well-known Austrian retail property enterprise has been restructured and the range of services has been further expanded. The EKAZENT Group is an international provider for the implementation of centre management projects and continues to strive towards making the world of shopping a more attractive place for customers, tenants and owners alike. The company’s service portfolio includes all facets of centre management, as well as re-development and re-positioning of retail real estate.

EKAZENT Group Portfolio
As a result of the newly established EKAZENT Group, the INVESTER group has now consolidated its retail real estate portfolio comprising 29 locations. These locations include five shopping malls and the recently incorporated trophy asset „Ekazent Hietzing“, the Hansson Zentrum, the Zentrum Hernals, the B7 Stammersdorf, as well as 20 strip malls throughout Vienna. The best-known properties include the two fashion outlets Parndorf and Freeport, and the retail park in Parndorf. In total, the portfolio currently comprises some 105.000 m² of leasable space. In the medium term, the company plans to increase this to 200.000 m².

About EKAZENT Group
For more than 50 years, EKAZENT has been synonymous with the construction, development and management of retail property in Austria. The EKAZENT Group became part of the INVESTER Group in 2017 and includes a portfolio of 29 retail properties with 105.000 m² of leasable space. In addition to the traditional location Ekazent Hiezting, the Group also includes the two fashion outlets Parndorf and Freeport, the retail park in Parndorf and 25 local shopping centres in Vienna. The management team consists of Thomas Seikmann, Norbert Pfundner and Günter Populorum. Die EKAZENT Group acts as an international provider for the implementation of centre management projects, thereby offering investors all services in the areas of centre management and asset management, re-positioning and re-development.

For further information, please contact:
Marketing & Communications
Julia Nalepka, BA
Tel: +43 1 512 05 33 218
E-Mail: j.nalepka@invester.at

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Successful Expo Real 2017 for INVESTER United Benefits

Munich, 04. October 2017

From 4th to 6th October 2017 this year’s real estate exhibition Expo Real, with more than 2,000 exhibitors and in total more than 41,000 visitors, took place in Munich. This year the team of INVESTER United Benefits was represented with an own booth for the first time, which could be seen as a big step in order to strengthen the brand INVESTER.

This year’s Expo has broken all previous records. 2,003 companies, cities and regions from 35 countries exhibited at the show—13 percent more than in 2016. INVESTER United Benefits took the chance to enlarge the business network and to intense the existing business relations. The booth was highly frequented and the mood was positive throughout the whole 3 days.

For further information, please contact:
Julia Nalepka, BA
Marketing & Communications
Tel: +43 1 512 05 33 218
E-Mail: j.nalepka@invester.at

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Great success at the 1st INVESTER Night in Munich

Munich, 04. October 2017

Munich, October 4th 2017 – during the Expo Real 2017, INVESTER invited long time partners and friends to the 1st INVESTER night to the BAR MUENCHEN, a first class location in the inner district. In a relaxing atmosphere, networking was made very easy.

The highlight of the event was a raffle, organized for the charity partner Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe (child support). The incredible amount of EUR 15.160,00 has been collected, an initiative, that is especially important to the founders of INVESTER, Erwin Krause und Franz Kollitsch.

“For us it is very important to give something back. Helping and supporting the little ones and their families really means a lot to us. We are looking forward to many future initiatives that we may implement together with our charity partner, as this project is very special to us.”, Franz Kollitsch about the cooperation.

For further information, please contact:
Julia Nalepka, BA
Marketing & Communications
Tel: +43 1 512 05 33 218
E-Mail: j.nalepka@invester.at

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INVESTER United Benefits extends portfolio and strengthen the competencies in retail

Vienna, 02. October 2017

Vienna, 02 October 2017 – INVESTER United Benefits closed the transaction of the Ekazent Hietzing for the real estate managers and investors Franz Kollitsch, Erwin Krause and Johannes Kowar. The object was mediated by EHL Immobilien, one of the leading real estate providers in Austria. The EKAZENT Group GmbH will be responsible for the center management. The Ekazent Hietzing has more than 11,300 sqm of usable area, being rented by well-known tenants like Wein&Co, Radatz, Stiefelkönig, Palmers and Libro. Furthermore, the complex features a three-star hotel with 46 rooms, an underground car park with 70 parking slots, as well as office areas. The property is directly connected to the Vienna metro (U4 Hietzing) and the tram, resulting in a first class location within the historical quarter of Hietzing. In the immediate surroundings of the property are the Schloss Schönbrunn and the Lainzer Tiergarten, featuring beautiful green spaces.

The Ekazent Hietzing was built from 1961 until 1964, and extended by additional buildings in 1969. The center consists of four separate buildings. They were built by a plan of Roland Rainer.

Hietzing is one of the most exclusive residential areas in Vienna, featuring an outstanding average purchase power. Since this district has a very limited amount of retail spaces, the Ekazent Hietzing covers 37% of the retail spaces in Hietzing.

Franz Kollitsch, founding partner and speaker of INVESTER: „I am proud that we successfully managed to expand the retail portfolio managed by INVESTER. We plan to carefully refurbish the building, restoring the original shine. In addition to that, the relation between the names is not a coincidence, the center found its home.”

For further information, please contact:
Julia Nalepka, BA
Marketing & Communications
Tel: +43 1 512 05 33 218
E-Mail: j.nalepka@invester.at

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Late Night Shopping at Freeport Fashion Outlet on September 23rd, 2017: record-breaking numbers!

Kleinhaugsdorf, 23. September 2017

Late night shopping in Kleinhaugsdorf! Due to its 14th Birthday, the Freeport Fashion Outlet close to the Czech Republic boarder invited to a late night shopping. The event on Saturday, September 23rd was celebrated in an all new design and with large discounts on well-known brands. Many celebrities, such as Ana Milva Gomes, Sylvia Graf, Andreas Moravec, Carina Schwarz, Barbara Kaudelka, Philipp Knefz, Alexander Rüdiger, Dragana Stankovic and Julia Furdea have been impressed by the offers.

The Freeport Fashion Outlet celebrated its 14th Birthday with discounts of up to -80% on top brands like ADIDAS, TOM TAILOR, S.OLIVER, GEOX, GUESS, MUSTANG, GANT and MANGO, providing the visitors an incredible shopping experience. Freeport marketing manager Anna Karásková was very happy about this years sale numbers: „Also this year we could delight a lot of fashion lovers for our late night shopping party. We had an increase of visitors of about 37 percent compared to the previous year. Another success is the increase in sales of about 30 percent – a record-breaking number! Due to the increase in both visitors and sales, this years late night shopping became the most successful day in the history of the Freeport Fashion Outlet“. There have been many exciting performances as well, such as the one of the Slovakian rapper Majk Spirit, dances with light shows and magicians, which made this Birthday party to an unforgettable day.

Freeport – an all new design
The Outlets new design has been a great success. While the facade is still under construction, (completion is expected in a couple of weeks) wall coverings on the inside help improving the shopping experience. „It was nice to see that the new design appeals to the visitors taste. This helped making the day to the success it was.” - Centermanager Jan Prochazka.

Press queries Freeport Fashion Outlet
Dr. Sabine Unterweger
c/o comunicative public relations
Alserbachstraße 35/2, 1090 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 319 14 44
Mobil: +43 664 64 64 704
E-Mail: s.unterweger@comunicative.net

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New CFO at INVESTER United Benefits, Günter Populorum

Vienna, 01. September 2017

As new Chief Financing Officer (CFO), Günter Populorum completes the leadership team next to the founders Franz Kollitsch and Erwin Krause and Chief Operating Officer Michael Klement. Günter Populorum has most recently been CEO at Unicredit Leasing Austria GmbH, responsible for Leasing, Risk Management, Finance, Legal & Compliance, Human Resources, Marketing and CSIO. Prior that, he was holding positions at the Verkehrsbüro Kulinarik GmbH, Pioneer Hi-Breed Inc., Hesa Saatengrosshandlung GmbH and the Josef Haslinger GmbH.

Press queries INVESTER United Benefits
Julia Nalepka, Marketing & Communications
Email: j.nalepka@invester.at
Tel.: +43 1 / 512 05 33


Bungee Jumping at Parndorf Fashion Outlet – Brave jumps for cancer research

Parndorf, 24. August 2017

On August 24th, 2017, a bungee jumping event took place in course of the late night shopping at Parndorf Fashion Outlet, in order to support children´s cancer research. Numerous Austrian Artists and sportsmen created a screen with the theme „Art-Bungee-Jumps“ of the performance artist Tim Norden. With paint in their hands, the famous participants dared to jump, creating exclusive pop art pictures, that will be put up for auction in order to support the St. Anna children´s cancer research.

3…2…1…Bungeee! In course of this year’s late night shopping event at Parndorf Fashion Outlet on August 24th, 2017, numerous celebrities and sportsmen came together for the good purpose. Boxing world champion Eva Voraberger, synchron-diver Fabian Brandl, actress and entertainer Ulrike Kriegler, olympia champion in snowboarding Julia Dujmovits, Miss Burgenland 2017 Margot Pölz, as well as soccer player Jasmin Pfeiler and team-doctor Dr. Octavian Ilow of the female soccer national team, dared to jump 65m to the ground. Tim Norden´s screens on the ground have thereby been sprayed with paint, creating unique pieces of art.

Boxing world champion Eva Voraberger: „It was very important to me to support children´s cancer research with a bungee jump. I am very happy about the pictures created.”

Julia Dujmovits, Snowboard Olympia winner: „It was an exciting day and a successful event. All together, we created unique peaces of art and are happy to support the St. Anna children´s cancer research.”

Besides the famous jumpers, shopping lovers appreciated the charity-event as well. The pictures created will be put up for auction in September 2017. Thomas Seikmann, managing director of Parndorf Fashion Outlet showed his appreciation for the results: „We are very pleased that we had so many people coming to the event, the bungee jumping has been a great success as well. Events like this make shopping exciting! Entertainment is getting more and more important, we are doing our best to comply with this trend. Some parts are still under construction, the sectors completed have already received a positive echo. Numerous connections between the buildings are being built, the completion of the next sectors is expected in the middle of November. Furthermore, we are happy to feature the first H&M Outlet store on the European mainland. Altogether it was a great event, a great day and we are very looking forward to repeat it next year.”

Press queries Parndorf Fashion Outlet
Dr. Sabine Unterweger
c/o comunicative public relations
Alserbachstraße 35/2, 1090 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 319 14 44
Mobil: +43 664 64 64 704
E-Mail: s.unterweger@comunicative.net

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Re-Design of the Freeport Fashion Outlet

Kleinhaugsdorf, 14. August 2017

The construction phase at Freeport Fashion Outlet started in July 2017. The aim is to stand out from other centers and to increase the shopping experience and customer satisfaction. Completion is expected just on time for every year´s late night shopping on September 23rd, making the outlet shine in new glory.

In order to stand out from the concurrence and to increase the shopping experience and customer satisfaction, the construction phase at Freeport Fashion Outlet started in July 2017. Customers can be looking forward to a very open and warm atmosphere and a unique shopping experience. White wood paneling, comfortable chill-out areas, newly constructed shopping platforms and wall coverings showing the heaven outside are increasing the visitor’s pleasure. No matter if it´s raining or snowing, from autumn 2017 on, customers can enjoy a unique shopping atmosphere all year round. Completion is expected just on time for every year´s late night shopping on September 23rd. Construction will be carried out during active operation.

Eye-catching facade
The facade of the center will be newly built from the ground up. In general, the building will become bigger and more artful. The overall picture will be completed with a gate at the roundabout, an impressive passage, automatic doors and a new presentation of the brands featured. Thereby the bond between the Parndorf Fashion Outlet and the Freeport Fashion Outlet will become stronger, as well as their recognition value. The re-design guarantees a shopping experience in a unique atmosphere. Center Director Jan Prochazka is happy about the new design: „Our customers can be looking forward to architectural characteristics and new comfort zones. The theme of Viennese art nouveau fits perfectly to the brand of Freeport Fashion Outlet.”

Press Queries Freeport Fashion Outlet
Dr. Sabine Unterweger
c/o comunicative public relations
Alserbachstraße 35/2, 1090 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 319 14 44
Mobil: +43 664 64 64 704
E-Mail: s.unterweger@comunicative.net

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Austrian Investors start the construction of the biggest real estate project within the Benelux region: The Y-Towers in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 26. June 2017

Kick-off to international expansion: The founding partners of INVESTER United Benefits, Erwin Krause and Franz Kollitsch, as well as the owner of the IES Immobilien Projektentwicklung GmbH Markus Teufel invited to the groundbreaking ceremony of the mega project Y-Towers, on June 26th 2017.

The Austrian real estate developers are having a new landmark for the skyline of Amsterdam under construction. The completion of more than 106.000 m² is expected in 2020. The mega project in Amsterdam consists of a 110m hotel tower, featuring 579 4-star rooms and a 101m residential tower with more than 250 apartments, making this project the largest in the Benelux-region today. A congress- and conference center, as well as two ball rooms with a capacity of up to 4000 people will be integrated into the hotel complex. The operating company will be the Maritim Hotel Group, being one of the biggest providers of congress- and conference capacities with more than 50 years of experience. The lease contract was closed for a period of 50 years. Both of the towers will be among the biggest buildings in Amsterdam, offering an impressive view over the historical city, river and the port of Amsterdam.

The 101m residential tower features more than 250 high quality apartments on 27.000 m² of gross usable area in total. The residential tower is positioned in the highest market segment, combining modern architecture, flexible floorplans and five different apartment sizes with a range from single apartments to large and impressive penthouses. Additionally, every apartment has an own balcony or a loggia, as well as a direct connection to the spa area of the hotel.

Franz Kollitsch, founding partner and speaker of INVESTER United Benefits: „Building the Y-Towers is a milestone in the history of INVESTER United Benefits. We are becoming the biggest Austrian real estate developer and investor in the Benelux states through the realization of this project. This is the kick-off to our international expansion.“

Y-Towers: New landmark in “boomquarter” Overhoeks
The hotel and residential project is located in the center of Amsterdam, quarter Overhoeks, district Amsterdam Noord. Because of their location on the northern shore of the river IJ, right on the opposite side of the Amsterdam main station, the towers will stand out as new landmarks of the skyline. Overhoeks was previously used as an industrial quarter and is nowadays known for being one of the biggest development areas in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the EYE Film Museum and the A´dam Tower are located in the immediate neighborhood.

Hotel- and residential market in Amsterdam consistently growing
The Hotel market in Amsterdam is known for being one of the most attractive markets in Europe. The city notes more than 12 million overnight stays per year, having both, holiday tourists and business travelers. In 2015, Amsterdam was ranked 8th by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for the cities with the worlds most congresses. The residential market of Amsterdam shows a very similar behavior. The combination of a high demand and a restricted supply lead to a strong development in the last years.

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Y-Towers Amsterdam: Secured financing of EUR 180 millions

Vienna, 12. May 2017

The financing of the mega-project „Y-Towers “Amsterdam is secured. INVESTER is building a new landmark for the skyline of Amsterdam until 2020, a 110m hotel tower and a 101m residential tower, collaborating with IES Immobilien.

Furthermore, two Dutch banks, ABN Amro and FGH/Rabo, are being involved in the financing of the largest real estate project in the Benelux-states. A on the stock market of Frankfurt listed bond and equity capital complete the financing of this project to 100%.


Dealtime! Erwin Krause, Franz Kollitsch und a group of investors closed a deal about a purchase from UniCredit Bank Austria building a joint venture.

Vienna, 31. January 2017

Erwin Krause, Franz Kollitsch and a group of investors, accompanied from the INVESTER United Benefits GmbH and UBM, took over the real estate portfolio of EKAZENT, which has previously been owned by the UniCredit Bank Austria. They worked together in a 50/50 joint venture. The Portfolio conists of 65.322m² of rentable area in total. The EKAZENT group is one of the leading developers and managers of commercial properties in Austria for over 50 years. The properties purchased are local-supply-malls in densely populated quarters of Vienna.

Together with UBM, Erwin Krause, Franz Kollitsch and a group of investors took over two companies, EKAZENT Realitätenges.m.b.H. and EKAZENT Gebäudevermietung, of the previous owner UniCredit Bank Austria, building a 50/50 joint venture. The closing took place on January 31st, 2017, after the UniCredit Bank Austria started a bid process for national and international investors. All transaction details, as well as the total price are confidential. The portfolio purchased consists of 28 cash-flow making properties on 65.322m² of rentable area in total.

Franz Kollitsch, founding partner and speaker of INVESTER: „I am proud that we - besides the other recently closed transactions - successfully managed to expand the portfolio managed by INVESTER through the acquisition of the EKAZENT portfolio, especially in the retail section. The well-known and established brand of EKAZENT completes the retail business of INVESTER United Benefits next to the Fashion Outlet centers Parndorf and Kleinhaugsdorf perfectly. There is a lot of synergy-potential.“

Press queries
INVESTER United Benefits GmbH
PR Agentur LOEBELL NORDBERG
Mag. Martin Fürsatz, MA
Tel: +43 1 890 44 06 17
E-Mail: mf@loebellnordberg.com

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