2012-01-24 07:30Press release

Niam acquires four shopping centers in Norway

In 2010 Niam bought the shopping center manager Sektor Eiendomsutvikling AS and Linderud Center in 2011. Through this acquisition, Niam strengthens its presence in the Norwegian shopping center market.

“Based on Sektor EiendomsUtvikling and Niam’s combined competence and financial capacity, we feel confident that this will be a good investment for Niam,” says Kjell Sagstad, Senior Director and heading up Niam’s operations in Norway.

Through this disposition, Oslo Areal leaves the retail real estate industry
We want to focus on office properties in the Oslo area and have therefore chosen to dispose of the four shopping centers we had in our portfolio. We are happy to have come to an agreement with Niam and we are convinced that Niam through its asset manager will develop these centers to the benefit of both tenants and customer,” says Oslo Areal’s CEO Mona Ingebrigtsen.

Arctic Securities acted as the broker in the transaction.

The shopping centers
Strandtorget is Lillehammer’s biggest shopping center with 65 tenants including many major clothing chains, Clas Ohlson and multiple restaurants. The shopping center has a turnover of approximately one billion NOK a year.

Stadionparken is located near Hinna Park in Stavanger and has a close connection to Viking Stadion. The shopping center has more than 30 tenants with operation in various fields.

CC-Varehus and Torget Vest are both located in central Drammen. Both shopping centers have approximately 30 tenants including bigger clothing chains, niche retailers, restaurants and cafés.

Sektor Eiendomsutvikling is currently asset manager for both Strandtorget and Stadionparken while CC-Varehus and Torget Vest are being managed by Ticon AS.

For more information, please contact
Johan Bergman, CEO, Niam AB
+46 8 5175 85 95, johan.bergman@niam.se

Kjell Sagstad, Senior Director
+47 92 21 30 20, Kjell.sagstad@niam.no

For further information about Niam:
Jennifer Andersson, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development jennifer.andersson@niam.se

Niam is the leading real estate private equity firm in Northern Europe and offers financial institutions the opportunity to invest in the Nordic and Baltic property markets. Since inception in 1998, Niam has invested over €5 billion through its own funds or on behalf of its financial partners and has generated a realized gross leveraged IRR of 31%. Niam is headquartered in Stockholm with offices in Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen, a fully integrated investment team of 38 dedicated real estate professionals and an experienced senior management with over 20 years of direct real estate investment and development experience. For more information, please visit www.niam.se.

About Niam AB

Niam, founded in 1998, is a leading private equity real estate firm in Northern Europe. Our head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and we have local offices in the Nordic capital cities of Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Niam has one of the largest real estate teams specifically focused on the Nordic Region. We recognize that our core strength is our people and our success is dependent upon attracting and developing the top real estate professionals in the region. Simply stated…Niam is people. Niam strives to be the Partner of Choice for Nordic real estate. Our network encompasses strong relationships that extend over decades with leading global institutional investors, European banks, tenants, municipalities and the local community. Our top managers average over 26 years of direct real estate experience. It is this collection of knowledge that makes Niam the Partner of Choice.