Awards and ratings
Innovation prize for First Store by Alexa
Union Investment and Sonae Sierra have received the European Innovation Award for Retail 2018 from the German Council of Shopping Centers for the First Store by Alexa competition – a “casting show” for retailers. According to the jury, the winners “have been able to position themselves in the start-up and newcomer scene as innovation partners in the retail space through this competition, thereby gaining a competitive advantage.”
Double winner at Scope Awards 2018
On 23 November 2017, Scope Analysis and business newspaper Handelsblatt presented the Scope Alternative Investment Awards 2018 at Humboldt Carré on Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt square. Union Investment was recognised in the real estate sector in the categories Retail Real Estate Germany and Retail Real Estate Global. The prizes went to the company’s open-ended real estate funds UniImmo: Deutschland and UniImmo: Global, which are targeted at private Investors.
Marketing award for First Store by Alexa
At Expo Real 2017, the First Store by Alexa competition staged by Union Investment and Sonae Sierra received the 2017 Real Estate Marketing Award from Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HfWU). The jury praised the competition’s objective of “providing innovative business ideas with premium space for their first shop.” The winner receives retail space in the Alexa shopping centre on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz rent-free for half a year.
LAGO voted Germany’s best shopping centre
For the fourth time since 2012, LAGO in Konstanz has been voted best shopping centre in Germany. That was the result of a tenant survey carried out by market research institute ecostra for the Shopping Center Performance Report Deutschland 2017, which involved polling some 100 retail chains. The report is compiled in collaboration with textile industry trade journal Textilwirtschaft and real estate magazine Immobilien Zeitung.
Deal of the Decade Award for Pegasus
Trade journal PropertyEU recognised Union Investment with the Deal of the Decade Award for the best portfolio deal of the past ten years. The Pegasus portfolio comprised 54 properties and was sold in 2007 for EUR 2.56 billion to Morgan Stanley and IVG Immobilien. Pegasus remains one of the largest portfolio transactions ever carried out in Germany. In explaining its decision, the jury stated that the deal was “an example of perfect timing and good organisation of a complex transaction.”
Union Investment Real Estate remains Europe's strongest investor brand
In the latest brand rankings compiled by the EUREB Institute, Union Investment Real Estate is number one among fund providers and investors. Both in Germany and Europe, Union Investment is the investor with the highest brand value. In the Real Estate Brand Study 2018, Union Investment scored particularly highly on transaction reliability, active portfolio management and the quality of its lettings management. The company’s digitization competence was also highlighted.
Current Scope rating: Union Investment and its funds continue to impress
Scope has recognised Union Investment's excellent asset management quality by awarding its real estate business the highest possible rating, AAA (AMR) (as at June 2018). It therefore maintains its excellent rating of the previous two years, with key factors in the assessment being a consistently strong international presence, an efficient process-based approach and success in growing its business with institutional investors as a strategic target group.
Union Investment's open-ended real estate funds for private and institutional investors once again achieved gratifying results in this year's industry rating by Scope Analysis (as at June 2017).