Performance of REDSIDE funds in August 2023

Monthly reporting of REDSIDE funds for the period 8/2023

NOVA Real Estate

In August 2023, the NOVA Real Estate Fund's appreciation reached 0.26%, and the year-to-date performance is 2.64%.

As at 00:00 on 28 July 2023, the issuance and redemption of investment shares issued by the Company to the Sub-Fund was suspended to protect the rights and legally protected interests of the Company's shareholders. The period for which the issuance and redemption of Investment Shares is suspended is 6 months, i.e. until 28 January 2024. The suspension also applies to Investment Shares for which the issuance or redemption has been requested before 28 July 2023 and which have not yet been redeemed.

Investment activity in the commercial real estate market continues to experience a slowdown. In the second quarter of 2023, transactions worth €278 million were completed, a year-on-year decline of 43%. The market is driven by demand from domestic investors, who account for 79% of the total volume. At the end of June 2023, 7.3% (i.e. 279,600 sqm) of office space was vacant in Prague, representing the lowest vacancy rate recorded since Q4 2020.

As of the end of August, there is no change in the vacancy of the portfolio, which remains 99.5% leased, of which Retail is 99.8% leased, offices are 97.1% leased and the industrial hall in Trencin is full.

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NOVA Green Energy

The valuation of Sub-Fund 2 in August 2023 was 0.38% and for 2023 it reached 4.04% YTD. 

In August, work continued on the development of several PV plants mainly in the Czech and Slovak Republics. For investment in these PV plants we are considering investment subsidy support from a subsidy programme of the Ministry of Environment and Science or the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The remaining applications for connection of the plants to the distribution network are being submitted, discussions are currently underway with tenants on the purchase or sale of electricity at the site of the PV plant production/installation, and the first applications for building permits are being submitted.

In May 2023, an austerity package was introduced by the government with the aim of saving government expenditure, among other things in the subsidies provided, including support for RES. However, to date, no concrete solution has been presented by the government and therefore the potential financial impact on Czech assets cannot be assessed now.

However, analyses and some information from the government have been published which suggest that subsidies are unlikely to be cut. In September, the replacement of the inverters of the other two Slovak PV plants should start, with the replacement taking place in a similar way to the one already carried out in May/June this year. The replacement will therefore take place during operation with only minimal downtime and should therefore not have a negative impact on production. At the same time, the efficiency of these PV plants should increase significantly in the coming years. The valuation of Sub-Fund 2 in August 2023 was 0.38% and for 2023 it reached 4.04% YTD.

In accordance with the current statute of Sub-Fund 1 effective as of 1 September 2023, the frequency of announcement of the value of the investment share has changed, whereby the values will be announced semiannually as of 30 June and 31 December, in view of the liquidation of Sub-Fund 1. At the end of the month, it was also decided to transfer the business shares related to the Hungarian Csabrendek PV plant to Sub-Fund 2, with the transaction to be completed during September.

We are also working intensively on the remaining two main asset groups of Sub-Fund 1, namely biomass thermal power plants in Slovakia. In view of the economically unprofitable operation of the biomass power plants, where the costs of generating electricity from biomass significantly exceed the proceeds from its sale, production was stopped in the first quarter of the year and preparations are underway to enter bankruptcy and subsequently sell this resource in Krnč. In the TeHo matter, we are assessing published reports regarding the enforcement of lien rights by the Natland group, which has taken over JT Bank's position.

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