Akis REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust)

Location:

Turkey

Project number:

49903

Business sector:

Property and tourism

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

28 Mar 2018

Status:

Complete

PSD disclosed:

23 Apr 2018

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

EBRD participated in the accelerated book building ("ABB") of AKIS GYO Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakligi A.S. ("AKIS REIT" or "the Company"), a real estate investment trust part of Akkok Holding ("the Group"), Turkey. The Bank equity investment amounted to Turkish Lira equivalent of USD 25 million of the Company's secondary treasury shares.

The proceeds of the ABB will be used to help finance the Company's development pipeline and improve its balance sheet by reducing the outstanding loans. The proceeds of EBRD investment will finance the capex of Beykoz project, a residential development targeting LEED Silver or above energy efficiency certification (the "Project").

 

Project Objectives

The Project will support the growth of the Company by providing financing specifically to residential development project in Beykoz and reducing the bank debt leverage.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 61

The expected transition impact of the Project will stem from its contribution to the Inclusive and Green qualities, namely supporting the Company to (i) train up to 100 people whose skills will be certified formally through testing in a Vocational Testing Center and (ii) help the Company to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification for the largest residential project from its development portfolio.

Client Information

AKIS GAYRIMENKUL YATIRIM ORTAKLIGI AS

AKIS REIT is one of the leading companies in Turkey in terms of quality of its real estate developments and asset management, high corporate governance principals and business ethics, ambitious targets in sustainability of its projects. The Company's current commercial portfolio includes two major shopping malls (Akasya Shopping Mall and Akbati Shopping Mall) with gross leasable area of 145k m2 , high street retail real estates and residential assets.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 7,300,128.75

Total Project Cost

USD 43,588,833.38

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorized B (ESP 2014). The environmental and social issues associated with the equity investment in the real estate investment trust are site specific and can be addressed through standard mitigation measures. Environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) of the Company's operations, carried out by ESD, demonstrated that the Company operates its property investment and operation in compliance with relevant national law. At the group level, the Group is a member of the UN Global Compact (GC) and applies all ten UN GC principles for its activities.  Again at the Group level, the Group has been providing satisfactory annual environmental and social reports for the preceding projects with the Bank.  The Group's HR policy including an employee grievance mechanism, which is in line with PR2, is applied for the trust fund with 26 employees.

The ESDD was based on reviews of the completed corporate questionnaire and property specific questionnaire, documents and other information supplied by the client (Sustainability Reports 2013-2016 and Akis REIT portfolio presentation). The ESDD showed that the Company's activities are carried out in compliance with national legislation related to environmental permitting, and there were no significant environmental issues associated with their current operations.  There were no biodiversity, cultural heritage and resettlement issues associated with the client. Two of the Company's existing retail properties, shopping centres Akasya and Akbati are BREEAM certified "Good" and "Excellent", respectively. The Company will commit to attain, at least, LEED "Silver" for the largest residential project in its development pipeline, Beykoz.

The Company asserted that national construction and fire safety regulations are applied during development of their assets. No incidents resulting from fire accidents were reported in the last three years. The Company uses third parties (contractors) for the provision of construction and maintenance services. The ESDD specifically on the investment trust (the Company), however, identified that it needs robust supply chain and contractor management related to labour practices for this project to satisfy EBRD PRs. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed for the project and will be agreed with the client to be incorporated into the legal agreement. The ESAP will address overarching E &S risk management, contractor management in relation to their construction and maintenance labour and OHS issues and environmental, labour and OHS legal compliance requirements in the bidding and contractor documents, life and fire safety in the client's properties, grievance mechanism and stakeholder engagement. The Company is required to ensure that all the operations under the investment trust comply with EBRD PRs.  The Bank will monitor the project's environmental and social performance by reviewing the annual reports as well as monitoring visits.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Technical Corporation might be provided under Inclusion Assistance Framework to support the Company to development of training programme & its materials and supervision of pilot implementation of the training programme.

Company Contact Information

I. Goksin Durusoy
goksin@akisgyo.com
+90 212 393 01 00
+90 212 393 01 02
www.akisgyo.com
Acibadem Mah. Çeçen sok. No:25 Akasya AVM 34660

Implementation summary

The Project is an equity investment to Akii Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakliii A.i. ("Akis" or the "Company") to purchase Akis' secondary treasury shares, which were sold through the accelerated book building ("ABB"). The proceeds of the ABB was envisaged to be used: to (i) help finance its development pipeline and  (ii) to improve its balance sheet by reducing the outstanding debt. The transition impact of the project is expected to come from Inclusive and Green qualities, namely (i) training people whose skills will be certified formally through testing in a Vocational Testing Centre  (Inclusive quality) and (ii) achieving a minimum LEED Silver certification for the largest residential project (Beykoz).

Since 2019, the EBRD has been working closely with Akis in providing structured professional development programmes for its mid- and high-level staff including facility directors and managers. With the support of the EBRD, Akis extended its professional development trainings to entry-level staff (receptionists, concierge, cleaning staff, parking attendant, security and others) in 2019. The programme contributed to the Company's efforts to upgrade the skills of all of its employees as well as its service providers' young staff in customer contact and service disciplines. The training program was designed and conducted with the motto of "You are one of us" for the development of the Company's subcontractor employees. As of December 2020, within the scope of "You are one of us i You are the Power" training programme the Company provided trainings to 972 employees to upgrade the skills of entry-level staff of the Akasya, Akbati and Akyasam Malls as well as the service providers' young staff in customer contact and service disciplines. The training programme has been awarded with the second prize in the category "Best Training and Development Programme" by TEGEP Learning and Development Association.

With regards to the Green quality, the Beykoz residential project (large residential development) that is at the core of this quality objectives has been waiting for zoning plans and construction permits. Therefore, the achievement of the related transition impact objectives remains delayed.

PSD last updated

08 Dec 2021

Understanding Transition

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IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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