NEWS & POSTS

SEECAP CONSULTING AT DUBAI EXPO 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 logo

Dubai Expo 2020 is one of the most significant business events during 2021. 191 exhibitors from many countries have already registered for this event. We will be a part of the Serbian commercial delegation under the Serbian Chamber of Commerce umbrella and organisation. Our plan is to stay in Dubai from 29th October to 29th November 2021. At Dubai Expo 2020 we will present investment potentials and opportunities of our clients and potential clients worth tens of millions of Euros. During the month of November we will provide our professional services from Dubai for which we are making adequate preparations.

If you have projects in real estate, hospitality (hotels, spas and other tourist facilities) or manufacturing where you are looking for investors, please contact us to see opportunities for cooperation and presentation of your projects to investors during our stay in Dubai.

AGRICULTURAL LAND IN SERBIA - PRICES AND TRENDS

Farmland price increase in Serbia

Farmland prices are on the up in Serbia and globally. Globally, agricultural land has long received the status of an alternative asset class. According to the Serbian Land Registry reports, (RGA), the price of agricultural land in Serbia is growing at an annual rate of 6-10%. In some parts of the country, the price per hectare has exceeded €30.000.
The price of agricultural land will continue to grow in the foreseeable future for reasons you will find out from our analysis of the farmland prices in Serbia and the future price trends of this asset class.

Please consider our offer of a farming company with first class farmland!

PROPERTY PRICES IN SERBIA IN 2020
MARKET, TRENDS AND YIELDS ON INVESTMENTS IN REAL ESTATE

Construction site in Serbia

Despite Covid -19, the real estate market in Serbia in 2020 continued to grow for the fourth consecutive year since 2016. After some confusion and complete denial of the existence of Covid -19 at the end of February 2020, the Serbian Government declared a state of emergency on March 16 2020, which it relaxed at the end of May 2020. During this period, real estate transactions fell to a record low, but recovered rapidly thereafter, especially in the fourth quarter of 2020, when asset transactions reached a historically high level.

However, Covid 19 left its mark on the habits and needs of real estate buyers in Serbia, which was reflected in the upward price movements and further market segmentation. We have analysed and illustrated the market trends in numerous tables and comparative data from previous years to understand where the real estate market is moving. We provide a summary analyses and presentation of the relevant data. These data are important for both investors and buyers of residential or users/tenants of commercial real estate. In this report we focus on the real estate market in the Serbian capital city Belgrade since it is in focus of foreign property investors...

TURKISH ACIBADEM ACQUIRES 70% STAKE IN SERBIAN BEL MEDIC

The first foreign large acquisition in the Serbian private medical care sector

BelMedic and Acibadem logos combined

After 3 months of negotiations, it was announced on 30th March Turkish Acibadem Healthcare Group has acquired 70% of the Belgrade based Bel Medic. The acquisition price was not disclosed. The acquisition will be completed over the next few months upon clearance by the antitrust and other regulatory bodies. Acibadem will use its Netherland’s investment vehicle Acibadem City Clinic B.V to acquire and hold its interests in Bel Medic. The Group will operate in Serbia as Acibadem Bel Medic. It is a sign of a further Acibadem,s expansion in Eastern Europe following its acquisitions in Bulgaria where it owns 3 hospitals now and North Macedonia with 1 hospital. An acquisition in Serbia is a practical geographical step in such expansion.

EBRD €100.000.000 TOURISM CREDIT FACILITY
FOR MONTENEGRO AND CROATIA

EBRD and Erste Bank logos combined

On 17th January 2020 EBRD has announced it had provided a credit line of up to €100 million under the Inclusive Tourism Framework for the Eastern Mediterranean to Erste & Steiermarkische Bank d.d. in Croatia.

More details about this credit line and terms and conditions for its application you will find out if click on "READ MORE" button below

PROPERTY PRICES IN SERBIA IN H1 2019

New development in Belgrade

In the first half of 2019 the Serbian real estate market grew by 12,50% in value albeit the number of sale transactions fell by 2,08%. There was a significant growth of almost 120% in the value of commercial properties transactions.

You may find out more about the Serbian residential and commercial property market performance in H1 2019 if you click on "READ MORE" button below

CONGRATULATIONS TO SERBIA, CONGRATULATIONS TO MONTENEGRO!!!
FOR TOPPING No1 AND No2 PLACES ON THE FT GREENFIELD FDI PERFORMANCE INDEX 2019

FDI Performance table

Financial Times has published its study by fDi Intelligence in Greenfield Foreign Direct investments (FDI) Performance Index 2019. Serbia topped the list as No1 scoring 11,92 closely followed by Montenegro who scored 10,82. In 2018 Serbia received €3.6 billion direct foreign investments.

In the press release the FT stated:

“Serbia tops the Greenfield FDI Performance Index 2019. The south-east European country is ranked number one in the annual study by fDi Intelligence, a Financial Times data division of which fDi Magazine is also a part, which looked at inbound greenfield investment in 2018 relative to the size of each country’s economy. Serbia scores 11.92 in the index, closely followed by Montenegro (11.49) in second place and Cambodia (10.82) in third. Last year’s number one, Mozambique, falls to 12th place after receiving less than half the number of FDI projects in 2018 as it did in 2017. Serbia takes over as the index leader, up one position from the previous year.

Serbia, with a score of 11.92, is attracting almost 12 times the amount of greenfield FDI that might be expected given the size of its economy. Serbia’s index score has improved by 1.33 index points. Although the country’s GDP growth was high in 2018 (14.8%), it received 107 FDI projects – 26 more than 2017 – growing by almost one-third. Automotive components, food and tobacco, textiles and real estate are Serbia’s leading FDI sectors, and combined they accounted for more than half (54%) of total inbound FDI projects in 2018.

Montenegro, which borders Serbia to the south-west and is a new entrant to the 2019 index, ranks second. Although relatively low, the country recorded 11 FDI projects in 2018 – its peak year since fDi Markets began recording FDI data in 2003.”

No doubt this is an excellent news for further prosperity of both Serbia and Montenegro.As a consultancy, we provide assistance in inward investment in Serbia and in Montenegro in the real economy, real estate and hospitality sector.

13/08/2019

INTERVIEW BY HEALTHCARE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL
ON HEALTH SPA PRIVATISATIONS IN SERBIA

Health spa privatistion in Serbia

Healthcare Business International is an independent publisher based in London that covers healthcare services markets in Europe and across the Developing World. They aim to provide insights and comprehensive, systematic and structured coverage of healthcare systems in various countries including Serbia.

On 7th December 2018 HBI published an article about the privatisation of 10 health spa centres in Serbia under the title “Serbia prepares wholesale rehab sell off”. If you are an HBI subscriber you may read the article if you click here.

Prior to the article publication, HBI talked to our Zoran Mitic about the health spas and rehabilitation centres in Serbia. As a financial consultancy with expertise in health spa privatisation and finance, we are pleased to have been able to provide our input to HBI.

12/12/2018

PRIVATE HEALTHCARE IN SERBIA:
IN THE MODE FOR GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION

Clinical Center Nis

What is the state of the healthcare system in Serbia today? What the Serbian citizens can expect from the public healthcare system? In what situation is the private healthcare system and how it will develop in the future? What is the public and private spending for healthcare in Serbia?

Answers to some of the above issues you may find in our article “Private healthcare in Serbia: In the mode for growth and consolidation” if you click on the „READ MORE…“ button bellow...

SEECAP PUBLISHED ON EKAPIJA PORTAL ON 15/11/2018

eKapija logo

The leading business portal in Serbia in its regular daily journal on 15th November 2018 published a shorter version of our article “Phases and documentation in financing a hotel development project” under the title “What one should know before deciding to invest in a hotel development”. The published article (in Serbian) can be read here.

The readable statistics of the day shows that the article has been read 1,384 times, which classifies it as one of the most read news piece on that day. The full version of the article (in Serbian) you may read here.

PROPERTY PRICES IN SERBIA IN H1 2018

New development in Belgrade

The current 2018 has been the best year for property developers and investors in Serbia since the financial crisis of 2008. In the first half of 2018 the property market grew by value and by number of transactions. Although there is a record number of new developments, the prices of residential properties increased by 7,7% y-o-y on the national level. The investors and developers also poured money in office developments, shopping centres and logistic and industrial properties. The healthy demand keeps the yields from commercial properties on high level, one of the highest in Europe outside Russia.

The cause of such healthy property market are the fall in the unemployment rate and the GDP growth. More details about the property market in H1 2018 are packed in tables and charts you will find in our information “H1 2018 property prices in Serbia” if you click on the „READ MORE…“ button bellow.

OVERVIEW OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN SERBIA, APRIL 2018

Overview of the property market in Serbia

Balkan Architectural Biennial –BAB is a cross border platform for cooperation between architects and real estate designers in South East Europe. At the 44th International Construction Fair SEEBBE held in Belgrade, Serbia form 18th-21st April 2018, BAB organised a conference Arena of Investments in Architecture and Urbanism–AIA. The main topic of the conference was investments in real estate and architectural developments of modern cities.

Participants of the conference were cities, municipalities, architectural and design companies, banks, real estate developers and investors as well as individuals from different professions who take part in the development of cities and territories...

PRIVATISATION OF DESTINATION SPA CENTRES
AND HEALTH SPA FACILITIES (SANUS PER AQUAM) IN SERBIA

Girls in a spa

ISouth-East Europe as well as Serbia are very rich with mineral waters used for convalescence from various illnesses, for health enhancement and for pleasure and joy. Some of them have been used as spa centres since Roman Times. Serbia alone has over 300 registered spa centres.

Wellness is a global tourism phenomenon that grows on average 10% per annum. There is ever increasing awareness that holiday time should be active and fulfilling (full of activities and health benefits) instead of passive lying on the beach, particularly for the middle aged well-funded population with a larger than average disposable income to spend on relaxation and health enhancement...

POST FINANCIAL CRISIS REAL ESTATE FINANCE IN SERBIA

Table sales per region

The Serbian leading business portal eGate (eKapija) published a Special Edition on 26th April “Real estate-The new investment cycle” with various articles about the current state of affairs of the Serbian real estate market. We have contributed with a piece “Real estate finance in Serbia post financial crisis”. Our article is in Serbian and is focused mainly on the local readership. Subsequently, we were asked by the editor to produce the same article for an international audience.

The article provides some interesting observations about the financial aspects of the Serbian RE market, prices and yield movements throughout the financial crisis since 2008 to 2016. The reported statistical data clearly shows the prices and yields are stable now or are showing improvements. Our observation is the dynamism of the market is increasing, there are more projects and more transactions. Investors’ confidence is growing.

SERBIA AS AN INVESTMENT DESTINATION

Serbia as investment destination

In a nutshell, Serbia is an attractive investment destination for several reasons.

  1. Politics - early parliamentary elections held on 24th April 2016 resulted in the ruling Serbian Progressive Party winning absolute majority in the National Assembly commanding 131 out of 250 seats. That will continue with political stability and certainty for the period of 4 years.
  2. Credit rating - Standard and Poor’s BB- with positive outlook, Fitch BB- with stable outlook, Moody’s Ba3 with stable outlook
  3. Economic performance – The projected GDP for 2016 was 1.75%, but the GDP vent up to 2.7%. The projected GDP growth for 2017 is 3%.
  4. In 2016 retail sales in Serbia grew by 7.4% in current prices, and 7.5% in constant prices. Compared to December 2015, the sales grew by 9.0% in current prices, and 6.8% in permanent prices. In December 2016, industrial production recorded a 3.9% hike relative to the same month in 2015, while the industrial production in processing industry grew by 8.2%. Mining production recorded a 3.1% decline, while the power, gas, steam and HVAC supply also fell by 6.3%.

ACQUISITION ADVISORY PROCESS

Acquisition process

ACQUISITION STRATEGY

  • Industry analysis & market strategy
  • Privatisation strategy, regulatory and legal frameworks
  • Business review
  • Acquisition criteria

TARGET RESEARCH

  • Target identification
  • Target initial analysis
  • Selected target approach

ASSET DISPOSAL PROCESS

Asset disposal

GROOMING FOR SALE

  • Define and agree sales strategy
  • Industry specific analysis
  • Valuation of the business

INITIAL RESEARCH & SCREENING

  • Identify prospective acquirers and key decision makers
  • Prepare company profile

CAPITAL RAISING PROCESS

capital raising

DETERMINE NEED FOR CAPITAL

  • Identify and understand client objectives
  • Review business information - historic and forecast

INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

  • Produce selling document to attract interest in the opportunity