SECTOR EXPERTISE Commercial Property Sector Absa | Corporate and Investment Banking > Sector Expertise > Commercial Property Sector Your finance partner in Africa Developing and investing in commercial and residential property requires a specialist focus, honed expertise and the right financial partners. TOTAL DEAL VALUE R23 bn DEALS DONE 25 TOTAL CLIENTS 120 THOUGHTS FROM OUR LEADERS Thoughts from our leaders Commercial Property is, and will remain, a bulwark of investment opportunities and the foundation for economic growth across sectors and regions. While the most prominent segment of the investment-grade African property market was showing signs of strain before the global pandemic hit, a broader bankable property market was growing significantly. In the case of key markets such as Kenya, this was the result of astute property activity and risk-taking. We have seen the office sector come under pressure due to an increase in vacancy rates, coupled with diminishing business confidence – and a long-term trend towards remote working, accelerated by Covid-19 – will further compound these issues. The pandemic has also placed unprecedented strain on the retail sector as a whole. However, in contrast to the office and retail arenas, industrial property appears to be largely in sync in terms of the supply and demand balance at a macro level. There may also be an uptick in this arena as manufacturers and distributors consider the long-term implications of the pandemic in relation to diversifying supply chains and increasing capacity, which is likely to result in increased demand for factories and warehousing. At Absa CIB we remain committed to supporting our clients in identifying investment opportunities during the pandemic and beyond. Our team of multi-disciplinary experts continually assess markets and monitor risks, advising clients using a data-driven approach to identify real supply-demand imbalances that present opportunities. We work closely with our clients to tailor the ideal funding structure for their commercial property and development needs – from expanding infrastructure to acquiring or replacing assets and financing projects. Klaus-Dieter Kaempfer Head Commercial Property Finance, Absa CIB Recent Publications Key driver for economic growth and employment creation in Africa Jul 06, 2020 Growth and commercial success in the agricultural sector May 30, 2020 https://cib.absa.africa/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/file_example_MP3_700KB.mp3 Latest Insights Unique perspectives on factors impacting the African Agriculture value chain Agriculture Insights Farmers, Ferraris and harvesting good investments in Africa Farmers might not be driving Ferraris… yet, but there’s no doubt that Agriculture is a continental bright spot. Agriculture Insights Absa extends plans to grow its lending book in African markets Agricultural markets across the continent present opportunities for growth. Agriculture Insights COVID-19 has further reinforced the importance of Africa’s agriculture sector There’s a spotlight on agriculture as the coronavirus pandemic highlights critical sectors that support the continent’s ability to be self-sustainable. Agriculture Insights Infrastructure constraints in the business of African farming Roux Wildenboer addresses physical infrastructure’s impact on the Agri sector and the challenges it presents Agriculture Insights Crop spraying drones are taking Africa into greener pastures Absa's Roux Wildenboer explores the role technology can play in evolving the Agri sector. Agriculture Insights Agricultural sector to power up with renewable energy to fight food insecurity Roux Wildenboer addresses how Absa is supporting renewable energy projects in the Agri sector. Agriculture Insights Absa aims to become the secondary Agri-sector market leader Absa’s success in the secondary Agri-sector promotes businesses throughout the value chain. 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