The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

New Investments in the Romanian Economy

FRD Center is constantly monitoring investments and M&A activities in Romania and the other markets in CE and Eastern Europe, assisting foreign companies and investors with their Deal Origination, Target Search and Market Research. Here are a few of the most recent moves on the Romanian market:

KMG International, the former Rompetrol group, which owns the biggest oil refinery in Romania and the second-biggest fuel distribution network on the local market invests USD 6mln in the expansion of its fuel delivery systems in Romania.

Greek investor Evangelos Poulios, the co-owner of the fashion retailer BSB, will invest EUR 6mln this year in completing the residential complex Belize in Bucharest.

Romanian app producer Zitec has attracted an investment of over EUR 1.7 million from eMAG, the largest online retailer in Romania, owned by South-African investment fund Naspers.

After a strong acquisitive 2016, when they completed six acquisitions, Romanian healthcare network Regina Maria so far invests EUR 2 mln in expanding its local network in 2017.

Alesonor, the Greek real estate developer that owns the luxury housing project Amber Gardens in Otopeni, plans to invest EUR 12mln in developing the second phase of the compound and in starting two other luxury residential projects in Bucharest.

Local authorities in Ocna Mures, a town in central Romania known for its salt waters, plan to invest over EUR 8.4 mln in a spa resort with health centers, rehabilitation, beauty and leisure centers.

Monza Hospital, the largest private medical unit specialized in cardiovascular surgery and interventional cardiology in Romania, part of the Italian group “Policlinico di Monza”, will invest over EUR 2 mln in robotic surgery through the Da Vinci medical system.

Romanian investor Andrei Iusut sold the Divan restaurant network to a Turkish investment fund.

Two EU-funded major investments have been approved in cleantech and waste management in Romania - modernization of water infrastructure and sewerage systems worth EUR 54mln and the development of a integrated waste management system worth EUR 14mln.

Local investor invests EUR 5mln in Bucharest’s landmark Lido hotel refurbishment and plans Trump Hotels affiliation after reopening. A symbol of Bucharest in between the two world wars, the Lido hotel had, at the time of its opening, the only waves pool in the country.

Romanian oil & gas producer OMV Petrom will invest about EUR 60mln in a new unit converting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into gasoline.

Turkish group Arcelik, the owner of the Romanian appliance brand Arctic, will build a new plant in Romania following an investment worth EUR 200mln. The new factory will produce washing machines, dishwashers, and microwave ovens.

Biggest private international school in Romania invests EUR 2mln in new tech center. The AISB design & technology center aims to offer students a fully immersive experience by combining traditional learning with modern design processes, allowing students to explore, innovate, and experiment.

Almost 70% of the value of real estate transactions made in Romania in 2017 were carried out by investors from outside Europe, from countries such as Singapore, South Africa, or USA. The total stock of foreign direct investment in Romania reached EUR 68.5 billion at the end of 2016, based on current data, up 1.7% over 2015, as the economic growth is estimated at 4.8% in 2016.

Romania’s state forest management company Romsilva will invest EUR 9.3 mln this spring to regenerate 10,712 hectares of forests.

British-American Tobacco (BAT) will invest EUR 21mln in its Ploiesti factory, in Romania, where it will start making next generation vapor products, which are seen as the cigarettes of the future. The group has already invested EUR 250 million in the factory since its creation in 1997, reflecting Romania’s leading status as a hub for research and innovation

Three Romanian investors open EUR 4.5 mln private kindergarten in Northern Bucharest. The new kindergarten, called Karin’s Kids Academy, will officially open in September this year. It covers 10,000 sqm and has 12 classrooms, a medical center, a conference room, a dining room, a gym, and two terraces.

Romanian firm FAN Courier, the biggest courier firm on the local market, will invest EUR 8.5 mln in expanding its current warehouse north of Bucharest.

A Swiss private investor named Max Rossler will take over Romanian insurance company City Insurance. Roessler is the main stakeholder in the construction firm Implenia and has stakes in financial services companies, including some insurance firms. City Insurance is one of the top Romanian players on the mandatory car insurance (RCA) segment.

Italian utilities group Enel plans to invest EUR 329mln in its Romanian operations in the current regulatory cycle ending in 2018. The company will invest EUR 151 million in 2017 and EUR 178 million in 2018.

Romanian windows and doors producer Electric Plus, which operates under the brand Barrier, plans to invest EUR 10mln in a new production capacity this year. The company, which produces PVC windows and doors, recorded a turnover of EUR 23 million last year, up 36% year-on-year.

Solina, a leading European producer of savory ingredients for the food industry has reached an agreement to complete the acquisition of Supremia Grup - the leader in Romanian food ingredients and spices market, active in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as Scandinavia.

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