Alides strengthens its management
Ghent, 12 January 2023 – Ambitious Alides grows and strengthens its management
In the past few years, the Ghent-based property developer and investor Alides has grown into one of Belgium’s largest non-listed real estate companies. The company has adopted a hybrid strategy based on which it operates in the residential property and office development markets as both an investor and developer. Alides retains an investment portfolio of premium-location office buildings, representing a total value of more than 650 million euros which provides the company with recurring rental income. In addition, Alides has development projects in the pipeline in both Belgium and Poland that are expected to generate a revenue of more than 900 million euros. Alides focuses on Real Estate Upcycling, in which end-of-lifecycle buildings at strategic locations in urban areas are purchased to redevelop these projects into high-quality and sustainable properties.
Artist’s impression of the Montoyer 34 project, designed by Office KGDVS & LD2
Strong track record leads to new opportunities
Thanks to its hybrid growth strategy, Alides was able to boast a strong track record in the past few years. A number of recent milestone transactions served as an important incentive for further growth. The real estate company’s most prominent projects included the sale, following a thorough renovation, of the Kennedy Building in Luxembourg and the lease of the brand-new Copernicus Building on Rue de la Loi in Brussels to the European Commission. Alides achieved a gross operating profit of 39 million euros in 2021. This financial performance was expressed in the strong, organic growth of the company’s investment and development portfolios while retaining a low debt ratio. As a result, Alides’ balance sheet was able to rise to approximately 725 million euros in recent years.
In line with its Real Estate Upcycling strategy, Alides was able to complete various new purchases in 2022. The company recently acquired the IT Tower on Brussels’ Avenue Louise (with Cityforward and Whitewood), the Gulledelle 100 Site in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, and the Gerling House, located on Avenue de Tervueren (a mere stone’s throw from the former Tienen Sugar Factory which was purchased by Alides in the previous year). Currently, Alides is engaged in preparations for the redevelopment of the Montoyer 34 and Commerce 44 Buildings in Brussels’ European District, the Nautea Site at the edge of the Brussels city centre (with ION), the development of offices in Antwerp’s Berchem Mariahof, and the Rinkkaai residential project near the Ghent railway station (with Cores). In addition, the company is currently in the advanced stages of the development of numerous projects, such as LUX in Ghent and Elysia Park in Edegem. It is also working on the redevelopment of the Joseph II Building in Brussels. Alides’ prospects include the development of 2,600 residential units and approximately 100,000 m² of office space located all across Belgium and Poland.
An aerial view of the Imperial Shipyard in Gdańsk, a project realised in collaboration with Re-Vive
Professionalisation with strong profiles
Further professionalisation and the strengthening of the company's structure will be necessary to achieve its outspoken ambition and growth strategy. At the management level, Trui Tydgat was recruited as Head of Development. She will be taking over from Sven De Bondt, who has in turn been appointed as Alides’ Chief Operational Officer as a member of the Executive Committee, starting on 1 January 2023. The Executive Committee, chaired by Rikkert Leeman (CEO), is composed of Henk Cardon (CFO) and Thomas Osselaer (CLO). The Alides team is currently composed of 50 real estate professionals, each with his or her area of expertise. In Poland, Luiza Grunwald has been appointed as Project Director at Alides Polska and Jadwiga Koscinska as Project Director for the Imperial Shipyards project in Gdańsk (with Revive).
Founded by the Maes family in 1892, Alides has been a permanent fixture on the real estate market for generations thanks to its hybrid profile as both an investor and a property developer. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and innovation, Alides is able to achieve its expansion strategy at strong urban locations in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Poland. Alides intends to further consolidate and strengthen its position as a leading real estate developer with its many years of expertise in the field of office development and residential real estate.
Thanks to its long-term vision, customer-oriented approach, and tailored solutions, Alides intends to fulfil its mission to serve its customers as ‘your partner in real estate’, both now and in the future. Today, Alides has a real estate portfolio with an estimated value of over 650 million euros and a development pipeline representing a prospective revenue of over 900 million euros.
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