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Meridia III Buys a Logistics Platform in Madrid for €15M+

5 December 2018 - Eje Prime

Meridia III has added another asset to its logistics portfolio. Meridia Capital’s Socimi has acquired an industrial platform in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) for €15.25 million, according to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

The warehouse has a surface area of 26,400 m2 and is located on the Corredor de Henares axis, the place that accounts for the largest volume of logistics stock in the whole of Spain.

The Socimi, which debuted on the stock market at the end of 2017, has financed the operation using a €10.3 million loan with a term of seven years, according to a statement filed by the company with the stock market regulator. Moreover, with this acquisition, the logistics portfolio of Meridia III now spans almost 100,000 m2.

In recent months, the company has also been undertaking some significant investments in the Spanish office market, such as its purchase in March of a building in the financial district of Madrid for €26.5 million. That property, which has a surface area of 7,500 m2, is located at number 4 Calle Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, close to Paseo de la Castellana. Moreover, in Barcelona, the Catalan manager leased its new building in the 22@ district to the international consultancy firm Everis.

On the other hand, according to the company’s latest accounts, Meridia III recorded a loss of €522,124 to June, which means that said indicator had decreased by 76% with respect to the first half of 2017. In addition, the company recorded revenues of €8 million during the first six months of the year, whereby doubling its turnover in comparison with the same period a year earlier.

Moreover, the company completed a €14.2 million capital increase at the end of November. The company’s new shares are going to be issued for a nominal value of €13 million plus an issue premium of €1.2 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
Blackstone, Lar, Crown...the Appeal of the Port Feeds Valencia's Logistics Boom

18 November 2018 - El Confidencial

The growth of cargo traffic at the Port of Valencia and its role as a maritime port of entry for the 'hinterland' that runs from the central area of the Mediterranean to Madrid and its metropolitan area, are feeding a boom in logistics operations in the area around the capital of the Community of Valencia. Large funds and multinationals such as Blackstone and the US manufacturer of metal containers for the agro-food sector, Crown Holdings, have pounced on the chance to occupy spaces in well-communicated areas, either to develop projects for third parties or to set up shop themselves ahead of forecast growth in operations towards clients located in the area.

The latest operation has been finalised very recently with the acquisition by Grupo Lar of a plot measuring 40,000 m2 for the construction of a warehouse measuring 25,000 m2 in Quart de Poblet, next to the access point to Valencia along the A-3 motorway, which connects the city with Madrid.

That ring road and the industrial estates located either side have been experiencing important movements for several quarters. Business sites such as those in Loriguilla and Riba-Roja are on the verge of saturation and are still welcoming new projects, such as the logistics platform that MRW inaugurated in July on the El Oliveral site. That same month, Blackstone acquired Lar España’s logistics portfolio for €120 million, which included land for development in Cheste (also on the A-3 axis) and a warehouse in the Juan Carlos I Park in Almussafes, where the Ford factory and an important proportion of its auxiliary industries are located. The speculative bet of the US investment bank is seeking to take advantage of the shortage of land dedicated to storage and transport management operations that is starting to be seen in Valencia.

Last year saw record leasing figures, with more than 220,000 m2 of space leased, up by 69% with respect to the previous year, according to a report compiled about the logistics market in the city by CBRE, one of the most active consultancy firms in this real estate segment in Valencia and its metropolitan area. The increase in leasing in Valencia is running in parallel to the market in Madrid, which rose by 100%, and despite a notable decrease in Barcelona, which saw a sharp drop in the volume of surface area leased (…).

CBRE has identified three major areas for logistics operations. The first is the town centre and the first storage arc focused on serving the city and its surroundings. The second arc is very closely related with companies linked to the port activity. That is where the Riba-roja, Loriguilla and Cheste industrial estates are located, on the motorway that connects Valencia with Madrid. Then, there are the new logistics developments that are being built in the north in Parc Sagunt (…).

The potential demand is high, estimated at 1.7 million m2 across the three rings, according to estimates from CBRE. But the lack of available plots in prime areas is endangering the “major opportunities in the business”. The returns on those well-located plots are the highest (6.75%) of any of the main European centres, above those in Madrid and Barcelona (5.85%). “There is a general need for new at risk developments”, said the consultancy firm rather than for “turnkey” projects, which the local property developers have been focusing on until now.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Víctor Romero)

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
Inbisa Sells a Logistics Platform in Guadalajara for €13M

3 December 2018 - Press Release

INBISA Inmobiliaria, a leading property developer at the national level, has closed the sale of a logistics platform located in Cabanillas del Campo (Guadalajara) to an investor managed by the Real Estate & Private Markets division of UBS for more than €13 million, as part of its plan to renew its logistics portfolio.

With a surface area of 20,390 m2, the asset is characterised by its flexibility and versatility since its structure is divisible into 8 modules measuring 2,420 m2 per floor and 137 m2 on the mezzanine floor.

The building whose sale has been advised by the real estate consultancy CBRE is dedicated to the storage and distribution of goods (…).

The plot, located in the SI-21 sector of Cabanillas del Campo, spans 30,800 m2 on which the construction division of Grupo Inbisa built the warehouse and obtained the first occupancy licence in April 2009 (…).

The logistics centre has served as the operational headquarters of several leading companies in the sector including the giant Luís Simões, as well as of FM Logistics Iberia, which will continue with its lease contract following the sale (…).

Original story: Press Release

Translation: Carmel Drake