Roebuck Acquires Logistics Platform in Zaragoza for €78 Million

8 November 2019 – The property management firm Roebuck has acquired a logistics facility in Zaragoza, previously owned by the Pikolin group, for 78 million euros. The latter firm, a Spanish mattress manufacturer, will continue leasing the site, in a sale and leaseback operation. The facility, located in the Plataforma Logística de Zaragoza, has a useful area of ​​92,723 m2 on a 225,000-m2 plot of land.

The platform includes 11 production facilities (including a polyurethane foam factory), two storage warehouses, 2,500 m2 of workshops and 10,000m2 of offices. The facility is the largest and most modern in Europe for the production of mattresses.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

LaSalle Investment Acquires Logistics Centre in Zaragoza for €20 Million

21 October 2019 – The pan-European real estate fund LaSalle Investment has acquired a logistics centre leased to Dia for more than 20 million euros from an undisclosed seller. The logistics centre, located in Zaragoza, has 31,000 m2 of surface area and was built in 2016. The supermarket chain will remain at the site.

The acquisition is not LaSalle Investment’s first foray into Spain’s logistics sector. In July, the firm acquired Metro Properties, a real estate subsidiary of Metro, consisting of a portfolio of six properties leased to Makro in Spain for 73 million euros.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investment in “Last Mile” Logistics Platforms Takes Off  

14 October 2019 The boom in e-commerce is sparking a revolution in the logistics markets as industry players seek to increase the speed of deliveries. The ability to deliver goods quickly in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona is leading firms to acquire logistics platforms that are located close to city centres. Market watchers refer to the “last mile” – the final delivery of goods to the customer’s home. Thus, the industrial estates that surround Madrid and Barcelona are slowing being repurposed as logistics platforms. The most sought-after are less than 10 kilometres from the most central neighbourhoods.

In an example of the tendency, the Spanish real estate group Allegra recently finalised the sale of a logistics park in the Marconi industrial estate, to the south of Madrid in Villaverde. The logistics platform consists of two warehouses measuring 9,798 and 7,676 square meters, respectively. The US-fund Hines, one of the four most important real estate management companies in the world, acquired the asset for 22 million euros. It was Hines first investment in the logistics sector in Spain.

According to data from the real estate consultancy JLL, though the price of logistics assets in Barcelona are currently higher than in Madrid, €7/m2 on average, compared to €5.5 in the capital, Madrid is seen to have major potential. The allocation of such platforms soared from 185,000 square meters in the third quarter of 2018 to 290,000 m2 this year, an increase of 48%. JLL also estimates that developers are working on another half a million square meters of platforms in Madrid, compared to 182,000 square meters in Catalonia.

Original Story: ABC – Adrián Delgado

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Two Plots of Land Sold in the Parc Sagunt Business Park

9 October 2019 – The logistics firm Lannutti España SL has acquired a 13,699-square-meter plot of land in Valencia’s Parc Sagunt for 1.38 million. The Italian group will develop a new logistics hub next to the Port of Sagunt, just north of Valencia, where it has an important client.

At the same time, the Valencian company Taberseo SA also acquired a 11,712-m2 plot of land in the same industrial park for €1.2 million. Taberseo distributes home, kitchen and table products and works with such clients as Alcampo, Carrefour, Makro and Dinosol.

Original Story: Levante – José Luis García

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Hines Invests in Two Last-Mile Logistics Assets in Villaverde

8 October 2019 Hines, the world’s fourth-largest real estate fund by volume of assets under management, has finalised its first acquisition in the logistics sector in Spain, as the growth of e-commerce continues to roil the market.

The US fund has acquired two last-mile logistics assets in Villaverde, on the outskirts of Madrid, from Allegra. Allegra hired Knight Frank to lead the sale of a portfolio consisting of two warehouses in Villaverde and a plot of land in San Fernando de Henares. Hines paid 20 million euros.

Both warehouses have a 10-year leasing contract with the logistics operator Ontime. The two units have a surface area of ​​9,798 and 7,676 square meters, respectively.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde / Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

GreenOak Sells €1.3 Billion Portfolio of Logistics Assets to Patrizia

8 October 2019 GreenOak announced that it was close to finalising a deal to sell a pan-European portfolio of logistics assets to Patrizia, the German real estate investment giant. The German group is in exclusive negotiations with the US fund to acquire the portfolio for roughly €1.3 billion. The two firms expect to finalise the transaction before the end of the current fiscal year.

The portfolio consists of 1.5 million square meters of logistics assets, which the US firm acquired over the last three years for its second pan European logistics fund.

At the same time, GreenOak is acquiring assets for its third fund. In April, the US fund acquired 40,000 square meters of logistics space in the town of Seseña from Pavasal.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

France’s Corum Fund Acquires Warehouse from Wala in Sale & Leaseback Deal

3 October 2019 – The French real estate investment fund Corum has acquired a 5,890-m2 commercial warehouse from the Wala sporting goods distribution chain. The sale and leaseback operation comes with an implicit return of around 6%.

The warehouse, where Wala has been operating since 2011,  is located at the southern end of Tarragona, around the Francolí and Entrevías industrial estates.

Original Story: Eje Prime – M. C. P.

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Amazon Selling off Logistics Centres throughout Europe

17 September 2019 Amazon has begun a process whereby it is selling off its logistics assets in Europe in a series of sale & leaseback operations. Last month, the e-commerce giant sold three platforms in Barcelona, ​​London and Paris for about 400 million euros to the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), Korea’s sovereign fund.

The firm sold the logistics centres at Avonmouth (Bristol, servicing London), Brétigny-sur-Orge (Paris) and El Prat (Barcelona), one of the most important in southern Europe. The operation would have closed last August.

At the same time, Goodman Real Estate is in the process of selling the logistics platform it is in the process of building for Amazon nearby Seville. Goodman, which is negotiating with M&G, expects to raise approximately to €200 million with the sale.

Original Story: El Español

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner