Logistics And Frieght Forwarding

The Carlyle Group acquires c. 180000 sqm logistics portfolio from Prologis

The Carlyle Group has completed the acquisition of a high-quality 180,000 m? logistics portfolio in France on behalf of investment funds that it advises, from Prologis. This acquisition marks the first stage of Carlyle’s plan to assemble a high-yielding French logistics platform where demand is driven by the exponential growth of e-commerce and rapidly evolving consumer behaviour. The portfolio is currently 80+%-occupied and comprises eight modern logistics units with an average construction date of 2003.

Over 80% of the portfolio’s value is located in Paris and Lyon and in other established regional markets. The portfolio also offers a number of value-enhancing asset management opportunities, including lease-up of the vacant space, refurbishments, lease re-gears and potential new development.

Carlyle intends to grow its presence in France as well as other Western European markets through additional investments in locations exhibiting attractive supply-demand fundamentals. Carlyle believes the French market represents an attractive investment proposition with increased take-up on the back of modest economic recovery and rapid online sales growth, and a shortage of grade A assets.

Marc-Antoine Bouyer, Managing Director Carlyle Europe Real Estate, said: ,,This acquisition represents a great opportunity to acquire a high-quality portfolio as we look to build a portfolio of European logistics assets that offers a strong income profile with potential capital value uplift.” Peter Stoll, Head of Carlyle Europe Real Estate, said: ,,Our ambition in the logistics space is one of a number of strategies that Carlyle is currently pursuing in the UK and mainland European real estate market. Our priority is to focus on sectors that are driven by demographic trends and/or structural changes to how real estate is owned and used.

This investment responds completely to this theme.”

Carlyle was advised by DLA Piper, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, PWC, and Attal & Associ?s for the transaction with CBRE[3] and Expansion Asset Management respectively providing market and asset management advice.

The acquisition has been financed through a combination of equity and debt, with HSBC providing a financing facility.

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References

  1. ^ The Carlyle Group (Go to company profile) (www.property-magazine.eu)
  2. ^ Prologis (Go to company profile) (www.property-magazine.eu)
  3. ^ CBRE (Go to company profile) (www.property-magazine.eu)



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