LaSalle Acquires Two Grade A Facilities for China Logistics Fund
SHANGHAI (December 03, 2020) — LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, today announced the acquisition of two logistics facilities on behalf of LaSalle China Logistics Venture (“LCLV” or the “Fund”). LaSalle’s first dedicated China logistics vehicle, the Fund invests in modern logistics facilities in markets with strong fundamentals.
Purchased as a portfolio of two completed assets from an e-commerce retailer in China, the new additions add close to 139,273 square metres of modern Grade A logistics facilities to LCLV and are located in well-established logistics markets. The first is a Grade A warehouse located in Tianjin Wuqing, a satellite market of Beijing, which is 35 kilometres Beijing Daxing Airport and only 80 kilometres from Beijing city centre. It is an ideal hub for city and regional distribution in a market where high-grade properties command a premium.
The second facility newly acquired for LCLV is located in Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the largest national development zones in China and a model of successful industrial park development. It is close to the central business district of Suzhou, a hub of international trade and business, and is only 65 kilometres from Shanghai’s central business district. Future supply in the area is highly limited and demand continues to be robust.
Since closing in Q3 2020, portfolio occupancy has improved from 37% to 93%.
Together, these properties represent the eighth acquisition for LCLV. The Fund’s portfolio now spans key logistics regions in China, from prime Shanghai and Beijing markets to South China’s Greater Bay Area.
Mark Gabbay, CEO Asia Pacific of LaSalle Investment Management, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of efficient distribution. As China leads the economic recovery in Asia Pacific into 2021 and beyond, LCLV is giving investors access to potentially attractive investment opportunities via quality logistics assets in China, where warehouse tenants increasingly show a preference for Grade A facilities.”
Claire Tang, Head of Greater China at LaSalle Investment Management, said: “These well-located facilities are an excellent fit for LCLV and highlight our ability to seize opportunities to expand our portfolio through the acquisition of high-quality assets. Modern logistics facilities have been a key investment focus for LaSalle, and the market fundamentals for China logistics remain compelling.”
LaSalle has a long track record in China logistics, completing more than US$2.1 billion of transactions since 2008. It debuted LCLV in 2019, completing the first close of the Fund in April 2020 with initial capital commitments of US$681 million and a diverse mix of investors from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. LaSalle currently manages over US$4 billion of logistics investments across key markets in Asia, including China, Japan and Korea.
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