LaSalle E-REGI Fund acquires logistics and wholesale asset in Heppenheim
MUNICH (August 08, 2019) — LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, has acquired a logistics and a wholesale property located in Heppenheim, Germany, for its LaSalle E-REGI fund. LaSalle has bought the assets from three private vendors.
The assets comprise a motorway logistics property and a retail property, both of which are fully let to prestigious international tenants. The former, a state-of-the-art new-build distribution facility acquired from GbR Biskupek-Scheinert-Klotz, has a rental area of over 18,000m2 and is leased exclusively to Henry Schein, the global medical product distributor. The latteris a wholesale property with over 5,000m2 rental area that was purpose-built for MetroGastro, its sole tenant and a subsidiary of Cash & Carry operator Metro group.
Located in Heppenheim, south of Frankfurt, the two assets sit between two metropolitan regions - Frankfurt/Rhine-Main and Rhine-Neckar – with a combined population of over 8 million. The properties benefit from strong transport links, including Europe’s leading freight airport in Frankfurt, less than a half-hour’s drive away; the nearby Mannheim-Handelshafen container terminal, Europe’s second largest inland port with rail and river connections to European business and transportation centres; and the major A5 and A67 highways.
Uwe Rempis, Fund Manager at LaSalle Investment Management, said: “With the long-term growth of e-commerce continuing to drive an increase in demand for well-located logistics assets, we have been seeking opportunities to further increase the LaSalle E-REGI fund’s allocation to the logistics sector. These assets are modern and attractively situated, fitting our criteria and offering further sectoral diversification to our investors. We are pleased to have acquired two properties that offer stable long-term rental income secured against high-quality tenants in market-leading positions.”
The LaSalle E-REGI fund is an open-ended pan-European real estate fund that aims to generate stable income return from a diversified core portfolio (office, retail, logistics) in transparent markets. The investment strategy is based on a quantitative model, the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI), which has been developed by LaSalle since 1999 and identifies the cities and regions across Europe that have the greatest economic growth potential over the short to medium term. The Fund also includes additional screening filters such as JLL`s Global Real Estate Transparency Index and minimum market size.
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