LaSalle’s Encore+ Fund diversifies portfolio with purchase of two Munich hotel properties
MUNICH (January 20, 2020) — LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, has advised its pan-European fund Encore+ on the acquisition of two hotel properties in Munich from Commerz Real.
The site is located in the economically vibrant north of Munich, within one of the fastest-developing micro locations in the city, with several commercial and residential developments, including the planned Knorr-Bremse area development. The site comprises both an Ibis budget and Adagio access hotel with a total of 322 rooms, c.10,000m² of rental space and direct public transport links with the metro to Munich city centre.
Munich is a leading business destination in Western Europe, the third largest German city with 1.54 million inhabitants and the fastest-growing city in Germany. It is also one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe, having received 8.2 million visitors in 2018.
The acquisition is the first hotel investment for Encore+, following its strategy to further diversify the fund by acquiring alternative assets, notably leased hotels in the strongest Western European cities. The Munich hotel market is a national leader in terms of Average Room Rates, Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) and adherence to LaSalle’s proprietary “DTU+E” criteria assessing assets’ long-term resilience to changes in demographics, technology, urbanisation and the environment. It follows the Fund’s prior acquisitions in Munich of Westend Yards in March 2019 and the ElseBella portfolio of two office properties in December 2018.
David Ironside, Fund Manager of Encore+, LaSalle Investment Management, said: “We are delighted to have made this acquisition. Munich is a leading European business and tourist hub. The site has excellent public transport and an outstanding track record. Munich has higher occupancy rates than the average German budget market and is growing rapidly. Our investment adds both diversity and exposure to Munich’s hotel market, offering returns to complement the portfolio.”
Andreas Wesner, Head of Investment for Germany at LaSalle Investment Management, said: “This is our first move into the alternatives market, and an important acquisition for Encore+. The assets have a particularly resilient track record in a hotel market benefiting from strong tailwinds, where the key performance metrics already surpass the national average. We’re very pleased to have been able to complete this acquisition on behalf of our investors.”
LaSalle worked on the transaction with Greenberg Traurig (Legal & Tax), Arcadis (Technical), Knight Frank (Valuation) and Colliers International (Buy-Side Advice). The seller was advised by CBRE and Taylor Wessing (Legal & Tax).
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