Barings sells pan-European logistics portfolio to Swiss Life AM

Barings sells pan-European logistics portfolio to Swiss Life AM
Swiss Life AM buys ten logistics assets across Europe Image: Courtesy of Swiss Life AM

Barings has agreed to sell a pan-European logistics portfolio to Swiss Life Asset Managers. The parties have agreed not to disclose the sales price.

The 188,000 sqm portfolio comprises ten grade-A logistics assets strategically located in key logistics markets across Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and is fully let to a diverse range of occupiers with a WALT of 8.6 years.

Six of the ten assets in the portfolio are dedicated cold storage units. 

“Having built and benefitted from a significant overweight to the sector for this mandate in recent years we are now refining our logistics strategy and making selected sales that reflect our view of the sector’s rapid evolution as we emerge from the global pandemic. We expect to redeploy proceeds in the sector with a focus on build-to-core and urban logistics in top-tier markets,” SAİD Nick Pink, Head of Europe Real Estate Portfolio Management at Barings.

Gunther Deutsch, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Transactions – Europe and Managing Director Germany at Barings, said: “This transaction represents our first pan-European logistics portfolio sale following our strategic growth in this sector in recent years. We were one of the first investors to target cold-storage space when pricing was at a discount several years ago and these assets have experienced unprecedented growth in the intervening hold periods. This has allowed us to bring to market a cohesive, fully let portfolio for investors looking to gain exposure to this popular subsector.  We continue to see compelling logistics opportunities in our key markets of the Nordics, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain, particularly where we can leverage our network and experience to create value. In addition, we are [actively] seeking partner developers and occupiers to enhance our pipeline.”

Barings was advised by JLL (transaction), Ashurst (legal and tax) and Arcadis (technical due diligence). Savills advised the buyer.