CBRE GI buys logistics property portfolio in Italy

CBRE GI buys logistics portfolio in Italy

CBRE Global Investors has acquired, on behalf of its Logistics Venture Fund, a circa 120,000 sq m logistics property portfolio in Italy. The portfolio was acquired off-market from Techbau.

The logistics property portfolio in Italy includes a 40,000 sq m Grade A logistics warehouse and 194,000 sq m of land for an 80,000 sq m speculative development.

The Grade A warehouse is located in Turate (Como), North of Milan. The logistics single-dock asset is let for nine years to a well-known Italian retailer. Located close to the intersection between A9 (Milan-Como-Switzerland) and the new A36, it benefits from excellent connectivity within Italy and cross-border transportation.

The 194,000 sq m plot of land currently being developed for the 80,000 sq m logistics cross dock is located in Castrezzato, east of Milan. Benefitting from good transport links that serve the east part of the Lombardy Region (Milan, Brescia and Bergamo) as well as Venice and Verona, the distribution warehouse is expected to be delivered in Q3 2020.

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The logistics property sector in Italy has a number of positive indicators such as low vacancy rates (below 3 per cent), high takes-ups and low yields (a record low yield was achieved in 2019 at 4.5 per cent). These factors, as well as the fundamentals of both assets in terms of location, scarcity of ready-to-go plots and a turnkey deal, make this portfolio an attractive buy for the Fund’s investors.