Union Investment buys logistics portfolio in Germany from GARBE

Union Investment buys logistics portfolio in Germany from GARBE

Union Investment has acquired logistics properties, the Rocket portfolio, in Germany from GARBE Industrial Real Estate. The logistics portfolio consists of six development projects (scheduled for completion in 2021) and two existing buildings. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The logistics properties are located in Achim, Rendsburg, Cloppenburg, Emden, Meßkirch, Kaiserslautern, Echzell and Frankenberg. The purchases are being made for two new logistics special funds launched jointly by Union Investment and GARBE Industrial Real Estate.

Union Investment and GARBE will share investment management responsibility for the two pan-European funds, while GARBE will handle asset management and property management.

“The two funds provide a compelling answer to our institutional clients’ investment needs. We are delighted to have successfully completed this portfolio deal, which offers our investors the prospect of sustained long-term returns,” said Bernhard Kraus, a member of the management team at Frankfurt-based Union Investment Institutional GmbH.

Christopher Garbe, managing director of GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to expand our pan-European collaboration with Union Investment through the sale of this portfolio.”

The transfer of rights and obligations (closing) has now taken place for six of the eight properties. For the two properties in Cloppenburg and Frankenberg, closing is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Rocket portfolio is distributed throughout Germany and split across six federal states. Offering a total of 218,144 sq m of space, the properties are fully let to a leading US online retailer on leases ranging from 8.5 to 20 years. The specific locations were chosen to help ensure a better, faster and more reliable delivery service in the respective regions. Seven of the eight properties are cross-dock facilities which are required for last mile delivery. They are located either close to major conurbations or in regions that are not currently regarded as logistics hotspots but which are important for reaching potential customers. All locations are very well connected to the surrounding infrastructure. The property in Achim near Bremen will be used as an e-fulfilment centre.

At the beginning of 2020, Union Investment acquired the Logistrial portfolio from GARBE Industrial Real Estate, comprising 13 existing properties and 6 development projects. Totalling some 580,000 sq m of space, this portfolio is likewise fully let.

“The acquisition of the Rocket portfolio marks another major step towards increasing the proportion of logistics properties in our holdings,” said Stephan Riechers, head of Investment Management Logistics & Light Industrial at Union Investment. The Union Investment logistics portfolio currently comprises 61 properties with a total value of around EUR 2.7 billion. The medium-term plan is to grow that figure to over EUR 5 billion. “We have 12 European national markets in our sights for future acquisitions. In addition to Germany, they include the Netherlands, France and Poland,” said Stephan Riechers.