Verdion has announced the initial closing of its second value-add fund, Verdion European Logistics Fund 2, with €75 million of equity commitments.
VELF2 has a value-add strategy to reposition existing assets into future-proofed core properties in established Northern European logistics locations.
Verdion’s first fund VELF1 reached final close in 2020, having raised €158 million. VELF1 is now fully invested and, together with debt, has deployed €310 million on the acquisition and enhancement of eleven logistics assets across Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Recent highlights include:
- Commencing speculative development at Verdion PremierPark Ludwigsfelde, a €100 million urban logistics park 35 minutes from Central Berlin, with completion planned during 2024.
- Completion of a newly-built €35 million logistics asset in Nettetal, Germany, adjacent to Venlo and the Dutch border, which was fully leased to Advanced Supply Chain (ASC) prior to practical completion in July 2023 – becoming the UK-based e-commerce supply chain specialist’s first warehouse in Europe.
- The fund’s first asset, a logistics centre in Prague let to UPS, was sold in November 2022 attracting considerable buyer interest and delivering exceptional returns for investors.
Simon Walter, Executive Director – Investment Management, at Verdion, said: “With the continued supply-demand imbalance in key European logistics markets, we are seeing strong interest for this strategy from investors. VELF2 will build on the success of our first fund, in leveraging the expertise of Verdion’s vertically-integrated, in-market teams to identify a range of existing properties that we can reposition into high quality logistics assets with excellent ESG credentials.”
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