Prologis Expands Urban Infill Portfolio in Seven European Countries
- €1.585 billion acquisition on behalf of Prologis European Logistics Fund (PELF) of 128 buildings and six developments in urban and gateway locations
- Adds an additional 1.14 million square metres of city limits logistics space
- Properties in seven countries: Italy, Netherlands, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland
Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, announced today that it has acquired a diverse portfolio of 128 logistics facilities and six new developments from leading last-mile operator Crossbay, adding a total of 1.14 million square metres of urban space to its European portfolio. The €1.585 billion transaction, on behalf of Prologis European Logistics Fund (PELF), is in line with the fund’s investment strategy of increasing its urban infill real estate portfolio, which will be approximately 54 percent post-acquisition.
“This acquisition underscores our ongoing ability to provide our customers with quality urban logistics locations and opportunities beyond the real estate near highly populated areas that serve their growth needs,” says Ben Bannatyne, president, Prologis Europe. “With the ongoing growth of ecommerce, locations near dense population centres are becoming increasing important to our customers.”
Key Infill Locations
These properties - located in the key European markets and population centres – will allow Prologis to support their customers’ needs. The acquired properties are in:
- Italy (Rome and Milan)
- Netherlands (Amsterdam and Rotterdam)
- Spain (Madrid and Barcelona)
- Germany (Nuremberg and Berlin)
- France (Paris)
- Belgium (Brussels)
- Poland (Lodz)
“This acquisition further drives our growth in Germany,” said Björn Thiemann, senior vice president, country manager, Prologis Germany. “With the urban spaces in Nuremberg and Berlin, we enable our customers to be closer to the end consumer. I am particularly excited about the space in Berlin, as we have only recently entered the Berlin logistics market and are expanding our presence there.”
Close to major city centres, about 85% of these new properties can service areas with a population of more than one million in approximately 30 minutes. The facilities are 95% occupied and expands Prologis’ customer base with more than 100 new customers.
“To have achieved the sale at the values agreed, despite the increasingly challenging macro-economic circumstances, is a reflection of the portfolio's quality and enables us to crystallise strong returns for our investors,” says Marcus Meijer, CEO of MARK, the €10bn pan-European investment manager behind Crossbay.
Clifford Chance and JLL advised Prologis in this transaction. MARK was advised by Jones Day, CBRE and Eastdil.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of June 30, 2022, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 1.0 billion square feet (95 million square meters) in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern logistics facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,800 customers principally across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfilment.
Crossbay is Europe’s largest urban logistics platform focusing on single-tenant distribution centres near the continent’s gateway cities.
Launched by leading real estate investment manager MARK, Crossbay allows investors and occupiers to benefit from the structural shifts driving the growth of e-commerce while keeping today’s on-demand economy running seamlessly.