1 April 2020
The asset is located c. 40km north of Lodz, which constitutes Poland’s central logistics location and is within 2km of the A1 motorway. Leroy Merlin has consolidated its Polish logistics operations into the unit and has committed to occupy the building for 10 years. Panattoni reported in October 2019 that this unit was the largest single-storey build-to-suit logistics facility developed in Poland to date.
Savills IM has completed the acquisition of the c. 123,000 sq m logistics unit following the handover of the second phase of the asset to the tenant. The acquisition was structured as a forward commitment to purchase upon completion of the construction. The total purchase price for the asset is approximately EUR 71m and adds to Savills IM’s assets under management in the country, which are already in excess of EUR 1bn.
This latest acquisition brings Vestas IM’s European logistics AuM to c. EUR 1bn, of which c. EUR 470m is in partnership with Savills IM.
Savills IM were represented by Savills and Dentons, while Invesco Real Estate was represented by Greenberg Traurig.
Alistair Ennever, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Savills IM, commented:
“We are delighted to have advised Vestas and their investors on the acquisition of the Leroy Merlin facility in Piatek. The asset is well located and benefits form a long-term lease commitment from the tenant. The unit is another high quality development from Panattoni and it has been a pleasure to transact with Invesco Real Estate, who owned and funded the development. We are very pleased to have concluded another transaction with our partners at Vestas and look forward to announcing further activity in the future.”
John Palmer, Head of Industrial Investment, Savills, Poland, commented:
“The transaction underlines the attractiveness of central Poland both for institutional investors and the occupier market. Central distribution centres of large retailers, manufactures and 3PLs consider this central location attractive for serving both their domestic and international clients and networks. From an investment fund perspective the location is core, in demand and highly sought after.”
Petr Sramek, Director of CEE Transactions, Invesco Real Estate, commented:
“We are pleased that we have encountered a very positive market environment with this logistics asset in Poland’s central logistics location. The successful sale is a reflection of the promising combination of a good asset with a stable, trusting long-term tenant in a strong location.”
Jonathan Pierce, Senior Director – Fund Management, Invesco Real Estate, concludes:
“The scale of our pan-European strategy provides great flexibility to our transaction approach, driving income and/or capital return at the asset level to target consistently strong performance overall. Having funded the development and by choosing to sell now, we have exceeded our business plan and crystallised strong performance for our investors."
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