Allianz Real Estate
has purchased a portfolio of three brand-new, grade A logistics assets in Lombardy in an off-market transaction for €110m. The acquisition is the fourth secured logistics deal in Italy in the past 18 months for Allianz Real Estate and will result in a total Italian logistics portfolio of €275m in assets under management. The assets will be 100% income-producing upon acquisition. Each asset is located close to Milan and within the wider northern Italy logistic hub: Binasco (29,440m²) is close to Milan itself; Massalengo (55,000m²) sits between Milan and Piacenza adjacent to the A1, the main Italian motorway; and Ospitaletto (also 55,000m²) is in the ‘Golden Triangle’ zone, the wealthiest area of Italy.
“We take a very positive view of the long-term strength of the logistics sector, with the Lombardy hub benefitting from compelling market fundamentals such as the continued regional growth of online shopping. This latest deal represents an excellent opportunity to purchase a grade A portfolio, well located at an attractive yield and capital value. Logistics as an asset class remains a key focus for Allianz Real Estate, having grown our global exposure in the sector to more than €7.5bn AUM,” said Donato Saponara, Head of Transactions for West Europe & Country Head of Italy, Allianz Real Estate.
“We will continue to evaluate opportunities in different asset classes as diversification continues to play a fundamental role in our investment strategy. Looking forward, the logistics sector will very likely play a central role as we further expand in the Italian market, which continues to offer high-quality, prime assets on a select basis,” said Alexander Gebauer, CEO for West Europe, Allianz Real Estate.