Barings has agreed to acquire a newly built Grade A logistics asset, Sorred Kubiklager, in Gothenburg, Sweden, from multinational construction and development company Skanska, for €26m. The facility comprises c. 20,100m² of space, which can also be subdivided into one to four units ranging from 3,500 to 6,500m². The asset has been constructed to a high-quality specification, including office space, roof-mounted solar panels, 23 loading docks and 58 parking spaces, as well as meeting the requirements of the EU’s GreenBuilding programme. The asset’s first tenant Facil, a global full-service provider of fastening solutions and C-parts will move into its space during the second quarter of 2021. Barings’ strategy is to let up the remaining space assembling a strong line-up of occupiers.
Thorsten Slyta, Managing Director and Head of Nordics at Barings, commented: “This transaction has secured a high-quality logistics asset with significant income and value creation potential. Discussions with potential occupiers are already underway, with the asset benefitting from a strong location in the foremost logistics hub in Sweden, which offers excellent transport links to the wider Nordic region. The potential to divide the asset into smaller units also provides flexibility and allows us to provide modern and sustainable space that meets the needs of future occupiers in a market where new supply is constrained. 2020 was an active year for us in the Nordics, where we invested €230m into offices and logistics across both core+ and value add risk profiles. We anticipate that 2021 will be another busy year as we aim to deploy €400m across the Nordics mainly in logistics, CBD offices with repositioning potential and in the residential sector. Within these segments we will review core, core+ and value add opportunities.”
Gunther Deutsch, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Transactions – Europe at Barings, added: “This acquisition represents the third logistics transaction and the sixth asset we have secured in Sweden over the last 12 months and shows our commitment to the Nordic markets and this sector, which remains a strategic priority for us in 2021 due to the structural growth drivers including the rise of eCommerce. Our European target investment volume for logistics will increase up to €900m for 2021 across our covered regions, which include the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Italy, France and Spain, where we will be targeting both portfolio and sale-and-leaseback transactions.”