Diok RealEstate AG has completed the acquisition of an 89.9% equity interest in the vehicle which owns the Campteq Innovation Campus property. This represents the company’s first acquisition since a private syndicate led by Alvarium Investments purchased a 49.9% interest in DIOK. By investing in the Campteq Innovation Campus property, DIOK is continuing its established strategy to acquire assets in the science and technology space.
The property extends over nearly 13,600m² of lettable area. Its largest tenant is Azenta Life Sciences, which maintains one of Germany’s largest bio-storage facilities on the property. The property is currently tenant-occupied to about 60% and therefore offers considerable appreciation potential by raising the occupancy rate.
The fact that the property was acquired within the framework of an off-market transaction further demonstrates DIOK’s wide network. Together with its existing portfolio, the acquisition increases the value of DIOK’s property holdings to more than €227m. The tenant base of the newly acquired property is dominated by blue-chip companies from the biotechnology and logistics sectors. Financing for the acquisition was provided by a local bank.
Markus Drews, Member of the Board of DIOK, said: "The Campteq Innovation Campus perfectly suits our investment focus on the science and technology asset class. The acquisition was financed together with our new shareholder, Alvarium Investments, and with 64 Investments, a fact that has helped to speed up the pace of our acquisition activities. We will exploit the auspicious environment and our robust deal pipeline to move ahead with our next transactions in the near future. Investing in high-yield and risk-diversified science and technology assets occupied by tenants from forward-looking industries, such as the digitisation, communication, automation and pharmaceutical technology sectors, has proven the right approach, especially against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Ralf Nocker, another Member of the Board of DIOK, added: "The science and technology asset class is defined by high-net-worth tenants and long-term leases. Moreover, tenants of this type will often invest in the interior fit-out of their premises, including by installing labs, clean rooms and similar facilities, reinforcing the occupiers’ loyalty to the location. This transaction is a natural fit for DIOK given its focus and deep expertise in the science and technology commercial property space."