LaSalle invests in Spanish retail S&L on behalf of French pension fund

LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, acquired a portfolio of six properties of MAKRO Spain from METRO PROPERTIES, the real estate company of METRO AG, as part of a sale-and-lease-back transaction. The portfolio was acquired on behalf of French public service pension scheme ERAFP for €73 million. The transaction was closed in June 2019. Following the transaction, MAKRO Spain will remain the sole tenant of all six assets with a 15-year fixed lease term with extension options.

“We have in recent years continuously enhanced our relationship with our hospitality customers. The transaction shows the commitment of our company to the Spanish market where sectors such as tourism and hospitality are developing great performance and offering clear growth potential for our company,” said Peter Gries, CEO of MAKRO Spain.

The six stand-alone properties are located in the major tourist areas of Bilbao, Zaragoza, Badalona, Valencia, Alicante and Palma De Mallorca, with each asset the dominant wholesale store in its respective city. Strategically located within semi-urban locations in well-established tourist destinations, the six assets cater predominantly to professional customers from the hotel, restaurant and catering sectors. The portfolio’s catchment area attracts c.40 million overnight tourists per year, benefiting from the strength of Spain’s tourism industry. In addition, c.10.1 million permanent inhabitants live within a 30 to 45-minute drive of the portfolio, representing almost 22% of Spain’s total population.

Mathias Malzbender, Head of Separate Accounts for Continental Europe at LaSalle Investment Management, said: “This acquisition allows us to improve the sector and country diversification of the Fund. Given the prime locations of the assets and strong sales record of the stores to date, we are confident that the MAKRO portfolio will produce attractive long-term income, continuing the strong performance of the fund.”

“Our activities strictly follow the aim of increasing the value of METRO’s real estate. This includes future-oriented investments in our locations, their sustainable development and sale & lease back transactions as long-term commitments. The sale of select assets from the real estate portfolio in Spain is one element of our global portfolio strategy. With LaSalle we have a partner who shares our vision for the wholesale business,” explained Wolfgang Baumgartinger, Director Transactions, METRO PROPERTIES.

Francesco Coviello, Head of Acquisitions for Central and Southern Europe at LaSalle, said: “I am delighted that we have acquired this excellent portfolio of assets, based across Spain, a country delivering growth rates well above the Eurozone average. Furthermore, the logistics and warehousing sector is set to outperform given the thriving state of e-commerce in country. This is an excellent example of the strong network that we have in Spain, where we are investing on behalf of a range of clients.”

For this transaction, METRO PROPERTIES was advised by the consulting firms CBRE and Simmons & Simmons (legal advisory).

About LaSalle Investment Management 

LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, LaSalle manages approximately $64 billion of assets in private and public real estate property and debt investments as of Q4 2018. LaSalle’s diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments. For more information please visit, and LinkedIn.

NOTE: This information discussed above is based on the market analysis and expectations of LaSalle and should not be relied upon by the reader as research or investment advice regarding LaSalle funds or any issuer or security in particular. The information presented herein is for illustrative and educational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law or where contrary to local law or regulation. Any such offer to invest, if made, will only be made to certain qualified investors by means of a private placement memorandum or applicable offering document and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Past performance is not indicative of future results, nor should any statements herein be construed as a prediction or guarantee of future results.

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