Off-market transaction in Portugal's Prime Logistics Hub
LONDON, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), one of the largest diversified net lease REITs specialising in corporate sale-leasebacks, build-to-suit transactions and the acquisition of single-tenant net lease properties, today announced the off-market acquisition of a central logistics facility near Lisbon, Portugal, totalling 50,000 square meters (534,000 square feet) for approximately €43 million ($50 million). The distribution centre is subject to an existing triple-net lease with Sonae MC, Portugal's leading food retailer.
Market-leading food retailer: Sonae MC generates approximately €3.9 billion ($4.5 billion) in annual revenues and is the primary operating business of Sonae SGPS, S.A. ("Sonae"), a publicly listed Portuguese conglomerate with a diversified portfolio of businesses, including retail, investment management, financial services, real estate and telecommunication services.
Prime logistics location: The asset is located in the Azambuja logistics park, Portugal's prime logistics hub. The park is located 25 minutes north of Lisbon, Portugal's capital and economic centre.
Mission-critical asset: The facility is Sonae MC's central distribution facility and is its only warehouse in the Azambuja region with cold storage for perishable food products. Together with two neighbouring Sonae logistics centres, the facility forms a strategic and efficient logistics hub from which Sonae operates its retail stores in central and southern Portugal.
Long-term net lease with built-in rent growth: The asset is subject to an existing triple-net lease with built-in annual rent escalations tied to Euro Area CPI and a remaining term of more than ten years.
Expansion potential: The facility is situated on a large parcel of land with substantial building rights, providing potential future expansion opportunities.
Arvi A. I. Luoma, Head of European Investments, W. P. Carey, said: "Logistics remains a sought-after asset class across Europe, which has demonstrated attractive liquidity and growth trends. Our acquisition of a mission-critical facility in a prime logistics location in Portugal was a rare and attractive opportunity in a market with relative undersupply. The investment further diversifies our portfolio with a strong market-leading tenant in a highly defensive industry largely insulated from e-commerce disruption.
"W. P. Carey's more than 20 years of experience investing in Europe, together with efficient underwriting and execution by our in-house acquisitions team, enabled us to complete this off-market transaction quickly, securing stability for the tenant and providing additional long-term value to our investors."
W. P. Carey Inc. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, W. P. Carey (NYSE:WPC) ranks among the largest diversified net lease REITs with an enterprise value of over $11 billion and a portfolio of operationally-critical commercial real estate totaling 878 properties covering approximately 87 million square feet. For over four decades, the company has invested in high-quality single-tenant industrial, warehouse, office and retail properties subject to long-term leases with built-in rent escalators. Its portfolio is located primarily in North America and Northern and Western Europe and is well-diversified by tenant, property type, geographic location and tenant industry. www.wpcarey.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. Federal securities laws. Mr. Luoma's comments and discussions regarding the facility's expansion potential are examples of forward looking statements. A number of factors could cause W. P. Carey's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are the general economic climate; the supply of and demand for commercial properties; interest rate levels; the availability of financing; and other risks associated with the acquisition and ownership of properties, including risks that the tenants will not pay rent, or that costs may be greater than anticipated. For further information on factors that could impact W. P. Carey, reference is made to its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.