New Standards in the Investment Market for Logistics Real Estate


Germany is the Largest Logistics Market in Europe

....while Logistics is the Third-Largest Economic Sector after the Automobile Industry and Retail Trade

Logistics real estate plays a key role in the supply chain, and that role keeps getting bigger. Logistics real estate serves as connecting link between the procurement of goods and commodities and their distribution. Keywords like “just in time,” “just in sequence,” “same-day delivery,” “time-window delivery” and “last-mile logistics” indicate the daunting requirements both on the vendor side and on the consumer side – requirements that can only be met by a functioning network of high-end logistics assets rich in alternative use potential. Coping with the many different tasks in logistics, such as parcel distribution in the booming e-commerce market, requires the availability of logistics real estate in the most diverse logistics locations.

We will Buy Your Logistics Property

Our investment focus in this context is exclusively on logistics real estate from EUR 5 million onwards anywhere in Germany. At this time, we encourage owners of industrial real estate, advisors, estate agents, asset managers, fund managers and occupiers to submit quotes for any assets to us that might be available for sale. We welcome any offers of existing schemes, newly constructed buildings or property developments. The acquisition options open to us include classic off-market deals but could also take the form of a call for tenders or a structured bidding process. Our defining traits in the acquisition process are discretion, reliability, swift action and very little red tape.

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Basel III, Solvency II, the German Capital Investment Act (KAGB), the German Investment Ordinance (AnlV) and other regulatory parameters bring many institutional investors face up with the challenge of achieving their set minimum rates of return in the context of a historically low interest environment worldwide. In their quest for alternative investment opportunities, few investors can afford to ignore industrial real estate. It is an investment characterised by attractive rates of return, low volatility, high stability of value, and secure, predictable cash flows. What we offer investors are tailored investment solutions that take the specific fiscal, regulatory and reporting parameters of institutional investors into account. Investor choices include the option to buy into our regulated special AIF, “RLI Logistics Fund - Germany II” or to go for a private equity investment.

RLI Logistics Fund - Germany II

The open-ended segregated real estate fund (AIF) invests in high-quality logistics properties in Germany and targets an investment volume of circa EUR 400 million. It has a term of ten years and a targeted annual distribution yield of 6.75 percent. The investment profile of the RLI Logistics Fund - Germany II follows mainly the investment strategy of its successful predecessor, the RLI Logistics Fund - Germany I. Under its core / core-plus strategy, the fund will buy industrial, retail and e-commerce logistics properties in good and prime locations across Germany over the coming months. Investment candidates fall into two categories: high-quality properties with long-term leases and properties with expiring leases that are fully suitable to a broad range of occupiers; and older properties with high value potential. In addition, the fund can buy assets very early during the development stage via forward purchase and forward funding agreements.

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New RLI team member: Welcome Sandra Martel!

Sandra (36) has been with RLI since March 2018. She is responsible for the commercial asset management of RLI's existing real estate throughout Germany. As part of this, she develops and implements marketing strategies, takes care of the existing tenants, acquires new tenants and negotiates lease and subcontracting.

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Development of the logistics market throughout 2017

In 2017, the volume of transactions across Germany reached €9 billion, exceeding the expectations voiced at the start of the year. The media and property management companies are falling over themselves with extremely upbeat headlines about logistics investments in 2017.

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Development of the logistics market in Q3 2017

The industrial and logistics market remained brisk in Q3. The figures speak for themselves: whereas the volume of transactions in the previous year was around €3.2 billion, this figure has roughly doubled over the past nine months, with various sources estimating the total to be in the order of €5.8–6.7 billion. This impressive amount underlines investors’ high interest in the asset class of logistics real estate.

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RLI beglückwünscht die Logix Award 2017 Gewinner

Die Brownfield-Entwicklung von ECE Projektmanagement in Hamburg-Billbrook überzeugte die Jury und das Konzept DHL MechZB-Netzwerk wurde mit dem Sonderpreis für City-Logistik ausgezeichnet - wir gratulieren den Gewinnern recht herzlich und bedanken uns bei den Initiatoren für die gelungene feierliche Verleihung am 4. Oktober 2017 auf der Expo Real in München.

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