ASLI picks up logistics centre in Barcelona, expanding Spanish portfolio
Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC (ASLI) has acquired an urban logistics warehouse in Barcelona, its third in the country, for 18.8 millin euros.
This 13,907 square metre asset is located in the first ring of Barcelona, within a 25 minute drive (27km) of the city centre and is well positioned to benefit from the growth of e-commerce and the scarcity of development opportunities, which provides strong rental growth potential. The purchase price reflects a net initial yield of 3.7% and net reversionary yield of 4.7%.
The local market is characterised by a low vacancy rate of 3%, which falls to 1% for the first ring, reflecting naturally occurring land constraints, with the city surrounded by the sea and mountains.
The asset is located on the Polinyà Logistic Park, a strategically positioned and highly consolidated industrial area just off the AP-7 motorway that connects Barcelona with France and the wider European market in the north, and to the south to Zaragoza, Madrid and other key cities along the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
This freehold asset, which was built in 2019 and meets modern specifications, is fully let to Mediapost, a subsidiary of LA POSTE Group, the French state-owned company, serving as its Spanish headquarters.
The property offers a high-grade specification of c.11.5 metres clear height in the warehouse area, high quality office accommodation, 10 loading docks, LED lighting and a small solar PV installation which the company will seek to enhance, making this a very sustainable investment. Accelerating e-commerce penetration and favourable demand supply dynamics offers rental growth potential at the first mutual break option in 2026 or at lease expiry in 2029, whilst rental income is indexed from 2023 onwards.
This is the company’s first investment in Barcelona, providing further diversification and taking the portfolio gross asset value to c.€500 million across sixteen assets.
The acquisition has been funded using the company's credit facility.