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NAI apollo group publishes report on the logistics property and warehouse market in the Rhine-Main area for the first half of 2015


NAI apollo group publishes report on the logistics property and warehouse market in the Rhine-Main area for the first half of 2015

- Take-up doubles in second quarter after weak start to the year
- Large pre-lettings in new project developments dominate the market
- “South” remains the most important sub-market; “Wiesbaden-Mainz” records largest increase in take-up
- Industrial companies are biggest consumers in “sub-5,000” category
- Outlook for 2015: Take-up in line with 2011-2013 levels, but no repeat of annual record result from 2014

Frankfurt, 22nd July 2015 – According to an analysis conducted by the owner-managed real estate services group NAI apollo, the market for logistics property and warehouses in Frankfurt/Rhine-Main* recorded significant growth in the period from April to June 2015 after a weak start to the year. Quarterly take-up by owner-occupiers and tenants reached 216,430 sqm, clearly exceeding both the previous quarter by 104.5% (Q1 2015: 105,830 sqm) and the previous year’s Q2 period by 82.6% (Q2 2014: 118,520 sqm). In the first half of 2015, the total volume amounted to 322,250 sqm and was therefore 4.4% above the previous year’s level (H1 2014: 308,820 sqm).

“Nonetheless, the record result of more than 753,000 sqm for 2014 is not expected to be achieved again in 2015. Instead, the market will continue to develop in line with the period from 2011-2013 and will presumably again exceed the 500,000-sqm mark by the end of December,” said Michael Weyrauch, partner at the NAI apollo group and responsible for the company’s logistics division.

A major factor for the market revival was the increase in project development pre-lettings and large owner-occupier projects. “Compared to previous years, these were still under-represented in the first three months with a take-up share of 30.2%. However, at the end of the first six months a volume of 137,710 sqm related to leases in new developments and 19,550 sqm to owner-occupier projects,” explained Dr. Konrad Kanzler, Head of Market Research at the NAI apollo group. This amounts to a joint market share of 157,260 sqm or 48.8%, thereby almost repeating last year’s high level (H1 2014: 54.7 % or 169,000 sqm).

The seven contracts in the large-unit segment (>10,000 sqm) accounted for 162,000 sqm or approx. 50.3% of the half-year volume and included four pre-lettings in new project developments with a combined 112,500 sqm of warehouse and logistics space. This includes the two largest deals of the year to date: the leasing of around 40,000 sqm of warehouse space by logistics service provider Rhenus in the VGP-Park in Rodgau as well as the conclusion of a contract by SLL System Lager Logistik (a Rigterink group company) for approx. 39,000 sqm of warehouse space in the “West V” industrial park in Flörsheim, which is being built by IDI Gazeley. The largest lease contract in an existing property was concluded by a commercial company and comprised 20,000 sqm in Groß-Gerau.

The “South-East” and “South-West” sub-markets, which are traditionally popular across all size segments, remained a strong focus and accounted for 95,500 sqm and 74,750 sqm respectively. The southern region of the market area accounted for 52.8% of space take-up overall, although this represents a decline of 5.5 percentage points compared to the first half of 2014. In an annual comparison the victor is the “Wiesbaden-Mainz” sub-market, where four contracts for units larger than 5,000 sqm have already taken place this year. This in turn has raised the market share of this sub-market by 13.8 percentage points to 14.5% or 46,650 sqm.

In terms of the different industries, the “transport, warehouse and logistics” sector raised its market share slightly from the previous year (H1 2014: 52.0 %) to 54.7% (176,170 sqm). “Trade” retained its second place with a share of 23.3% (75,010 sqm), but lost market share compared to the first half of 2014 (H1 2014: 35.9%). “In contrast, third-placed industrial companies considerably boosted their market share to 16.7% with a volume of 53,690 sqm, compared to 7.1% in the first half of 2014,” said Kanzler. These companies were the most important consumers of space in the segment “below 5,000 sqm”, with a 37.8% share of take-up or 38,820 sqm.

In the coming months, NAI apollo group expects market activity to remain buoyant. According to Weyrauch: “The owner-occupier project of packaging manufacturer DS Smith, on which building work is about to begin at the former air base in Erlensee, will provide 40,000 sqm of warehouse and logistics space alone. Speculative developments - those that are either under construction such as in Neu-Isenburg or in the planning stage such as in Weiterstadt - will also meet corresponding demands for new and modern spaces.”

*NAI apollo group defines the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main market area for logistics and warehouses as the relevant available logistics and warehouse space between the cities of Butzbach in the north and Worms in the south, as well as between Bingen in the west and Aschaffenburg in the east. The City of Frankfurt am Main forms the central point of the sub-market described.

About NAI apollo group
NAI apollo group ( is the leading network of independent real estate consultancy companies in Germany. For more than 25 years now, its partners have been advising national and international companies with lasting success. Its range of services encompasses the divisions Investment, Letting, Evaluation, Research, Construction Management, Asset and Property Management and Corporate Finance in the segments Office, Industrial, Residential and Retail. With offices in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Ulm / Neu-Ulm, Dusseldorf, Essen and Mulheim an der Ruhr, NAI apollo group employs around 150 people throughout Germany, including MBA graduates, engineers, legal attorneys, economists, bankers, real estate economists and chartered surveyors. Partners to NAI apollo group are apollo real estate service GmbH & Co. KG, corealis Commercial Real Estate GmbH, Cubion Immobilien AG as well as Objekta Immobilien Kontor GmbH and Völckers & Cie Immobilien GmbH. As an exclusive German partner of NAI Global, the owner-managed real estate services group NAI apollo group, founded in 1988, has global access to more than 6,700 real estate specialists. The world's largest network of owner-managed companies for professional and top quality property consulting has 375 partner offices. NAI offices are responsible for more than $ 20 billion worth of transactions every year, and in the field of asset and property management they manage more than 38 million square meters of property (as of: July 2015).

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07/23/2015 - 21:00


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