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ESR and LOGOS achieve anchor close for new co-branded Pan Asia Core+ Venture with US$250 mil of equity commitments

The initial raising was led by LOGOS on behalf of ESR Group.

ESR Group, the sponsor of SGX-listed ESR-LOGOS REIT (ELOG), together with LOGOS, has announced the anchor close of its new co-branded Pan Asia Core+ Venture (PACV) totalling US$250 million ($358.9 million) in equity commitments.

The initial raising was led by LOGOS on behalf of ESR Group. It includes investments from two leading institutional capital partners, Nordrheinische Ärzteversorgung pension fund (NAEV) from Germany and a large US State pension fund.

PACV is the first open-ended Pan-Asian strategy that is focused on stabilised assets and will enhance returns for investors with some exposure to value-add/develop-to-core strategies across Asia Pacific.

It will invest in prime logistics assets across the Asia Pacific region with an initial focus on the developed markets of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

PACV will also have an allocation for strategic develop-to-hold opportunities across the region. It will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of ESR Group’s development workbook of nearly US$12 billion and the estimated US$35 billion of additional assets under management (AUM) that is anticipated to be completed in the ESR and LOGOS portfolios over the next five years.

PACV’s first investment is in joint partnership with another LOGOS capital partner for a circa US$200 million forward purchase logistics facility in the Seoul Capital Area. The LOGOS Siheung Logistics Centre will comprise state-of-the-art dry and cold warehouse facilities when completed in early 2024.

The property, which has been designed by one of Korea’s largest architecture firms and is being developed by a highly experienced warehouse contractor, will offer a total gross floor area of 100,000 sqm on completion and will be LEED Gold certified.

LOGOS’ managing director and co-CEO Trent Iliffe, says, “We are pleased to welcome NAEV and the US State Pension to this venture. Their strong interest in PACV is testament to the continued long term growth story of the Asia Pacific logistics market which is continuing to see significant growth underpinned by the strong secular fundamentals of logistics real estate in this region, the growth in e-commerce and further dislocations in the supply chains globally.”

He adds: “On the back of these growth drivers, we continue to see strong demand from our tenant customers across the region for modern and sustainable logistics assets which is leading to sizeable rent growth in most gateway markets. PACV is well positioned to benefit from these growth drivers.”

LOGOS’ group head of funds management, Bart Coenraads says, “We continue to see long term support for the right assets on the back of a secular growth thematic and anticipate a number of cyclical opportunities over the coming six to 12 months as markets adjust to higher interest rates. PACV will also be focused on ESG, where we look to construct a portfolio of high quality ESG-compliant assets, delivering sustainable income and future proofing returns to our investors.”

Josh Daitch, ESR Group’s head of capital and fund management adds, “While both ESR and LOGOS have traditionally focused on country-specific ventures, we both believe that many investors are seeking to gain diversified new economy exposure across the region through a private investment vehicle, and most investors neither have the capital nor the staff required to be able to build that diversified portfolio internally.”

He continues: “With the anchor close, we are excited to launch PACV as a cobranded ESR/LOGOS open-ended vehicle which can serve as a singular allocation to access a diversified portfolio of Pan-Asian Core+ new economy investments.”

Following the acquisition of ARA and LOGOS in January, the Pan-APAC Core+ product represents the second co-branded venture for the enlarged group after ELOG.

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