QuadReal Announces €2 Billion Partnership with GLP and CPPIB
QuadReal is pleased to announce today our partnership with GLP and CPPIB to establish GLP Continental Europe Development Partners I (“GLP CDP I”):
• GLP CDP I will focus on developing modern logistics facilities in Continental Europe
• Strong customer demand in Europe – Gazeley, GLP’s Europe platform, signed record number of leases this year
• GLP CDP I will help capture significant growth opportunities in Europe, given GLP’s first two European funds are fully allocated
The text of the release issued by GDP follows below. For the full announcement including media contact information for GDP, please consult the formal release available from the GLP website.
London, 19 November 2018 – GLP, the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions, will partner with QuadReal Property Group (“QuadReal”) and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, CPP Investment Board Europe S.a.r.l., to establish GLP Continental Europe Development Partners I (“GLP CDP I”). The partners1 are contributing €1 billion (US$1.1 billion2) in equity to GLP CDP I, which will focus on developing modern logistics facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium. CPPIB will contribute €450 million (US$510 million) of equity to GLP CDP I.
GLP CDP I is expected to reach €2 billion (US$2.3 billion) of assets under management (AUM) when fully invested. GLP CDP I will help capture significant growth opportunities in Europe, given GLP’s first two European funds are fully allocated.
Ming Mei, Co-Founder and CEO of GLP, said: “The proposed establishment of GLP CDP I reflects the confidence that institutional investors have in GLP and Gazeley, our Europe platform. We are committed to a long-term growth strategy in Europe. Demand from institutional investors to partner with GLP remains strong and we see opportunities to expand our fund management platform further.”
Andrea Orlandi, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Investments – Europe, CPPIB, said: “This partnership deepens our longstanding relationship with GLP, one of our largest global partners and establishes a new relationship with QuadReal. GLP CDP I is a key part of our development-led growth strategy in the logistics sector globally, and will significantly enhance our existing holdings in Continental Europe. We expect GLP CDP I to grow quickly in scale and perform well over the long term given rising e-commerce sales and consumer demand for ever-shorter delivery times in Europe.”
Jay Kwan, Head of Europe, QuadReal, said: “Research and experience inform our high conviction about developing logistics facilities in select, target markets that will create a resilient industrial portfolio.We are delighted to be partnering with CPPIB and GLP as we invest in the logistics sector across Continental Europe.”
Gazeley is GLP’s Europe platform. Customer demand in Europe continues to grow, with Gazeley signing more than 351,000 sqm (3.8 million sq ft) of new leases since the start of the year to customers including Amazon, Kingfisher, Wayfair and Zeus Packaging. Gazeley has begun construction on over 550,000 sqm (5.9 million sq ft) of new developments in the period as well as replenished its development landbank. With the establishment of GLP CDP I, GLP will have three funds in Europe totaling more than €6 billion (US$7 billion) AUM when fully invested.
GLP has approximately US$60 billion of assets under management globally and continues to see strong interest from institutional investors across its real estate and private equity strategies given GLP’s operational excellence, innovative use of technology and strong risk management and capital allocation.
1. The relevant investors’ participation in GLP CDP I is subject to customary regulatory approvals
2. Unless otherwise stated, all exchange rates are reported as €1 = US$1.12, the exchange rate as of 16 November 2018