Prologis, the world’s largest industrial property company, has acquired nearly 14 million square feet of industrial properties from Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment management companies, in a $3.1 billion deal. Despite a cooling industrial market, Prologis sees value in the acquisition, expanding its presence in key markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Southern California, San Francisco, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, and South Florida. The acquisition aligns with Prologis’ long-term strategic growth plan, and the company plans to hold 100% ownership of the acquired properties. With a 1.2 billion-square-foot portfolio spanning 19 countries, Prologis remains optimistic about the logistics real estate market despite a recent decline in demand.
While the industrial market is experiencing a cooldown, Prologis highlights the historically low vacancy rates in the logistics market. The company reported that approximately 99% of its portfolio units are either leased or in negotiation, indicating the tightness of industrial markets. However, demand for industrial space declined by 40% in the first quarter of 2023, according to industry research. Prologis recognizes that higher interest rates could pose challenges for new developments, potentially impacting supply.
Although new construction starts in the industrial sector have dropped significantly, markets with attractive consolidation environments, such as manufacturing hubs, are expected to maintain strong demand. Prologis’s research report indicates that investments in Mexican factories generate significant local logistics demand, supporting the company’s growth strategy.
The transaction is anticipated to close by the end of the second quarter, solidifying Prologis’ position as a leading player in the industrial real estate market. Despite the market cooldown, the company remains confident in the long-term prospects of the logistics industry.