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When a company wants to build a new building for industrial use, it would typically start with the real estate manager and the supply chain manager meeting with the C suite to fund the project.

During the pandemic they might well have gotten what they wanted. But now these executives are likely leaving that meeting empty-handed. The C suite mantra to these and many other requests is to avoid committing capital as much as possible.  ‘Come back with a plan B,’ they are told.

Jake Fraker, Global Head of Industrial & Logistics Capital Markets for Newmark, relayed this hypothetical example during a webinar held by GlobeSt.com last week and sponsored by JLL Technologies. It was a telling illustration of the state of demand for industrial product at the moment. The demand is there, clearly, but current financial conditions have made decision makers cautious about investing in both assets and additional space.

“No one is building new buildings if they can get by with a slight delay,” Fraker said.

Newmark stats on third quarter activity also demonstrate this trend. Nationally, absorption measured 47 million square feet for the quarter, a solid if muted demand, Newmark said, with the volume approximately 15 million square feet less than 2019’s quarterly average net absorption.

“The signs of this cautiousness are everywhere,” Fraker said. “We are seeing careful controls on new supplies. There are a few places where there might be an oversupply but then the developers slow down or the lending partners slow it down.”

That said, this current state of demand is not even remotely reflective of the wave of activity that experts expect in the future for the industrial class.

E-commerce-generated demand continues, according to participant Alex Motiuk, director of acquisitions for Greek Real Estate Partners. Couple that with other trends emerging in the marketplace, such as the growth of onshoring and nearshoring, the increasingly globalized nature of supply chains and the rise of secondary markets in these strategies and experts are quite confident that industrial will continue to be a top asset class for commercial real estate.

During the pandemic, the sensitivity of global supply chains became painfully apparent to all parties in this sector and the memories of empty store shelves that often resulted from a sudden change in consumer behavior – think back to the run on toilet paper when it became apparent how serious COVID-19 was – have not been forgotten.

“The global supply chain is completely intertwined with the logistics sector,” Fraker said.

Even despite the current focus on costs, many companies continue to lease additional distribution space than they typically need to ensure their supply chains continue to flow smoothly – a trend that is expected to continue into the future.

“We have seen much higher inventory volumes, a lot more inventory to manage,” said Motiuk. “Tenants are now much more methodological and try to get ahead of requirements. At the same time, U.S. companies and foreign companies that serve the U.S. markets have recognized that global supply chains are vulnerable to geopolitical risk.”

Hence the rise of onshoring and nearshoring. To be sure, these trends have been long standing ones driven by complex factors. But they have lately achieved a heightened status thanks to certain U.S. legislation such as the CHIPS Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, which have encouraged manufacturing on U.S. soil. Other companies, recognizing that China has become an increasingly unstable partner due to political concerns, are migrating operations to Mexico. Nearby industrial facilities in the U.S. are subsequently benefiting from a huge boom in demand. Indeed, in the third quarter, secondary markets absorbed an increasingly larger share of demand, Newmark reported.

“There has been a big explosion in development in Texas and Arizona,” Conrad Madsen III, co-founder of Paladin Partners and another participant in the webinar, said. “Institutional capital never was interested in those markets before but now it is flowing heavily.”

“Global investors are all familiar with the key supply chain markets, such as Memphis Tenn., or Louisville, Ky.,” Fraker said. “We have a project in El Paso and it is getting a lot of attention from institutional investors. That is because El Paso is where onshoring meets nearshoring. El Paso is just one example, though. Today, many secondary markets are showing up on investment committees’ agenda as they eye expected future demand.”


Source: GlobeSt

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Industrial has been on quite a tear over the past few years, as changes in consumer behavior have driven demand for more logistics and fulfillment facilities in key markets.

And according to one industry expert, the sector should stay a favored asset class for experienced investors, despite rising capital costs.

“Post-pandemic consumer behavior has changed and the rate of growth in ecommerce has slowed which has already led to pullbacks by some companies,” says Greg Burns, Managing Director at Stonebriar Commercial Finance, noting Amazon’s recent announcements regarding its industrial portfolio. “Demand for industrial though was driven by other factors as well including a move toward onshoring and the disruption of just in time supply chains.”

With that said, however, Burns said “depending on the what and the where, I would not be surprised to see cap rates widen another 50 to 100 basis points.”

“The cost of debt and equity capital have increased and cap rate hurdles have increased for institutional buyers,” Burns says, adding that he recently saw an increase of 100 basis points in an appraisal for a property in a market where his firm closed a deal six months ago.

Burns will discuss what’s happening in the capital markets in a session at next month’s GlobeSt Industrial conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. He says Stonebriar’s definition of industrial includes not just warehouse and distribution facilities, but manufacturing, life sciences, cold storage and data centers as well, and notes that “each of those sub-categories have their own dynamic and, broadly, all are growing.”

“We prefer properties with multi-modal access, especially those near ports, with most opportunities we’ve seen recently being to the southeast of a line drawn from Baltimore to Phoenix,” Burns says. “We also pay attention to outdoor storage capacity as that has become a greater consideration for tenants. There have been several announcements of new manufacturing sites relating to microchip and electric vehicles which should lead to demand for new logistics properties nearby.”

As the costs of debt capital rise, Burns says Stonebriar’s underwriting will continue to focus on the sponsor, asset and market and “that won’t change.”

“We do few spec development deals and will likely be more granular on understanding the demand/supply side of a respective market,” Burns says.

Ultimately, a recession seems likely and Burns says the changing economic landscape will have “varying impacts” on investors and individual markets alike.

“From our perspective, there will be a premium on a sponsor’s experience and capacity,” Burns says. “I anticipate industrial will remain a favored asset class for investors although those with less experience in the sector could pull back until the economy recovers.”


Source: GlobeSt.


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Amazon.com Inc. is expected to scale back its warehouse holdings nationally, including in Broward County.

At a June 8 public meeting, John Biggie, chairman of the Coral Springs Economic Development Advisory Committee and principal of JBI Development, said the Seattle-based e-commerce giant has “nixed” plans to move into 225,000 square feet within the Commerce Park of Coral Springs, at 4000 N.W. 126th Ave. The facility was slated to hire 200 people, according to previous announcements from Amazon.

Yuri Quispe, a broker with JLL and a member of the committee, said Amazon will also pull out out of a lease deal that it signed 2.5 years ago at a couple warehouse facilities near Sample Road and the Florida Turnpike.

In May, it was widely reported that Amazon executives said the company was losing billions of dollars due to fewer e-commerce sales and an overabundance of warehouses. As a result, the company planned to shrink its national industrial footprint.

Within South Florida, Amazon controls 8.7 million square feet of distribution space. Of that amount, about 2.3 million square feet has yet to be occupied, according to figures from CoStar Group.

Aside from Commerce Park, a source said Amazon has yet to fill an 823,000-square-foot facility at 4600 N. Hiatus Road in Sunrise, a 216,000-square-foot facility at 3750 Palm Drive in Homestead, and 1 million square feet at 13200 S.W. 272nd St. in unincorporated Miami-Dade that it purchased in 2020.

Keith Graves, senior VP of Berger Commercial, said that in the “big scheme of things,” Amazon will have a minimal impact in this industrial market, which has more than 45 million square feet of inventory.

“We are in the single digit vacancy rates. It’s not going to have a dramatic effect,” Grave said.

Nationally, the industrial market is shattering records. However, Quispe and Biggie warned that rough times may be ahead for Coral Springs’ industrial sector.

“We are starting to hear key indicators of leasing activity drying out and demand slowing, of not enough money to put a down payment,” Quispe said during the meeting. “All these ingredients are adding up … and if we are not proactive … when it hits it is going to be very bad.”

Biggie added: “The market has changed dramatically in the past 60 days.”

The 430,000-square-foot Commerce Center of Coral Springs was built in 2018 by Pennsylvania-based EQT Exeter. Exeter paid $14.88 million for the site a year prior. EQT Exeter sold Commerce Center to an unknown buyer in late 2021 as part of a $127.8 million deal. EQT Exeter still manages the site.


Source: SFBJ