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Schindellegi/CH / Luxembourg, 4 March 2008 - Goodman’s European Logistics Fund (‘GELF’) and Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global logistics provider have entered into a sale and lease-back agreement for 22 warehouse locations. The total transaction value amounts to approximately € 220 million with an average lease-back period of five years. The mutually beneficial agreement allows GELF to enlarge its portfolio with assets at locations that are complementary to its existing stock, while Kuehne + Nagel is able to streamline its freehold portfolio in line with its global corporate real estate strategy.
Together with the 22 properties, GELF has also acquired 18.8 ha of undeveloped land reserves. The combined portfolio is spread over five European countries with ten assets in Germany, nine in France, and one in Spain, Belgium and Austria, respectively. The assets cover approximately 430,000 sqm of warehouse space.
"This transaction is part of a portfolio asset management process which includes a continuous optimisation and restructuring," said Martin Holub, Senior Vice President Real Estate, Kuehne + Nagel Management AG. "In regard to developing a successful and sustainable business partnership with Goodman, this sale and lease-back portfolio project is an important step, not the least for our growing contract logistics business."
For Goodman, the acquisition represents the second largest transaction in the Fund's history and a significant increase in assets under management, now standing at € 1.4 billion. The Fund now comprises circa 2 million sqm of warehouse space and covers ten countries.
The acquisition fits Goodman's integrated own-develop-manage business model and the strategy it has for the Fund. Peter Davies, Director Logistics Funds for Goodman in Europe said: "This transaction provides us with a large number of assets in good locations such as the greater Berlin area as well as the Lyon, Ile de France and Madrid hubs. In addition, the excess land and some of the older properties will provide the Fund with enhanced returns as they are developed or refurbished. The completion of this acquisition means that the Fund's size since its launch in December 2006 has more than quadrupled."
CBRE acted as the advisor for this transaction, which is subject to various conditions precedent. The transaction is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2008.
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Kuehne + Nagel International AG
1st Quarter Results 2008 - Growth and resilience in a challenging market - April 21, 2008
|Schindellegi/CH, 21 April 2008 - The Kuehne + Nagel Group continued its growth course during the first three months of the year and delivered strong results. Compared with the previous year, turnover grew by 9.0 per cent (12.6 per cent excluding currency impact) to CHF 5,310 million. The operational result (EBITDA) improved by 13.9 per cent (17.2 per cent excluding currency impact) to CHF 262 million. Net earnings increased by 18.5 per cent (21.6 per cent excluding currency impact) to CHF 154 million. |
Kuehne + Nagel increased seafreight container volumes by 10 per cent. The economic slowdown in the United States led to a decline in imports from Europe and Asia which was more than compensated by the considerable rise in export volume. High productivity and efficient company-wide cost management improved the operational result by 17.6 per cent. The EBITDA margin was 4.4 per cent, compared with 4.1 per cent in 2007.Airfreight
Kuehne + Nagel's airfreight business remained strong. Despite a volatile market, the company increased demand for its time-defined airfreight products, raising volumes by 17 per cent. In Europe, business performed particularly well, but the successful expansion of niche products, such as hotel logistics, also contributed to the remarkable result. Cost efficiency and productivity increases improved the operational result by 20.8 per cent. The EBITDA margin increased to 6.1 per cent, compared with 5.7 per cent in 2007.Road & Rail Logistics
European overland business developed according to plan. The late 2007 acquisitions of German groupage providers G.L. Kayser and Cordes & Simon strengthened operations, increasing volumes (net turnover) by 14 per cent. In line with strategy, investments were made to expand and consolidate the network, as well as to further standardise information technology. At 1.5 per cent, the EBITDA margin remained at the previous year's level, while the operational result improved by 10.0 per cent.Contract Logistics
In Contract Logistics, the focus was on the efficient implementation of new business won in 2007 and on expanding Eastern European operations. Investments in new logistics facilities led to a slightly lower EBITDA margin (5.2 per cent), compared with the previous year (5.4 per cent), and a slightly improved operational result. Growth was at 7 per cent, excluding currency impact at 11 per cent."Our strong market position, global reach and high value logistics offerings enabled us to generate additional growth and achieve a very good result in the first quarter," said Klaus Herms, Chief Executive Officer, Kuehne + Nagel International AG. "The impact of the economic slowdown is difficult to quantify. We are convinced of the resilience and stability of our business model."About Kuehne + Nagel
With over 52,000 employees at 830 locations in more than 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses with a clear focus on providing IT-based lead logistics solutions.
Further information can be found on www.kuehne-nagel.com.