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French Property Market 2014

  1. 1. French property Market 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication
  2. 2. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Contents EDITORIAL 3 eCONOMy 5 FRENCH PROPERTY INVESTMENT market 7 Investment Volume 8 Investment Volume by Location 8 Key Investors 9 Offices 11 Retail 13 Industrial 15 Yields 17 Outlook 17 ILE-DE-FRANCE OFFICE MARKET 19 Occupier Demand 20 Rental Values 24 Available and Future Supply 25 Outlook 27 FRENCH LOGISTICS-WAREHOUSES MARKET 31 Economic Trends 32 Occupier Demand 32 Rental Values 34 Available and Future supply 34 Outlook 35 FRENCH RETAIL MARKET 37 Economic and Legal Environment 38 The New Role of Stores 39 Retailer Demand 41 Trends in Supply 45 Rental Values 49 Outlook 50 Glossary 52 CONTACTS 2 54
  3. 3. editorial A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication eDITORIAL In addition to regular episodes of French bashing in the international media, recent changes on the political and economic scenes have reinforced fears among the French, a people not known for their optimism. Forecasters expect at best a timid recovery in 2014, far from the solid activity seen on the other sides of the Channel and Atlantic, and equally remote from the robustness of the German model. Yet while skepticism persists, most economic indicators for France are moving in the right direction. The belief that the worst is behind us could begin to dispel the cloud of uncertainty that has long darkened the French commercial-property market. Furthermore, the gap between the relatively stable investment market and the more chaotic rental market is likely to narrow. As the French property market recovers, Cushman & Wakefield France will further expand its services in order to provide customized advice to all players in the commercial-property market, to address their concerns, and to help them adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. Our dynamic and experienced teams, which moved from strength to strength in 2013 – the sales of 8 place Vendôme, a portion of the Altarea portfolio, the Passy Plaza shopping center in Paris, and Boursorama’s new offices in Boulogne, as well as the opening of the first Primark stores in France and the Valentino boutiques in Paris and Saint-Tropez – will provide the same outstanding service in 2014. The gulf is nonetheless too wide to encourage any clear-cut improvement in the short term. In 2013, good news was mixed with bad: a 1% rise in investment in France and the lowest take-up in the Paris region since 2003. We may reasonably expect a moderate rise in lettings of office and warehouse properties in 2014, but economic, fiscal, and regulatory instability will continue to inspire caution among tenants. Many occupiers now prefer lease renegotiation to moving, while others choose to relocate but do so with very conservative standards. Their targets are usually conveniently located, high-quality sites that meet both cost-cutting and modernization criteria. The deep divisions within the French market are not expected to disappear; hence the increasing urgency of questions concerning the future of the most obsolete sites, and the technical and economic feasibility of adapting to new standards. On a positive note, investment in France should be considerably higher than in 2013, in line with the growth of more than 10% forecast for investments worldwide in 2014. Several large and very large transactions are already under way, confirming the significant amount of money to be invested and the enthusiasm of long-term institutional investors (e.g., insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and new international players) for core assets. Greater concessions made by vendors and renewed interest from opportunistic investors will favor even less-secure assets and enhance the French market’s appeal to a wide variety of investors. Olivier Gérard President 3
  4. 4. eCONOMy A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication eConomy A falling unemployment rate in the United States, buoyant private consumption in the United Kingdom, and gradual business recovery in the euro zone confirm that the economies of developed countries have improved since the end of 2012. After rising 1.2% in 2013, GDP in OECD member countries should grow even faster in 2014 (2.3%) and 2015 (2.7%), a global forecast that does not necessarily apply to every region. While growth in the euro zone is expected to rise slightly in 2014, and the countries hardest hit by the economic crisis (i.e., Spain, Greece, Italy) will likely pull out of recession, the story of the next few months will mainly be about the confirmation of Germany’s robust health. Strong exports and domestic demand have led the Bundesbank to raise its growth outlook for 2014 to 1.7%, after the slowdown in Q3 2013. Yet recovery is both uneven and very fragile. The vulnerability of banking systems and the magnitude of public debt continue to darken the economic horizon of developed countries. This is particularly true in Europe, where austerity policies weigh on household consumption. According to the latest European Commission forecasts, household consumption in EU countries will increase by only 0.9% in 2014, compared with 1.8% per year between 2003 and 2008 and 2.5% per year between 1998 and 2003. Significant improvement in the job market is unlikely. The unemployment rate, estimated at 11.1% in 2013 for the 28 member states, is not expected to fall significantly by the end of 2015 (10.7% est.). While the structural problems of Europe and developed countries such as Japan may remain the center of attention, they are no longer the major source of uncertainty for the global economy. Business activity slowed in 2013 in numerous emerging economies: Exports and manufacturing output rebounded in 2013, helping French business activity that was also supported by the upturn in other parts of Europe. Household consumption was aided by the generous social-security safety net, a very low inflation rate, and a more moderate rise in taxes. In addition, GDP growth in France— flat in 2012—may edge above 0% in 2013 and reach nearly 1% in 2014. French economic difficulties are far from over, however, as may be seen in the growing number of redundancy and restructuring plans by major multinational groups (Alcatel-Lucent, PSA, Michelin, etc.). As a result, business activity remains well below its long-term average. Corporate bankruptcies and unemployment stand at record highs nationwide, although Île-de-France has shown a certain resilience as measured by these two economic indicators. Combined with stagnant salaries, a deteriorating job market will continue to undermine the budget and morale of the French as hope for a clear recovery in consumer spending in the months ahead grows more distant. Companies will also continue to struggle under a heavy, unpredictable tax burden. Capital expenditure will therefore likely remain low in 2014. French economic activity Economic outlook (in %) Indicator (%) Russia’s oil and gas reserves no longer suffice for growth, severe inflation has hurt India, and China’s economic model is still too dependent on exports. These challenges explain the downward revision of global growth forecasts for the next two years. According to the WTO, world trade growth is expected to increase at a much slower rate than previously forecast, with growth of 4.5% expected in 2014, better than the growth of 2.5% in 2013 but still under the average of the past 20 years (5.4%). EURO ZONE USA JAPAN -0.4 1.7 1.8 GDP growth – 2014** 1.0 2.9 1.5 Unemployment rate – 2013* 12.0 7.5 4.0 Unemployment rate – 2014** 12.1 6.9 3.9 General government financial balance – 2013* -2.9 - 6.5 -10.0 GDP growth – 2013* General government financial balance – 2014** -2.5 -5.8 5,0 5,0 5,0 2,5 2,5 2,5 0,0 0,0 0,0 -2,5 -2,5 -2,5 -5,0 -5,0 2002 2002 -8.5 *Estimated **Forecast - Source: OECD (the general government financial balance is calculated as a percent of nominal GDP) 5,0 2,5 0,0 -2,5 2004 2004 2006 2006 2008 2008 GDP growth (annual %) Croissance du PIB (annuelle %) 2010 2010 2012 2012 -5,0 -5,0 2014 f 2014 P Inflation (annual %,) Inflation (annuellle %) Source: INSEE 5
  5. 5. 01 FRENCH PROPERTY INVESTMENT Market Investment in France amounted to €15.1 billion in 2013, 1% more than the previous year’s total and just 3% less than the ten-year average. The retail and industrial sectors have remained active, despite the underlying economic and fiscal uncertainties and an office sector impacted by a weak occupational market. The French market attracted a growing number of investors, drawn by a wide offer of investment profile opportunities created by disposals from tenants that aimed to rebalance their portfolios or that were forced to sell.With adjustment of pricing on non-core assets, transactions for less secure investments also played a significant role. This allowed a few opportunistic invertors to be more active, alongside longterm institutional investors targeting France’s most iconic assets. ” HISTORIC INVESTMENT ACTIVITY IN France (€ BN) 30 25 20 15 10 12.2 17.5 24.4 28.5 13.0 7.8 11.0 16.5 14.9 15.1 0 9.8 5 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2003-2012 average (€15.6bn)
  6. 6. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication INVESTMENT VOLUME INVESTMENT VOLUME BY LOCATION The overall performance of the French market in 2013 was similar to that of 2012. The total number of transactions continued to decline (393, compared with 421 in 2012 and 451 in 2011), although overall volume was supported by a substantial element of large transactions.There were 36 transactions of more than €100 million, for a total of €7.3 billion (i.e. 48% of total investment in France in 2013). A more detailed breakdown by transaction-volume slice, however, shows that the market is in the process or readjusting to a more conventional profile. Transactions of €100-200 million were relatively stable year on year (€3.9 billion), while transactions of more than €200 million declined by 17% (i.e., -€700 million).This fall was compensated for by activity in the €50-100 million segment, which saw 52 transactions in 2013 for a total of €3.7 billion (compared with 39 transactions for a total of €2.7 billion in 2012). Paris / Île-de-France Because of the decline in large-volume transactions, portfolios played a less decisive role in 2013 than in the previous year. At €3 billion, portfolios represented only 20% of total amounts invested in France, compared with €4.1 billion (27%) in 2012. However, large portfolios still played a role across the various asset classes: office properties (Docks Lyonnais portfolio sold to ADIA), retail properties (Vivarte portfolio acquired by La Française AM), and industrial properties (Logicad portfolio sold by Icade to Apollo). Some of these transactions were carried out as joint ventures, the preferred structure of certain large investors aiming to increase their exposure to the property sector while benefiting from the knowledge and experience of major pure players. NBIM (with Prologis in the logistics sector) and Allianz (with Altarea in the shopping-center sector) partnered with specialists that were offering stakes in their portfolios. These two investors used JVs as investment vehicles in 2011 and 2012: NBIM acquired from Allianz half of a Parisian portfolio comprising mainly office properties, and Allianz acquired from Hammerson 75% of the Espace Saint-Quentin. 100% 100% 80% 60% 26% 64% 64% 60% 28% 28% 67% 67% 51% 20% 20% 0% 0% 9% €15-50m 20% 21% 24% 26% 80% 49% 51% 26% 26% 49% 23% 23% 23% 23% 24% 24% 10% 10% 9% 9% 2013 2013 France France 2013 €1-15m 8% 2012 2012 France France Office Office 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 Provinces Provinces Provinces Provinces Retail Retail Industrial Industrial % in volume 18% €50-100m 24% % in volume, all products 8 INVESTMENT VOlUMES BY ASSET TYPE AND LOCATION 40% 28% €100200m 25% Of this €11.1 billion, 78% was invested in office assets, a stable percentage in comparison with the previous year. While Paris’s most desirable office buildings remain highly sought after, there has been a renewed interest in office buildings with higher risk profiles, both in Paris intra muros and in certain office poles in the inner suburbs. At €1.9 billion (€1.7 in 2012), investments in retail properties in the Paris region were also relatively stable year on year (17% of total investment in Île-de-France in 2013, compared with 15% in 2012). Activity in the retail sector was underpinned by large transactions for iconic mixed-use buildings (65–67 ChampsÉlysées), large shopping centers (Passy Plaza), and large portfolios containing assets located in Île-de-France (Altaprime, Vivarte, and Metro portfolios). Industrial properties accounted for €580 million in 2013, 23% more than in 2012. 40% DEAL ANALYSIS in france >€200m 23% Investment in Île-de-France amounted to €11.1 billion, accounting for 74% of total investment in France in 2013 and for 27 of the 36 transactions larger than €100 million nationwide. The Paris region remains the driving force of business in France. With one of the largest stocks of real estate in the world, Paris is headquarters for numerous French and international groups.
  7. 7. INVESTMENT A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Provinces An overall investment of nearly €4 billion in the provinces accounted for 26% of total investment in France in 2013, a stable performance year on year but 18% higher than the ten-year average (€3.4 billion). The proportion of investments in retail properties (€2 billion in 2013) rose to 51% in 2013 from 49% in 2012, while investments in the office sector declined slightly, from 28% of total investment in 2012 to 26% in 2013. Retail properties continued to drive the market in the provinces, notably through the sales of malls and large shopping centers (Immochan portfolio sold to CNP, disposal of 50% of Odysseum shopping center in Montpellier, acquisition by Eurocommercial Properties of a shopping center in Val Thoiry, etc.). However, this general trend does not conceal the significant differences among regions. With €990 million invested, the RhôneAlpes region is by far the largest market outside Île-de-France. Large transactions for new and recent office supply (City One in Lyon, Silky in Vénissieux) and sales of vast retail and industrial sites (Val Thoiry, Parc du Moulin in Vent) have moved the Rhône-Alpes region ahead of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (€290 million invested, of which 65% for logistics assets) and Nord-Pas-de-Calais to be refurbished or presenting tenant risk (CACIB headquarters in Courbevoie acquired by Blackstone, River Plaza in Asnières-surSeine sold to KKR). UK investors were more diverse in their asset targets: logistics, with the new Maisons du Monde platform near Marseille; offices, with part of the Ponant building in the 15th district; retail, with the Metro portfolio; and even the core segment. German investors, still the largest foreign investors in France, accounted for only 8% of total investment in 2013 (9% in 2012). Usually represented by large insurance companies and open-ended funds, German investors were particularly selective, targeting office space and mixed-use buildings in Paris business districts (118 Champs-Élysées acquired by Pramerica). German investors also showed continued interest in the Lyon market and its highestquality office assets (Anthémis, City One). However, it was the acquisition by Allianz of 49% of the Altaprime (Altarea) shoppingcenter portfolio, the third-largest transaction of the year in France, that characterized German investment activity in 2013. The important role played by Germany in the French market is due as much to sales as to acquisitions. Funds such as Aberdeen and Kanam continued their disposals, which supplied other investors with relatively secure products. (€270 million). PURCHASER NATIONALITY in france KEY INVESTORS Middle East 6% Nationalities French investors were increasingly active in the largest transactions and provided 65% of total investment in 2013 (57% in 2012). They accounted for 20 deals of more than €100 million, including some of the year’s biggest transactions (e.g., Primonial’s acquisition of the Tour Adria in La Défense for €450 million, and Predica’s acquisition of éco-Campus in Châtillon for €380 million). Foreign investors funded 35% of investment in France in 2013, compared with 43% in 2012. While partly attributable to the lessening of interest shown by investors from the Middle East (€860 million in 2013, compared with €2.1 billion in 2012), this decline is due mainly to the sharp fall in investments from Qatar. While in 2012 Qatari investors completed four transactions of more than €100 million (42, 52-60, and 116 bis Champs-Elysées; Neo-Retiro portfolio), for a total of €1.4 billion, they carried out only one in 2013 (La Factory in Boulogne). Americans and Canadians were slightly more active in France in 2013. Because of renewed activity by opportunistic funds, the share of North American investors rose from 6% in 2012 to 8% in 2013. Aided by improving market conditions, North American investors targeted secondary assets and locations: class B logistics platforms (Logicad portfolio sold to Apollo), and inner-suburbs office space Asia 4% North America 8% Europe 17% France 65% % in volume, all products Investor profiles Market conditions favored cash-rich buyers with considerable firepower for portfolio diversification. French and foreign pension funds and insurance companies also contributed nearly one-fourth of total investment in 2013 (€3.6 billion).They were the catalysts for 11 transactions of more than €100 million, mainly for large office complexes (Eco-Campus acquired by Predica) but also for large retail portfolios (CNP’s purchase from Immochan of seven malls). 9
  8. 8. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication With investments of €1.8 billion, SCPIs contributed 12% of total investment in France in 2013, reaffirming their interest in the French market through office and retail transactions of usually less than €50 million. SCPIs’ 15% share of total investment in 2012 declined because of the significant rise in investment by OPCIs (from 6% in 2012 to 15% in 2013), as exemplified by Primonial’s acquisition of several office assets in Paris and the inner suburbs (Tour Adria in La Défense, Spark in Paris 13th, etc.). Property companies contributed 11% of total investment in France in 2013. Some focused on mixed-use buildings in Paris CBD (acquisition of 50 Haussmann by Terreïs and of 52 rue Marbeuf by Gecina), while others purchased assets for repositioning such as the Mirabeau tower (Gecina) and the Val Thoiry shopping center (Eurocommercial Properties), whose expansion and refurbishment have been scheduled. Yet it was on the sell side that property companies were most active, whether forced to sell their assets, taking profit from mature assets, or rebalancing their portfolios by giving added weight to large, regional shopping centers and high-street retail. The disposals carried out by property companies provided a flow of long-term and large-scale assets that are essential for insurance companies (sale of Passy Plaza to Generali by Eurocommercial Properties) and for German funds (purchase of 118 Champs-Élysées by Pramerica from Risanamento, sale of the Issy Trois Moulins shopping center to Union Investment by Corio). Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) were less active in 2013, contributing 8% of total investment, compared with 20% in 2012—a decline of €1.8 billion. This performance is not due to a loss of appetite by SWFs for French property, but rather to the lack of available products that meet their investment criteria. Some SWFs added to and diversified their positions on the French market. The Norwegian NBIM, for example, invested in the industrial sector through a JV with Prologis. Asian newcomers also reaffirmed their desire to acquire Paris’s most prestigious assets (acquisition by SOFAZ of 8 Place Vendôme). SWFs may continue to be active in the coming months because of opportunities created by the sale of large prime Parisian assets (e.g., the Risanamento portfolio and the Beaugrenelle shopping center), and because of increasing interest shown by other nationalities (e.g., Chinese, Malaysian, Korean). Focus on SCPIs’ The enthusiasm of individual investors for real-estate investment in France did not flag in 2013, and the SCPI (French REIT) remained one of the most popular investment products in France. However, net inflows were down slightly, and the amounts invested by SCPIs in in real-estate also declined in 2013 on an annual basis. In H1 2013, capitalization of the 81 SCPIs specialized in corporate real estate amounted to €25.09 billion (€23.95 billion in H1 2012), with net inflow of €1.09 billion (11% less than in H1 2012). This trend fails to describe the marked differences among the various types of SCPI. Fund inflow to traditional SCPIs fell by 10.3% in H1 2013 year on year, while inflows to regional SCPIs rose by 55.1%. Retail-property SCPIs also experienced sharply lower inflows (-31%). This trend is indicative of the distribution of amounts invested in 2013 in the French commercial-property market, with 67% invested in offices. The most active asset managers include La Française AM, Amundi, Primonial REIM, BNP Paribas, and NAMI-AEW Europe. Sources: ASPIM, IEIF. 8 Vendôme – Paris 1st 10
  9. 9. INVESTMENT A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Geographic distribution PURCHASER TYPE in france Private 5% Owner occupier 5% SWFs 8% Insurance companies/ mutual funds 24% Property companies 11% Investment funds 20% SCPIs 12% OPCIs 15% % in volume, all products One of the most significant changes in 2013 was the reaffirmation of interest from opportunistic investors, especially Anglo-Saxons looking for assets with higher returns. These investors, already active in the French market at the end of the 1990s, are making a concerted reappearance and contributed 5% of the total investment in France in 2013. They also reinvigorated certain areas that had received little interest in recent years, such as offices in the inner suburbs (e.g., CACIB headquarters in Courbevoie bought by Blackstone and River Plaza in Asnières acquired by KKR) and class B industrial properties (Quartz portfolio purchased by Blackstone). Of the €9.7 billion invested in the office sector in France in 2013, €8.6 billion was invested in Paris and Île-de-France, similar to the amount invested in 2012 (€8.8 billion). Investment in inner-Paris office properties (€3.3 billion) declined by 39% year on year and now accounts for only 34% of total investment in French office properties, compared with 53% in 2012 (€5.3 billion). Despite insufficient supply, the high cost of prime assets, and the sharp decline in transactions, Paris remains a preferred destination for many investors from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. In the central business district—where €2.3 billion was invested in 2013, compared with €2.9 in 2012—the most attractive mixed-used and office buildings continue to attract interest from large insurance companies (Crédit Mutuel Assurances, with 42 Friedland) and SWFs (Sofaz, with 8 Place Vendôme). Outside the CBD, only €1 billion was invested, 59% less than in 2012. Few transactions were made in Paris Centre Est (theVivarte headquarters were sold to Foncière de Paris in the 19th, Atria was sold to Unofi in the 10th) or in Paris Rive Gauche. Both markets offered far less supply than in 2012. The largest deals were seen in the 15th district, which has the most office stock in Paris outside the CBD. Total volume was increased by sales from the sector’s largest tenants (90 boulevard Pasteur, sold by Crédit Agricole, and part of the Ponant building, sold by BPCE) and by acquisitions of large refurbished complexes recently let (Tour Mercure, sold to Aviva). Activity was also boosted by investors focused on adding value to certain assets (Tour Mirabeau, sold to Gecina). OFFICES Amounts invested Total investment in the office sector in France amounted to €9.7 billion in 2013, close to the volume recorded in 2012 but 15% less than the ten-year average (€11.4 billion). The only asset class not to have grown year on year, offices accounted for only 64% of investment in 2013, compared with 67% in 2012 and a ten-year average of 74%. Impacted by the poor performance of the rental market and by the significant rise in vacancy rates in certain sectors, the office market was further penalized by strategies of investors aiming to rebalance their portfolios by overweighting retail properties. The office market also suffered from the lack of availability of prime products in the most sought-after districts. 29 avenue de l’Opéra– Paris 1st 11
  10. 10. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication The slowdown in Paris was partially compensated for by recovery in the inner suburbs, where the rebound was especially strong in the Hauts-de-Seine. Volume rose by 77% year on year, thanks to the success of several key tertiary sectors. La Défense turned in its best performance (just under €1 billion invested in 2013) since the beginning of the economic crisis, with two large transactions of more than €200 million each: the acquisition by Primonial Reim of the Tour Adria for €450 million and the acquisition for €228 million of the Tour Pacific by Tishman Speyer for a Canadian investor. The southwestern suburbs and the western business district (WBD) were also active. Investment volumes benefitted from a few very large transactions (acquisition by Hines, for Korean investors, of Sequana in Issy-les-Moulineaux for €315 million), from the acquisition of second-tier buildings with secure long-term leases (Alpha in Boulogne, Verdi in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Andriscos in Neuilly-sur-Seine), and from several large sales of new office space to occupiers (Qatar Sports Investment in La Factory and Boursorama in You, in Boulogne; the Conseil général des Hauts-deSeine in Arena 92). market opening to the benefit of the inner suburbs, several transactions were completed for new or recent less secure buildings (Perspective Défense in Colombes). Investors were less drawn to provincial French markets, except for the Rhône-Alpes region, where annual investment (€720 million) rose by 30% and accounted for 69% of total office investment outside Île-de-France. Driven by the steady demand from French and German investors for new and recent office stock and by the momentum of its lettings market (more than 200,000 sq. m. let in 2013), the Lyon region accounted for 11 of the 16 transactions larger than €20 million outside Paris and Île-de-France in 2013 (Silky in Villeurbanne, Anthémis in Lyon). OFFICE INVESTMENT ACTIVITY IN France (€ BN) 9.7 2003 0 10.0 20% 12.3 4 6.7 40% 5.3 8 10.3 60% 19.5 12 18.2 80% 14.0 16 10.2 100% 8.0 20 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Office investments (€bn) 0% % of sums invested in offices in France Deals larger than €100 million also stimulated less established markets in the Hauts-de-Seine and other départements of the inner suburbs. Investment volume grew year on year in the northern and southern suburbs, where there is high-quality new and recent stock. While Predica’s purchase of the new Orange campus in Châtillon accounted for 42% of total investment in the southern suburbs, activity was more balanced in the northern suburbs. The cost-efficient northern suburbs were the site of eight deals larger than €50 million in 2013 (none in 2012), including the acquisition by BNP Paribas Cardif of Jade in Saint-Denis and the acquisition of Porte du Parc in Saint-Ouen by Primonial Reim. This area has now had several years of successful leases. With the office 12 50 boulevard Haussman - Paris 9th
  11. 11. INVESTMENT A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication EXAMPLES OF OFFICE ACQUISITIONS IN 2013 PROPERTY LOCATION VENDOR PURCHASER Portfolio île-de-France Les Docks Lyonnais ADIA Adria tower La Défense (92) Testa éco-Campus Châtillon (92) Sequana tower PRICE (€ M) AREA (SQ. M.) 580 (est.) 111,000 Primonial Reim 450 54,000 Nexity, Interconstruction Predica 380 72 000 Issy-les-Moulineaux (92) Les Docks Lyonnais Hines (Koreans) 315 42,000 33 Lafayette Paris (75009) Ivanhoe Cambridge Deka 277 28,800 Pacific tower La Défense (92) Ivanhoe Cambridge Tishman Speyer 228 52,900 Technopole Meudon-La-Forêt (92) Commerz Real SMABTP 215 54,300 Nuovo Clichy (92) Nexity BNP Cardif / Sogecap 190 35,000 CACIB hq Courbevoie (92) Crédit Agricole SA Blackstone 188 44,000 Mirabeau tower Paris (75015) Aberdeen Gecina 186 30,300 Jade Saint-Denis (92) Kanam BNP Cardif / Sogecap 170 38,500 Spark Paris (75013) Emerige, AOG Primonial Reim 162 21,700 42 Friedland Paris (75008) Ivanhoe Cambridge Crédit Mutuel Assurances 162 10,500 50-52 boulevard Haussmann Paris (75009) Generali Terreis 138 14,900 Okabé Le Kremlin-Bicêtre (94) Altarea-Cogedim Primonial Reim 121 23,400 River Plaza Asnières-sur-Seine (92) Aberdeen KKR 89 26,700 Anthemis Lyon (69) DeAWM Realis 85 20,000 RETAIL Amounts invested Investment in French retail assets in 2013 amounted to €4 billion, 11% more than in 2012, which had been an outstanding year. The highest since 2007, this amount represents 26% of total investment in France, compared with an annual average of 17% during 2003-2012. The relatively high number of transactions of more than €100 million was due to an influx of quality supply to the French retail market, which attracted foreign funds and large French institutions. Twelve deals of more than €100 million accounted for 51% of total investment in French retail assets in 2013. Several single-asset transactions were completed, but it was portfolio disposals and sale-and-leaseback transactions that accounted for 40% of total investment in retail assets in 2013. The market was also driven by numerous transactions of less than €50 million carried out both in the city center and in the suburbs by SCPIs (BNP Paribas Reim, Amundi, Primonial Reim, etc.). Nonetheless, the solid performance of retail markets did not mask a two-tier phenomenon in the French market. Investors continue to compete for large regional shopping centers, prime retail locations on the most famous thoroughfares, and assets with significant potential for repositioning. On the other hand, obsolete assets and secondary sites have been impacted by the downturn in household consumption and by drawn-out and tougher leasenegotiation tactics by retailers. The rapid development of e-commerce and competition from large, modern shopping complexes also widen the gap in the French market. Asset types Investment in high streets amounted to €1.6 billion (i.e., 39% of total investment in retail assets), a decline of 13% year on year attributable to fewer large transactions. Two transactions larger than €300 million and totaling €825 million were recorded in 2012 (e.g., 52-60 Champs-Élysées, acquired by Qatar for more than €500 million), while the largest deal of 2013 was the acquisition for €260 million of 65-67 Champs-Élysées, a mixed-use building that 13
  12. 12. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication RETAIL INVESTMENT ACTIVITY IN France (€ BN) 100% 4.8 5 80% 60% 40% 1.2 0.8 1 20% 1.2 1.9 1.9 2.3 2 3.6 3 3.3 3.6 4.0 4 0% 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 Retail investments (€bn) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 % of sums invested in retail in France houses the Nike and Tommy Hilfiger flagships. In order to enhance their image or begin development in France, the largest international groups focused on the main thoroughfares of Paris and other major French cities, where the bulk of high-street market activity occurred. In Paris, several large transactions reaffirmed the allure of the Champs-Élysées (65-67, 118, the Levis and Tissot flagships at 76-78) and of luxury boutiques (Dsquared² and Ports 1961 in the Mandarin Oriental, Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston at 6 rue de la Paix, and Dior and Mikimoto at 8 place Vendôme). Elsewhere in France, 2013 was noteworthy for the acquisition by Vastned of a portfolio of six stores (Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, etc.) located on the Cours de l’Intendance and the Rue de la Porte Dijeaux, two of Bordeaux’s busiest thoroughfares. Malls and shopping centers accounted for 37% of total investment in retail properties in 2013 (€1.5 billion), 15% more than in 2012. This solid performance was due mainly to the sale of relatively modern regional shopping centers that were recently refurbished (or whose refurbishment is under way), such as Odysseum in Montpellier, Val Thoiry in Thoiry, and Espace Gramont in Toulouse. Investors are especially interested in these products because of their high long-term yields, low vacancy rates, and, for some assets, high potential for revaluation. Disposals of smaller but highperforming complexes in Paris (Passy Plaza, Bercy Village, Gare de l’Est shopping center) also contributed to activity. In addition, neighborhood shopping is another market segment that has held up during the economic crisis, as confirmed by several acquisitions of shopping malls and by the sale of two portfolios by Immochan and Mercialys to CNP and Amundi. Total investment in retail warehousing in 2013 rose sharply, by 91% year on year, to €980 million. However, these volumes were inflated by large sale-and-leaseback transactions. For example, Vivarte sold 89 outlets to La Française AM for €185 million, and Metro Cash & 14 Carry sold 43 outlets to Hermes Reim for €178 million. Because of investor discretion and the limited number of high-quality assets on the market, transactions for other asset types in the outer suburbs were relatively rare. Investors showed a natural preference for existing supply located in the center of large retail zones and benefiting from the presence of well-known retailers (Parisis Park at La Patte d’Oie in Herblay). Passy Plaza – Paris 16th
  13. 13. INVESTMENT A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication EXAMPLES OF RETAIL ACQUISITIONS IN 2013 TYPE PROPERTY LOCATION VENDOR PURCHASER PRICE (€M) AREA (SQ. M.) Shopping centre Altaprime portfolio (49%) France Altarea-Cogedim Allianz 395 155,800 High street retail 65-67 Champs-élysées* Paris (75008) Shaftesbury AM Thor Equities 260 10,200 Sale and leaseback Vivaldi portfolio France Vivarte La Francaise AM 185 53,700 High street retail Opéra Capucines* Paris (75002) Ofi Reim Generali 178 10,600 Sale and leaseback Metro Cash & Carry portfolio (75%) France Metro Properties Hermes REIM 178 - Gallery/Retail park Sanba portfolio Provinces Immochan CNP 160 48,000 Shopping centre Passy Plaza Paris (75016) Eurocommercial Properties Generali 141 8,100 High street retail 8 place Vendôme* Paris (75001) Axa Real Rstate SOFAZ 135 5,400 High street retail 118 Champs-élysées* Paris (75008) Risanamento Pramerica 135 3,800 Shopping centre Val Thoiry Thoiry (01) Vastned Eurocommercial Properties 105 23,400 High street retail 76-78 Champs-élysées Paris (75008) Archon AG Real Estate 83 3,100 High street retail 43 boulevard des Capucines* Paris (75002) Crédit Foncier Invesco 74 4,900 High street retail 2 flagships at Mandarin Oriental hotel Paris (75001) Société Foncière Lyonnaise Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 73 1,300 Factory outlet Marques Avenue Romans-surIsère (26) CBRE Global Investors AEW Europe (Nami) 51 17,000 High street retail SPIIC portfolio Bordeaux (33) Private Vastned 47 3,250 Retail park Parisis Park Franconville (95) Henderson Global Investors Cordea Savills 40 8,900 * mixed-use asset INDUSTRIAL Amounts invested 80% 3.2 3 2.6 60% 2.1 2 1 1.5 1.3 1.5 40% 2009 2010 0.8 0.7 20% 0.6 Investment in logistics was boosted in 2013, as in 2012, by portfolio disposals.The joint venture between Prologis and NBIM and Icade’s sale of its Logicad portfolio to Apollo accounted for 37% of logistics investments in 2013. In addition, sales of individual assets were more numerous in 2013 than in 2012, with 12 transactions larger 100% 4 0.8 The logistics market comprises the bulk (77%) of the industrial market, because of steady demand for new platforms developed for large in-house logisticians and logistics providers, and of more recent interest shown for class B assets. Logistics thus represents a growing source of diversification for large foreign institutional investors (NBIM, AG Real Estate), and an attractive investment for pure players (Argan, Goodman) and certain opportunistic funds (Blackstone, Apollo). INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT ACTIVITY IN France (€ BN) 0.9 Investment in industrial assets in France in 2013 amounted to €1.5 billion, or 10% of total investment in France. This annual rise of 15% continued a positive trend that began in 2009 (€606 million). 0% 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Industrial investments (€bn) 2008 2011 2012 2013 % of sums invested in industrial in France 15
  14. 14. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Île-de-France and the rest of France is sometimes substantial. The Paris region represented only 30% of total logistics investment in 2013, while the provinces accounted for 70%, mainly because of disposals of large portfolios and market activity in Lyon, Lille, and Marseille. than €20 million in 2013, compared with nine the previous year. This increase reflects the success of large turnkey projects, whose rapid growth meets the cost-cutting and modernization requirements of in-house logisticians in the retail-distribution sector. The acquisitions of two platforms larger than 100,000 sq. m. in Saint-Martin-de-Crau, one leased to Maisons du Monde and sold to Tristan Capital Partners and the other developed for Castorama and sold to AG Real Estate, were two of the most significant transactions in 2013. AG Real Estate also acquired a 60,000 sq. m. site built for Darty in Pusignan, near Lyon. These transactions illustrate the premium paid by investors for the four principal markets on the north-south axis (Lille, Paris, Lyon, and Marseille), which remain the most desirable locations for occupiers because of their proximity to large consumer populations, major roads, and transport infrastructure. The difference in performance between Light industrial premises accounted for a more modest number of large transactions, although a portfolio larger than €100 million was sold on the French market in 2013, raising to 23% the proportion of this asset class’s contribution to total industrial investment. A few sale-and-leaseback transactions also drove the market. The largest was the sale for €60 million by Bouygues Telecom to Digital Realty of three data centers located in Île-deFrance. EXAMPLES OF INDUSTRIAL ACQUISITIONS IN 2013 TYPE PROPERTY LOCATION VENDOR PURCHASER PRICE (€M) AREA (SQ. M.) Logistics Joint-venture France Prologis NBIM 272 544,000 Logistics Logicad portfolio Provinces Icade Apollo 145 370,000 Light industrial Spring portfolio France Axa Reim Northwood Investors 123 266,000 Logistics Castorama turnkey scheme Saint-Martin de Crau (13) PRD AG Real Estate 62 110,500 Light industrial 3-property data center portfolio* Île-de-France Bouygues Telecom Digital Realty Trust 60 8,000 Logistics Maisons du Monde turnkey scheme Saint-Martin de Crau (13) Groupe Carnivor Tristan Capital Partners 56 114,500 Logistics Amazon turnkey scheme Lauwin-Planque (59) Goodman Princeton/Chambers Street 52 88,000 Logistics Quartz portfolio Île-de-France Morgan Stanley Blackstone 37 75,300 Logistics Platform Le Coudray-Montceaux (91) Panhard Developpement Argan 37 52,400 Logistics Darty turnkey scheme Pusignan (69) Vailog France AG Real Estate 34 59,200 * Sale and leaseback 16
  15. 15. Investment A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication YIELDS Prime yields were relatively stable in 2013. Because of the inherent competition among investors for mixed-use buildings, yields remained low to very low for the most iconic assets.Yields of a few emerging sectors in the inner suburbs also experienced downward pressure. The northern suburbs, for example, had little supply of opportunities and were in high demand by occupiers. However, because of the possibility of higher long-term yields and investors’ desire to maintain a consistent risk premium, prime yields should be stable in the months ahead. Yields for the highest-quality office assets in the Paris CBD came to 4.25%. Paris shops yielded around 3.75%, while high-end office properties in La Défense yielded 6%. Certain parts of the western suburbs, particularly Péri-Défense and Boucle de Seine, recorded a rise of 25 basis points year on year because of a deterioration of the lettings market. In Lyon, prime yields for office assets fell to less than 6%, and came to approximately 7.25% for prime logistics assets. PRIME YIELDS IN France % JANUARY 2013 JANUARY 2014 Paris (CBD) 4.50 4.25 Provinces (Lyon) 6.00 5.90 Shops 4.00 3.75 Shopping centres 5.00 5.00 Retail parks 6.25 6.00 Logistics 7.30 7.25 Light industrial 8.50 8.25 AVERAGE 5.94 5.77 OFFICES RETAIL INDUSTRIAL OUTLOOK FOR THE INVESTMENT MARKET The year 2013 confirmed the robustness of the French investment market for office property, a trend expected to continue in 2014. Although a lack of fiscal visibility and weakening lettings markets may slow business, the overall investment volume should be higher in 2014 than in 2013. Several large and very large transactions are near completion, a reflection of the ample available cash and strong appetite of long-term institutional investors (insurers, SWFs) for core assets. Even assets that are less secure will benefit from efforts made by sellers and interest shown by opportunistic investors, thereby confirming the French market’s capacity to attract a wide variety of investors. 4 place de l’Opéra – Paris 2nd 17
  16. 16. 02 îLE-DE-FRANCE OFFICE MARKET ” Although GDP rose slightly in 2013, the large number of corporate bankruptcies and ongoing job destruction affirm that the French economy is far from recovering. The morose business climate has prompted many companies to renegotiate their leases instead of vacating, with a depressing effect on take-up in 2013 (down 17% from a year earlier). Transactions greater than 4,000 sq. m.—the usual market staple—were few and far between. This downturn further added to the net increase in available stock, already swollen from the steady production of new and redeveloped properties and from releases of office stock ill adapted to corporate requirements for cost-cutting and modernization. Take-up in Île-de-France (sq. m.) 3 000 000 3 000 000 2 500 000 2 500 000 2 000 000 2 000 000 1 500 000 1 500 000 4 000 4 000 2 791 622 2 791 622 2 656 443 2 656 443 2 049 452 2 049 452 1 937 638 1 937 638 1 742 328 1 742 328 2 114 2 114 2 317 2 317 3 306 3 306 2 893 2 893 2 357 403 2 357 403 2 784 2 784 1 752 665 1 752 665 2 314 2 314 3 000 3 000 2 098 351 2 098 351 2 091 864 2 091 864 2 498 2 498 3 500 3 500 2 321 082 2 321 082 1 743 102 2 500 1 743 102 2 500 2 590 2 590 2 271 2 271 2 264 2 264 2 033 2 033 1 500 1 500 1 000 000 1 000 000 51% 51% 500 000 500 000 2 000 2 000 46% 46% 44% 44% 43% 43% 2003 2003 2004 2004 2005 2005 42% 42% 11 000 000 49% 49% 45% 45% 51% 51% 45% 45% 50% 50% 2011 2012 2012 41% 41% 0 0 500 500 00 Take-up (sq. m.) Take-up (sq. m.) 2006 2006 2007 2007 2008 2008 2009 2009 Take-up > 4,000 sq. m. (share in %) Take-up > 4,000 sq. m. (share in %) 2010 Number of transactions transactions 2013 2013
  17. 17. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication THE îLE-DE-FRANCE OFFICE SUBMARKETS Southwestern Suburbs Southern Suburbs Roissyen-France Eastern Suburbs A1 Western Business District (WBD) Tremblay- Boucle de Seine Northern Suburbs A104 en France Gonesse A15 Paris Rive Gauche Paris CBD Aulnaysous-Bois A86 Paris Centre Est Gennevilliers Bezons La GarenneColombes A14 Le Bourget Drancy A1 St-Ouen Bobigny XVIII XVII XIX SaintCloud A12 Le PréSt-Gervais Les Lilas II e ein III I VII IV Vincennes StMandé Issy-les Moulineaux Sèvres A86 Meudon V XV Billancourt NeuillyPlaisance Montreuil XX XI VI Boulogne- Rosnysous-Bois A3 Bagnolet X VIII S La A86 Paris Suresnes XVI Aubervilliers Pantin LevalloisPerret La Défense Neuillysur-Seine Puteaux IX RueilMalmaison A3 A86 La Courneuve St-Denis Clichy Courbevoie Nanterre VilleneuvelaGarenne AsnièressurBoisColombes Seine Colombes Villepinte Le BlancMesnil La Défense Fontenaysous-Bois B XIV XIII rd Pér iphé riq Malakoff Montrouge ue Gentilly Le Kremlin Arcueil Bicêtre Châtillon Bagneux Cachan Noisy-leGrand Nogentsur-Marne XII Vanves ouleva Neuilly-surMarne Charentonle-Pont Champignysur-Marne Ivry-sur-Seine A4 Villejuif A6 A86 OCCUPIER DEMAND A total of 1,743,102 sq. m. of office space was let or sold to occupiers in 2013, a decline of 17% from the previous year (2,098,351 sq. m.) and 20% below the ten-year average (2,179,885 sq. m.). The continual fall in the number of transactions—2,033 in 2013, down from 2,271 in 2012 and 2,590 in A6 2011—does not fully explain the poor performance of the Île-deA10 France office market in 2013, which is attributable mainly to a dearth of large transactions.There were only 66 transactions larger than 4,000 sq. m. in 2013, compared with 90 on average every year during the period 2003–2012. The total amount of take-up also fell 20 significantly. With 717,592 sq. m. let in 2013, compared with 1,044,379 sq. m. in 2012 (-31%), large transactions accounted for only 41% of total take-up, compared with 50% the previous year. Large turnkey transactions, which boosted take-up in the period 2009–2012 (Crédit Agricole at Evergreen in Montrouge, Thalès in Gennevilliers, Carrefour in Massy, SFR in Saint-Denis, and Orange in Châtillon), were especially rare. However, the share of new and redeveloped buildings in total takeup of properties larger than 4,000 sq. m. rose to 73% (67% in 2012). Attributable to availabilities in new large office complexes on the market (SAP in So Ouest in Levallois-Perret, Orange in Eastview in
  18. 18. offices A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Bagnolet, etc.), this increase also stresses the success of new urban property-development sectors, such as ZAC Paris Nord-Est in Paris (Rectorat de Paris in the Visalto), or Le Trapèze in BoulogneBillancourt (Boursorama in You, BBDO in Ardeko, PSG in La Factory). Some of these large development projects helped sustain the market for sales to occupiers, at a time when there was a sharp fall in the volume of office stock acquired by SMEs.The total surface area transacted in owner-occupier sales was therefore 12% below the ten-year average. Despite interest rates at historic lows and an economic environment that highlights the safe-haven value of property, SMEs continued to play a game of wait-and-see, partly because of constant financial duress and partly because of more difficult negotiations between buyers and sellers. Trends in take-up (> 4,000 sq. m.) according to reason for relocating Paris were less common. In order to transfer some of its Paris employees to Saint-Denis, SNCF moved operations to City One and Innovatis 2 in 2012, and to Le Monet in 2013. Transactions in 2013 in Île-de-France thereby confirmed the importance of real estate as a driver for organizational and managerial efficiency, aside from the sole consideration of the cost of each work station. Systematic analysis of team productivity, corporate image, and proximity to customers are now used to make the most of a relocation and to mitigate any hidden costs. Given the power of unions and employees’ higher expectations of their working environment, social factors are closely examined. This explains the importance given to the comfort of the workplace, the quality of the surrounding neighborhood, and convenience of public transport. Trends in take-up (> 4,000 sq. m.) according to rent 1% 1% 10% Consolidations 45% 11% Cost Cuttings 9% 150-249 €/sq.m. Extensions 43% Merger/Demerger 250-349 €/sq.m. 19% 33% Other 450-549 €/sq.m. 28% Nearly all transactions in 2013 confirmed the vital importance that occupiers place on cutting their property costs. Consolidation and cost-cutting operations— implemented by large groups concerned about maintaining their profitability—accounted for 88% of total take-up greater than 4,000 sq. m. in 2013, compared with 89% in 2012. Several companies reduced the number of sites occupied, trading them for large new or redeveloped properties (Orange in Bagnolet, General Council of the Hauts de Seine département in Nanterre, SAP at So Ouest in Levallois-Perret) or secondhand supply that allowed them to maintain a Paris address while optimizing costs (Keolis at 20–22 rue Le Peletier in Paris 9th). A few occupiers even consolidated operations in order to move closer to the center of the Paris conurbation (e.g., SCA Hygiene Products in Eurosquare 1 in Saint-Ouen). Companies moving further away from the center of 350-449 €/sq.m. >550 €/sq.m. In 2013, transactions in the €250–349 / sq. m. / year bracket accounted for most lettings larger than 4,000 sq. m. in Île-de-France (33%, compared with 38% in 2012). As in 2012, this high proportion testifies to the success of cost-efficient markets that offer good value for money and provide convenient accessibility. Occupiers preferred recent and refurbished buildings in certain municipalities of the Hauts-de-Seine département near La Défense (EDF in Le Carillon in Nanterre,Technip in Newside in La Garenne-Colombes). The importance of this price bracket also ensured success for the best offers of the northern suburbs, whether for new office space (SNCF in Le Monet and the Haute Autorité de Santé in Green Corner in Saint-Denis) or for high-quality refurbished office space (SCA Hygiene Products in Eurosquare 1 in Saint-Ouen). 21
  19. 19. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication reached €700 / sq. m. / year in 2013, a first since 2005. At the other extreme, transactions smaller than €249 / sq. m. / year were also fewer than in the previous year, a sign of flat rental activity in the most far-flung areas of the Paris conurbation. Occupiers have also lost interest in secondhand supply in less well-established areas of the inner suburbs. Trends in take-up according to geographic sector between 2012 and 2013 (%) 23 % 8% Comprising only 11% of total transactions larger than 4,000 sq. m. in 2013 (9% in 2012), the proportion of transactions larger than €550 / sq. m. / year remained insignificant. This modest share is less a reflection of occupiers’ loss of interest in more upscale assets than a consequence of a very small number of large deals completed at this price level (five in 2013, compared with 10 in 2012 and 12 in 2011) and a shortage of quality supply in the most desirable areas of Paris. Although lettings by Hermès of 10–12 rue d’Anjou in the 8th district and by CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre of 2–8 rue Ancelle in Neuilly-sur-Seine helped reaffirm the value of the highest-quality assets in Paris and the WBD, no transactions larger than 4,000 sq. m. 22 -10 % Northern suburbs -13 % Paris Rive Gauche La Défense Other -8 % Eastern suburbs WBD -5 % Southern suburbs Paris CBD Paris Centre Est Southwestern suburbs Nevertheless, the most significant change in 2013 was the proportionate rise of transactions in the €350–449 / sq. m. / year bracket, which increased from 22% in 2012 to 28% in 2013. This growth was due to transactions by occupiers aiming to reduce their property costs while maintaining a central address: Paris government administrations required to remain in town (Rectorat de Paris in Le Visalto, ANR at 50 avenue Daumesnil) and, in the southwestern suburbs, companies aiming to expand within their original sector or adjacent sectors (Sagem in Arcs de Seine and Atlantis TV in the Alpha in Boulogne). Yet transactions in the €350–449 / sq. m. / year bracket increased mainly for lettings of large refurbished properties in La Défense (EDF with 21,481 sq. m. in the Tour Blanche, Fidal with 13,628 sq. m. in the Tour Prisma). Such lettings provide occupiers with an address in a major business district as well as highperformance buildings at a more moderate price.Transactions in the €450–549 / sq. m. / year bracket rose for the same reasons. Occupiers in major sectors in the western suburbs were able to modernize their properties while lowering costs (e.g., lettings of large new and redeveloped stock by SAP at So Ouest in LevalloisPerret and by Coca-Cola at Noda in Issy-les-Moulineaux). Boucle de Seine 5% Alegria – Neuilly-sur-Seine (92) -28 % -39 % -40 % -48 % Take-up in 2013 in inner Paris was 11% less than in 2012 and well under (-21%) the ten-year average.The total number of transactions larger than 4,000 sq. m. in Paris reached a low not seen since 2008, an indication of the challenges facing SMEs and the tendency of large occupiers to renegotiate their leases instead of vacating. Above all, this trend reveals the effects of the scarcity of available new and redeveloped supply. Occupiers in the most prestigious neighborhoods seized upon the few available redevelopment projects, thereby improving their comfort and reducing occupancy costs while retaining a desirable address (Hermès at 10−12 rue d’Anjou, DS Avocats in Six’In). Other companies wishing to remain in or move to Paris opted for quality secondhand stock (Keolis at 20−22 rue Le Peletier) or redeveloped office space in less central and less expensive neighborhoods within the CBD (DDB at 73−75 rue La Condamine). Several large development projects were also carried out in new areas (Paris Nord Est, ZAC ClichyBatignolles). The prime beneficiaries were large public institutions (e.g., Rectorat de Paris, Tribunal de Grande Instance), which were able to lower their real estate costs. Such operations buffered the decline in take-up in Paris and stood in contrast with the limited number of solutions offered by the traditional business districts.
  20. 20. offices A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication The southwestern suburbs were the only submarket of the inner suburbs to see a rise in take-up (+23%). Several transactions reaffirmed the success of new tertiary sectors (Le Trapèze in Boulogne-Billancourt, the Bords de Seine neighborhood in Issy-lesMoulineaux). Occupiers seized lettings opportunities in new property developments to modernize their offices (e.g., Coca-Cola in Noda, Boursorama in You, BBDO in Ardeko). The southwestern suburbs continued to command strong loyalty. They also proved attractive to Paris-based companies confronted with scarce supply of quality assets and eager to lower property costs without overly compromising their image. Other markets in the western suburbs were flat. La Défense had its worst year in a decade, with just 96,509 sq. m. let in 2013. Usually driven by lettings of large and very large properties, La Défense was hurt by the very small number of deals larger than 4,000 sq. m. (four, and only one greater than 20,000 sq. m.). La Défense was also penalized by the lack of lettings of new and redeveloped supply. Large tenants saved money by agreeing to measures granted by landlords to minimize the vacancy rates of their properties. Of total take-up in 2013, 82% was for refurbished buildings. Occupiers were thus able to modernize their buildings at relatively low cost (Fidal in the Tour Prisma, EDF in the Tour Blanche, Egencia in the Tour Egée). In contrast with trends observed at La Défense, the success of new stock helped to cushion the fall in demand in the WBD. Five leases were signed for new buildings larger than 10,000 sq. m., including CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre 2−8 rue Ancelle in Neuilly, SAP in So Ouest, and CG 92 in Arena 92. Area Prima – Châtillon (92) In 2013, other sectors of the inner suburbs played a less active role than in recent years, despite an economic context that favored costcutting initiatives by occupiers. The downturn of cost-efficient markets should be put into perspective, and is no doubt related to the decline of certain business sectors and to fewer large and very large transactions. Despite a decline in the number of new large properties available—the result of successful lettings in 2011 and 2012—the northern suburbs continued to see large new leases in Saint-Denis (SNCF in Le Monet and the HAS in Green Corner), Saint-Ouen (SCA Hygiene Products in Eurosquare 1, SVP in Dock en Seine) and in other communes of the Seine-Saint-Denis département (DHL in Le Mermoz in Le Bourget). Trends in take-up (> 4,000 sq. m.) according to business sector 5% 13% Public sector 25% Banking-Insurance Communication Advisory 22% Manufacturing-Distribution 25% 6% 4% IT Services The public sector, banking and insurance, and manufacturing and distribution continued to dominate activity in 2013 and accounted for 72% of total take-up greater than 4,000 sq. m. in Île-de-France, compared with an average of 71% for the period 2003−2012.There were, however, large differences in performance among the sectors. The most significant change concerned the manufacturingdistribution sector, whose decline was triggered by a sharp fall in transactions of more than 4,000 sq. m. (16 in 2013, compared with 43 in 2012) and by the absence of large turnkey operations that had boosted volume in recent years (Thalès in Vélizy in 2012, Carrefour in Massy, and Thalès in Gennevilliers in 2010). Consequently the sector represented only 155,581 sq. m. let or sold to occupiers in 2013 (22% of total take-up), compared with 447,596 sq. m. in 2012 (43%)—a significant difference explained partly by the downturn in large transactions in Île-de-France in general and by the mixed results of several business sectors in the inner and outer suburbs. With 171,113 sq. m. let or sold in 2013, the proportion of bankinginsurance occupiers rose from 15% in 2012 to 25% year on year, a similar level to that of the public sector. However, the sector’s dominant position—its first since the beginning of the financial crisis—was the result mainly of the decline of the manufacturingdistribution sector. Therefore volume let by occupiers in banking and insurance remained largely under the ten-year average (245,118 sq. m.). Although the weakening economic climate continues to slow large French banks, it has encouraged some of them to accelerate cost-cutting measures. For example, at the same time that Crédit Agricole announced the closing of over 50 of its 23
  21. 21. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication agencies in Île-de-France by 2015, the bank expanded its campuses in Montrouge and Guyancourt. The construction of two new buildings (Eole and Alsace) will allow Crédit Agricole to accommodate a greater number of its employees in these buildings and to share numerous services and facilities. In contrast with the trend in the financial sector of relocating employees to the suburbs, insurance companies and private health insurers stood out by taking the opposite tack and moving back into Paris (acquisition by the Fonds de Garantie of a stake in the Trio Daumesnil project). RENTAL VALUES Trends in prime rental values according to geographic sector (€ / sq. m. / year) 900 €/m² 2012 823 800 €/m² 2013 753 679 680 700 €/m² 600 €/m² 514 500 €/m² 498 488 417 464 463 417 429 400 €/m² 357 315 310 300 €/m² 310 277 292 294 257 200 €/m² 100 €/m² 0 €/m² Le Garance – Paris 20th Just as the banking-insurance sector had done, the public sector benefited from the decline of the manufacturing-distribution sector to raise its share in total take-up of properties larger than 4,000 sq. m. each (25% in 2013, compared with 16% in 2012), despite the total surface area let being similar to that of 2012. Seven transactions for properties greater than 4,000 sq. m. each were recorded in Paris, including the Banque Publique d’Investissement at 6−8 Haussmann, which together mitigated the decline of take-up in Paris. The few transactions outside Paris were mostly in SaintDenis, where the SNCF further lowered its property costs by letting Monet (after letting Innovatis 2 and City One in 2012), and where HAS let 12,400 sq. m. in Green Corner. In addition, the Conseil Général des Hauts-de-Seine acquired 31,000 sq. m. in Nanterre as part of the Arena 92 project, whose purpose is to regroup employees currently working at several sites in Nanterre. The project is expected to be completed by 2016. Municipal elections in 2014 will probably lower the number of new transactions from the local governments. On the other hand, several development projects may accelerate the French State’s cost-cutting policy, thereby helping to realize its objectives for lower public spending. Paris CBD Paris Rive Gauche La Défense WBD Southwestern Paris Centre suburbs Est Northern suburbs Southern suburbs Boucle de Seine Eastern suburbs Prime rental values in Île-de-France stood at €753 / sq. m. / year on December 31, 2013, 10% lower than a year earlier because of the small number of transactions for prime Paris assets. The scarcity of high-quality supply worsened over the year, forcing occupiers in professions with high added value (e.g., luxury goods) to pay top prices if they wanted to seize the last opportunities available in Paris’s most desirable districts (Christian Dior in Capital 8). The test will be the letting of the most expensive assets (1 Euler, 3−5 Friedland) in the Etoile district—where there is usually very little supply—which may mark the beginning of a return to levels of rental values seen in recent years. Yet the market for prestigious assets is far from representative of the trends observed in the rest of Île-de-France, where a diversity of rental values is still the rule. Values may vary widely within the same tertiary sector, depending on a given building’s location, its fundamental quality, and the owner’s letting strategy. As a general rule, incentives have played a critical role in tenant-landlord relations, with landlords granting more generous rent-free periods. Occupiers are able to use negotiation tactics to their advantage, widening the gap between headline rents and economic values. Some landlords displayed increasing flexibility in order to retain their tenants. This tendency resulted in a more widespread adoption of ILAT1 and in the renegotiation of numerous leases. Without a firmer upturn in the economy and a clear improvement in demand, these trends will continue to slow the rise in total volume of office space let over the next few months. Rent index for tertiary activities. 1 24
  22. 22. offices A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication AVAILABLE and future SUPPLY 5 000 000 9,0 % 8,2 7,9 7,4 1 000 000 0 500 000 56% 56% 56% 56% 2003 2004 2003 Total stock 2003 2004 2004 Total stock After the modest amount of office space completed in Îlede-France in 2012 (570,000 sq. m.), developments completed in 2013 totaled 750,000 sq. m., an annual increase of 32%. Concentrated at 40% in three western sectors (La Défense, the southwestern suburbs, and the Boucle de Seine), this construction volume is still far from the record set in 2009 (1.3 million sq. m.). Nearly 60% of the total volume is for development projects partially or fully pre-let (e.g., Cityzen in Bois-Colombes, Solstys in the 8th district), or turnkey schemes for large occupiers (first phase of new SFR headquarters in Saint-Denis, new Carrefour headquarters in Massy). This change nonetheless confirms the increasing construction activity in the Paris region. There were 2.03 million sq. m. under construction at December 31, 2013, compared with 1.5 million sq. m. a year earlier. Part of the new volume is attributable to speculative schemes, although there were also a few turnkey projects (Ministry of Defense in Balard, Orange éco-campus in Châtillon). Several significant projects are under construction in Paris: 46,000 sq. m. developed by AXA, near the Ministry of Defense; 38,000 sq. m. (Cardinal) developed by SFL in the 2nd district; and 25,000 sq. m. (Millénaire 4) launched by Icade in the Parc du Millénaire. 57% 25% 57% 25% 2005 54% 20% 54% 2006 20% 5.7 54% 25% 54% 54% 2007 6.6 56% 30% 56% 2008 30% 58% 58% 27% 25% 58% 27% 2009 27% 58% 2006 Total stock > 4,000 sq. m. 2007 2008 2009 New-redeveloped supply (all sizes) 57% 57% 24% 57% 25% 2010 24% 2011 25% 25% 20% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Surfaces >4000 m² Stock neuf/restructuré (toutes surfaces) 2005 7.1 58% 56% 30% 25% 58% 7,1 7.9 24% 3 869 380 3 869 380 3 869 380 5,7 8.0 7,9 3 720 902 3 720 902 3 720 902 3 290 764 3 290 764 3 290 764 54% 25% 0 Increase in construction activity in the Paris region 57% 56% 56% 6,6 6,5 6.5 2 794 676 2 794 676 2 794 676 1 500 000 500 000 7.1 7.1 6.7 3 133 113 3 133 113 3 133 113 2 000 000 1 000 000 3 413 681 3 413 681 3 413 681 2 500 000 1 500 000 3 383 320 3 383 320 3 383 320 3 000 000 2 000 000 6,7 3 117 655 3 117 655 3 117 655 3 500 000 2 500 000 5,7 7,1 7,1 8,0 4 066 053 4 066 053 4 066 053 6,5 4 500 000 3 500 000 4 000 000 3 000 000 6,6 4 103 109 4 103 109 4 103 109 7,1 7,1 7,1 Trends in supply and vacancy rate in Île-de-France 6,7 5 000 000 4 000 000 7,4 7.4 57% 57% 23% 57% 23% 2012 23% 8,0 % 4 367 965 4 367 965 4 367 965 8,0 4 500 000 8,2 8.2 57% 9,0 % 7,0 % 8,0 % 6,0 % 7,0 % 5,0 % 6,0 % 4,0 % 5,0 % 3,0 % 57% 25% 57% 4,0 % 2,0 % 3,0 % 1,0 % 25% 2013 25% 2,0 % 0,0 % 1,0 % 0,0 % 2010 2011 2012 2013 Taux de vacance à moins de 6 mois 2010 2011 2012 2013 Vacancy rate within 6 months (%) Available supply within six months continued to rise in 2013. With a total of 4,367,965 sq. m. at the end of the fourth quarter (+13% year on year and +17% over two years) and a vacancy rate of 8.2%, available supply within six months has reached an all-time high. This general trend, however, masks significant differences among geographic sectors. Available supply rose moderately in Paris (+9% in the first nine months of 2013), where the small number of new developments compensated partially for the release of secondhand stock. However, some tertiary sectors in the inner suburbs have experienced substantial growth year on year. This was especially the case in La Défense, where the vacancy rate (14.1%) reached an all-time high and available supply represented four times the amount of take-up (annual average since 2009). Such are the combined effects of releases, the slowdown of lettings processes, and the completion of large new/redeveloped property complexes on overall available supply in Île-de-France. Secondhand available space rose 12% in 2013.The continued release of obsolete assets widened the gap between them and assets that meet the latest standards for energy efficiency, flexibility, and workplace comfort. The weak economy and new releases will bring even more secondhand inventory onto the market in the months ahead. Consequently, the declining quality of stock will raise questions about the future of obsolete properties, namely the change in use of office buildings.This was the case in Paris, where 393,000 sq. m. were transformed into residential properties during the period 2001−20122. While high-quality stock is still in relatively short supply, new and redeveloped assets have increased year on year. Such assets account for 25% of total available supply within six months, compared with 23% a year earlier. Large buildings completed in 2013 are still not fully let, especially in western Île-de-France (Eqho in La Défense, In & Out in Boulogne-Billancourt, etc.), while new, large, speculative schemes are due to be completed in the first half of 2014 (Majunga in La Défense, Défense Autrement in La Garenne-Colombes, Fairway in Montrouge). 2 APUR, Transformation of Paris Offices into Residences (Transformations de bureaux en logements à Paris), July 2013. 25
  23. 23. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication Future supply to 2016 2 500 000 2 000 000 2 088 350 1 500 000 1 000 000 1 352 319 591 969 500 000 470 197 291 294 0 2014 2015 2016 Volume of secure future supply > 10,000 sq. m. Volume of likely future supply > 10,000 sq. m. Average take-up >5,000 sq. m. over the past 5 years Average take-up >10,000 sq. m. over the past 5 years The total volume of definite future supply of space over 10,000 sq. m. in 2014 (1,352,319 sq. m.) largely outweighs the average take-up figure of office space over 5,000 sq. m. (865,438 sq. m.) of the past five years. This imbalance is made up of supply which was unabsorbed in 2013 (unabsorbed supply is deferred to 2014), new releases, and occasional launches of speculative schemes.A clear-cut recovery in demand seems unlikely in the short term. Competition among tertiary sectors to attract occupiers is therefore expected to grow more heated, despite significant differences in volume and quality of stock in each geographic area. may be restored, after State-owned assets have been put on the market (10 boulevard de Grenelle) and 46,000 sq. m. launched by AXA at the Balard site. The ZAC Rive Gauche has also been a victim of its own success. With new supply on hold until the completion of the first projects in the Austerlitz-Tolbiac and Masséna-Bruneseau sectors, the more residential neighborhoods of Paris Centre Est and Paris Rive Gauche (e.g., Pushed Slab in the 13th, Parisquare in the 11th, and the Garance in the 20th) could enjoy greater absorption of large properties. Future supply for inner Paris remains relatively limited. Most new projects will not be completed before 2016−2017 (Samaritaine and Poste du Louvre in the CBD, expansion of major development zones such as ZAC Clichy-Batignolles and ZAC Rive Gauche), although Parisian occupiers will have access to high-quality property solutions by the end of 2015. There will be more redeveloped supply in the eastern part of the CBD (26 Drouot, Cardinal) than in the highly valued Etoile district (1 Euler, 3−5 Friedland), where some companies may attempt to renegotiate their leases in order to lower short-term property costs. In addition to several refurbished and secondhand buildings (Paris Bourse), this new inflow may be to the advantage of cost-conscious occupiers less dependent on a prestigious address. The conditions are slightly different in the Left Bank, where immediate alternatives have been virtually nonexistent since the absorption of several prestigious projects in the 7th district (103 Grenelle, 23−25 rue de l’Université, Laennec) and the gradual letting of refurbished buildings in the 15th (Tour Cristal). In 2015, a more balanced offering in the 15th district The WBD and La Défense account for 36% of total future supply greater than 10,000 sq. m. outside Paris proper through 2015. This figure reflects ongoing releases and the importance of projects under development. The inflow of high-quality supply to Neuillysur-Seine could fulfill the needs of occupiers facing a scarcity of supply in the western part of the CBD. Usually undersupplied, this market offers, in addition to smaller refurbished properties (164 Perretti), three projects larger than 10,000 sq. m. One of them, Alegria, is ideally located near avenue Charles de Gaulle. LevalloisPerret also offers redeveloped (So Ouest Plaza) and refurbished (Libertis, Espace Seine, Carré Champerret) large spaces that could compete with those of Boulogne-Billancourt. Because of opportunities created by large, recently redeveloped corporate headquarters (In & Out) and by the just-completed first projects of the second phase of Trapèze (Kinetik, the remaining space in Ardeko), Boulogne could continue to drive activity in the southwestern suburbs in 2014, after numerous large transactions in 2013. 26 Primopera – Paris 9th
  24. 24. offices A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication The largest spaces of the WBD will also have to compete with new, redeveloped, and renovated office towers of La Défense. La Défense offers occupiers a wide range of solutions. A few new buildings (Carpe Diem, D2, Majunga), the remaining recently redeveloped office towers (First), and several very high-quality secondhand buildings (Cœur Défense, W) all meet the needs of companies seeking prestigious headquarters that are conveniently located, energy efficient, and comfortable. For occupiers in the sector or in less established tertiary sectors nearby, there are several refurbished or secondhand assets that could provide them the opportunity to modernize their offices at a reasonable cost. For refurbished and secondhand buildings at La Défense, the adjustment of rental values and the larger incentives granted will be even more decisive than some of the new supply in nearby sectors with easy access to public transport. The WBD (Nework in Nanterre) and the south of the Boucle de Seine (La GarenneColombes, Colombes) both provide viable alternatives. Enhanced by the extension of the T2 tramway line, the south of the Boucle de Seine in particular could benefit from the completion of new quality projects (West Plaza). Other emerging districts of the inner suburbs could outperform. Certain municipalities of the southern Hauts-deSeine département have a good image, significant new, inexpensive supply, and easy access thanks to the extension of the Métro line 4 and tramway line 6. The markets in Montrouge (Fairway), Châtillon (Area Prima), and Malakoff (White) are emerging as potential costefficient options for occupiers of more established tertiary sectors nearby with little supply, such as Paris’s southern districts and the neighboring town of Issy-les-Moulineaux. The north of the Boucle de Seine should remain a naturally costefficient sector for occupiers aiming to lower their costs significantly while having access to a Métro line.The area’s most attractive offers, such as Pointe Métro 2 in Gennevilliers, are enhanced by the scarcity of high-quality supply in Saint-Denis. After two years of steady rental activity, the supply of new large properties in Saint-Denis has dried up drastically. By the end of 2015, the town will have only two buildings of more than 10,000 sq. m. and nothing larger than 20,000 sq. m. In the longer term, land opportunities in Saint-Denis should provide development of large high-quality properties that match the needs of occupiers. Until then, the scarcity of the SaintDenis market will play to the advantage of other towns in the northern suburbs, such as Pantin (Pantin Elis) and Saint-Ouen (Eurosquare 2). As for the eastern suburbs, they are one of the emerging districts with the least supply in Île-de-France. New and redeveloped stock larger than 10,000 sq. m. to be available by the end of 2015 can be counted on the fingers of one hand. After Orange’s letting of Eastview in Bagnolet in 2013 and pending the launch of Altaïs Evolution in Montreuil, this sector will offer only one building of more than 20,000 sq. m. on the future property market (Tour 9 in Montreuil). West Plaza – Colombes (92) OUTLOOK Economic recovery in France will no doubt be too sluggish to stimulate consumption of office space in 2014. With companies continuing to renegotiate their leases instead of relocating, the volume of take-up should remain under the ten-year average. Consequently the Île-de-France market will have significant quantities of available space, leading to increased competition among tertiary sectors to attract occupiers.Yet the influx of supply could also serve as a catalyst for a more general recovery aided by the easing of leasing conditions on the outskirts and by the launch of redevelopment projects for large, well-located properties in Paris. Reflecting a healthier balance between available supply and occupiers’ search criteria, this change will strengthen the appeal of office supply offering energy efficiency and services at a reasonable price that matches corporate cost-cutting targets. High-quality refurbished and secondhand supply with excellent links to public transport could also stand out. Such stock fulfills the needs of occupiers seeking a substantial reduction in rent or aiming to relocate in a more established tertiary sector at the lowest possible cost. 27
  25. 25. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication key lease transactions in 2013 submarket BUILDING / LOCATION TENANT AREA (SQ. M.) WBD Arena 92 / Nanterre (92) Conseil Général des Hauts-de-Seine 31,000 WBD So Ouest / Levallois-Perret (92) SAP 27,900 WBD Nuovo / Clichy (92) L’Oréal 25,000 Eastern suburbs Eastview / Bagnolet (93) Orange 24,700 LA DéFENSE Tour Blanche / Courbevoie (92) ERDF 21,480 NORthern suburbs Le Monet / Saint-Denis (93) SNCF 20,000 WBD 2-8 rue Ancelle / Neuilly-sur-Seine (92) CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre 16,500 BOUCLE DE SEINE Newside / La Garenne-Colombes (92) Technip 16,000 PARIS CENTRE EST Visalto / Paris (75019) Rectorat de Paris 15,200 SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS Bords de Seine 2 / Issy-les-Moulineaux (92) La Banque Postale 14,100 LA DéFENSE Tour Prisma / Courbevoie (92) Fidal 13,600 SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS Noda / Issy-les-Moulineaux (92) Coca-Cola 13,400 PARIS CBD 6-8 Haussmann / Paris (75009) Banque Publique d’Investissement 10,500 SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS You / Boulogne-Billancourt (92) Boursorama 8,800 Southern suburbs Aristide / Bagneux (92) Air Liquide 7,100 NORthern suburbs Eurosquare 1 / Saint-Ouen (93) SCA Hygiene Products 6,600 NORthern suburbs Le Mermoz / Le Bourget (93) DHL 6,400 PARIS RIVE GAUCHE Tour Cristal / Paris (75015) Altedia 5,900 PARIS RIVE GAUCHE Spark / Paris (75013) Aldebaran Robotics 4,800 Île-de-france office-market indicators SUBMARKET TAKE-UP (SQ. M.) 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 PARIS CBD 424,836 404,813 823 753 7.3 7.9 PRIME RENT (€ / SQ. M. / YEAR) VACANCY RATE (%) PARIS CENTRE EST 99,167 107,321 417 429 4.3 5.3 PARIS RIVE GAUCHE 163,183 97,427 679 680 5.0 5.3 LA DÉFENSE 158,804 96,509 514 498 7.9 14.1 WBD 289,044 265,934 417 488 12.6 13.4 BOUCLE DE SEINE 56,320 58,929 277 292 14.4 17.1 SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS 138,800 170,566 464 463 10.1 10.3 Eastern suburbs 53,712 46,956 294 257 8.1 7.4 NORthern suburbs 231,586 119,297 315 310 7.9 7.3 Southern suburbs 145,159 131,310 357 310 7.9 9.4 OTHER SUBMARKETS 337,740 244,040 244 248 5.6 6.0 TOTAL ÎLE-DE-FRANCE 2,098,351 1,743,102 838 753 7.4 8.2 28
  26. 26. Les marchés immobilierS français études & Recherche Cushman & Wakefield PERSPECTIVES Après l’embellie passagère de 2011, l’année 2012 a marqué une contraction du marché des bureaux d’Ile-de-France, illustrée par la remontée sensible de l’offre disponible et le fléchissement de la demande des utilisateurs. Si l’envolée du taux de chômage est généralement moins marquée en région parisienne qu’au niveau national, les perspectives économiques ne permettent pas d’espérer une franche reprise de la consommation de surfaces de bureaux dans les prochains mois. Elles augurent au contraire d’un plus grand attentisme des utilisateurs, qui pèsera sur l’évolution de la demande placée. Contraintes de poursuivre la réduction de leurs coûts immobiliers, les grandes entreprises continueront toutefois d’absorber les bureaux neufs ou de seconde-main de qualité d’Ile-de-France, au profit des marchés les plus établis qui offrent encore quelques rares opportunités d’implantation ou des marchés tertiaires disposant de bureaux neufs bien reliés aux transports. 29
  27. 27. 03 FRENCH LOGISTICSWAREHOUSES MARKET 45% 35% 31% 20% 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 France Paris region 2,170,000 39% 1,800,000 25% 2,400,000 27% 1,760,000 45% 1,600,000 2,600,000 34% 2,200,000 30% 2,000,000 25% 1,500,000 2,600,000 Take-up in France (sq. m.) 1,000,000 ” The French logistics-warehouses market recovered in 2013. Total take-up increased by 21% year on year, to 2.17 million sq. m., a performance that should nonetheless be put in perspective.Volumes were inflated by large turnkey projects of in-house logisticians in the retail-distribution sector, and the total number of transactions has been in decline since 2011. As in 2012, take-up in Île-de-France, France’s leading logistics center, was well below the average of the past ten years. This slowdown reflects the challenges faced by a rental market destabilized by economic uncertainties and high taxes, pressures that dampen occupier demand and slow the development of new projects.
  28. 28. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication ECONOMIC TRENDS Economic performance indicators of developed countries have improved since the end of 2012, confirming faster GDP growth in Japan, an improved job market in the United States, and recovery in Europe that is slow but steady. Nevertheless risk has not been eliminated, as witnessed by the magnitude of public debt and the weakness of the banking systems. Business activity in emerging economies has slowed sharply, forcing numerous forecasters to trim their global growth estimates. World trade growth is expected to rise 4.5% in 2014, a lower rate than that forecast a few months ago (though better than 2013’s 2.5% growth) and still under the average of the past 20 years (5.4%). Exports and manufacturing output rebounded in 2013, reviving French business activity that was also helped by the upturn in other parts of Europe. Household consumption was aided by the generous socialsecurity safety net, a very low inflation rate, and a more moderate rise in taxes. However, not all clouds have been dispersed from the French economic horizon.The business climate remains much less favorable than its long-term average, and unemployment rates and corporate bankruptcies are at all-time highs. Penalized since the beginning of the crisis by weak volume and lower prices on service contracts, the transport sector will continue to suffer in a very unstable environment. OCCUPIER DEMAND Take-up According to Occupiers’ Motivations and Characteristics At 2.17 million sq. m.1, total take-up in 2013 in France rose sharply (21% year on year), a slight improvement over the ten-year average (1.946 million sq. m.). Higher take-up was nonetheless accompanied by a significant decline in the total number of transactions. Many occupiers preferred lease renegotiation to relocation. The high proportion of very large transactions (13 larger than 40,000 sq. m. comprising 30% of total take-up) also attests that consolidation remains a priority. An increasing number of logistics providers and in-house logisticians are reducing their total sites and opting for larger platforms (e.g., Castorama in SaintMartin-de-Crau, Intermarché in Villeneuve-lès-Béziers). When located near major highways, port facilities, and large consumption markets, such platforms allow occupiers to optimize their transport costs by limiting unladen journeys and by increasing the flow of goods. Occupiers’ desire for modern buildings is also attributable to their need to adapt to changes in regulatory requirements governing product safety and traceability, to requirements concerning delivery quality and time, and to their search for greater productivity. Several quality products on the market were let in 2013, increasing the share of new or recent assets in total take-up: rare assets recently placed on the market as speculative developments, buildings modernized to meet new standards, and class-A platforms vacated by tenants. But it was demand that drove the large turnkey projects that satisfy the increasingly sophisticated needs of Transactions > 5 000 sq. m. including turnkey and owner-occupied premises but excluding lease renewals. 1 32 Logistics of large distribution retailers The significant share of take-up in 2013 (19%) accounted for by large food retailers reaffirmed the broad scale of costcutting strategies implemented in recent years. Most realestate projects in France are designed to improve profitability, in an environment of slower consumer spending and a price war among retailers. Sales channels have also proliferated with the rapid development of e-commerce and click-andcollect grocery pickup. These trends explain the growth of increasingly sophisticated buildings equipped with an abundance of information systems and automated features (e.g., the new Scapalsace/Leclerc platform near Colmar and a project under development for Système U in Fontenay-leComte, in the Vendée region). Larger platforms are also in demand, because they can serve various formats of shops or regroup fresh, dry, and frozen products (e.g., Intermarché’s new platforms).The most active retailer in the French logistics-warehouses market is Intermarché which since 2010 has completed 10 transactions of more than 10,000 sq. m. throughout France.
  29. 29. Logistics warehouses A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication logistics work, as well as the acceleration of in-house logisticians’ business strategies for reorganizing their supply chains. As in 2012, in-house logisticians in the retail-distribution sector were the major drivers in the French market and accounted for 52% of total take-up volume in 2013. Supermarket groups were especially active (see page 32). Other categories of retailers also launched major development projects, in an effort to adapt to the proliferation of sales channels and number of outlets (e.g., GIFI, with 73,000 sq. m. in Sin-le-Noble, near Douai). Logistics providers have lost market share and now account for no more than 30% of total take-up, compared with 34% in 2012 and nearly 50% in 2011. Although their share of take-up was automatically reduced by a few very large transactions completed by in-house logisticians, logistics providers have suffered mainly from the economic crisis and consequent downturn in volume of merchandise. The precariousness of their service contracts was reflected in the limited number of transactions and the increasingly frequent use of short-term leases intended to lower the risk of letting buildings that logistics providers may not be able to occupy in the long term.Although major transactions for logistics providers were relatively few, several of them reaffirmed that certain niche markets remain robust (e.g., cold chain and pharmaceutical logistics).The growth of online sales boosted e-commerce logistics, as seen in transactions carried out by some of the sector’s major players: Coliposte in Pantin, Orium in Hénin-Beaumont, Alpha Direct Services in Moissy-Cramayel, and Kiala in Savigny-le-Temple. Take-up According to Geographical Sector The four principal markets along France’s north-south axis (Lille, Paris, Lyon, and Marseille) accounted for only 58% in volume of warehouse space let or sold to occupiers in 2013 in France, compared with 73% the previous year. This decline conceals significant differences between geographical sectors and concerns mainly the two largest French markets. The Paris and Lyon markets were penalized by a sharp decline in the number of large transactions and by a fall in demand from logistics providers. High taxes and a growing shortage of land further exacerbated the context. In 2013 in the Paris region, 440,000 sq. m. were let or sold to occupiers, a decline of 21% year on year and of 33% compared with the annual average take-up over the past ten years. Contrary to many major trends in France, large turnkey projects were relatively rare. Certain pending development projects will inflate take-up volume in 2014 (Toys’R’Us with 51,000 sq. m. in Saint-FargeauPonthierry). These recently or soon-to-be launched development projects illustrate the gradual shift from in-house logisticians to areas far from the conurbation’s center, mainly the Seine-et-Marne, a département that accounted for 48% of take-up in Île-de-France in 2013. Yet although these projects contribute increasingly to total volume, most transactions in 2013 involved existing supply. Several leases and sales of secondhand properties reaffirmed the attractiveness of well-located, less expensive buildings with operating permits. The Lyon market also lagged, with only 190,000 sq. m. let in 2013. This annual decline of 51% is consistent with the significant decrease in the total number of transactions and the small number of transactions greater than 20,000 sq. m., compared with the interest shown in 2012 for this category of surface area (Darty, Fiducial Office Solutions, Conforama, etc.).This change is partly the result of a market with less available space, whether for high-quality properties or for land opportunities allowing long-term development of large platforms. However, a few large-scale development projects are under way in the Isère département, at the initiative of large inhouse logisticians in the retail-distribution sector. These projects should provide momentum to the lettings market in 2014. Key LEASE TRANSACTIONS IN 2013 Location Tenant Area (sq. m.) ZI Bois de Leuze / Saint-Martin-de-Crau (13) Castorama 113,000 Sin-le-Noble (59) Gifi 73,000 Parc Prologis / Moissy-Cramayel (77) Transalliance 65,000 Heudebouville / écoparc 2 Intermarché 58,000 ZI de Saint-Martin-sur-le-Pré / Récy (51) Scapest (Leclerc) 44,000 Parc des Bréguières / Les Arcs-sur-Argens (83) Carrefour 42,000 ZAC de la Houssoye / La Chapelle d’Armentières (59) Lidl 42,000 ZI des Marches de Bretagne / Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay (85) Sonamia 36,000 PA du Pays de Meaux / Villenoy (77) C&A 32,000 Parc Prologis / Moissy-Cramayel (77) ADS (Rakuten group) 29,800 Parc Parcolog / Beaune (21) Massa Pneus 26,500 Parc Parcolog / L’Isle d’Abeau (38) Rhenus Logistics 21,800 33
  30. 30. January 2014 A Cushman & Wakefield Research Publication RENTAL VALUES 250,000 440,000 560,000 2009 850,000 630,000 790,000 640,000 2008 450,000 690,000 700,000 1,000,000 Take-up in Île-de-France (sq. m.) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013 The markets in Lille (take-up of 254,000 sq. m.) and Marseille (takeup of 350,000 sq. m.) were more lively in 2013 than in the previous year. Although there were relatively few transactions, these two markets benefited from the launch of very large projects that confirmed the decisive role played by a handful of large retailers (Gifi with 73,000 sq. m. in Sin-le-Noble and Lidl with 42,000 sq. m. in La Chapelle d’Armentières, near Lille).The scale of certain platforms emphasized the rapid growth of several regions, such as LauwinPlanque in the north, where the arrival of Log’Solutions follows the installations of Big Ben Interactive, Amazon, and Gifi; and SaintMartin-de-Crau, near Marseille, where Castorama will have a platform of 113,000 sq. m. Located at the transport crossroads between Spain and Italy and just a few kilometers from the port of Marseille, Saint-Martin-de-Crau has consolidated its position as a major logistics center in southern France. In the middle to long term the site will comprise more than 500,000 sq. m. of warehouses operating on the basis of cost-cutting and expansion strategies of large logistics providers and in-house logisticians (Castorama, Maisons du Monde, Katoen Natie, etc.). Totaling nearly 1 million sq. m., take-up outside the four principal markets rose 33% year on year. These markets, generally more attractive in terms of development cost and available land, benefited from consolidation and expansion projects of in-house logisticians aiming to reduce transport costs and to grow their business. Although relatively quiet, logistics providers were active in certain regions that are traditional thoroughfares, such as the Burgundy and Centre regions. However, it was in western France that a few markets stood out. Because of a wide variety of demand, the Pays de la Loire region saw take-up of more than 100,000 sq. m. in 2013. These excellent results were due to the development of numerous turnkey projects of in-house logisticians (e.g., DSC in Derval,Toyota in Carquefou) and logistics providers (e.g., Stef in Saint-Nazaire). 34 Rental values in 2013 were stable overall, with prime rent slightly more than €50 / sq. m. / year in Île-de-France. However, the overriding need of tenants to lower property costs continued to dictate negotiation (or renegotiation) terms with landlords.Anxious to limit the costs associated with vacancy rates and to keep their assets occupied, landlords granted significant incentives, mainly as rent-free periods of, on average, one to one-and-a-half months per year of commitment for the highest quality assets. Such incentives have increased the gap between headline and net-effective rents. In an environment where a premium is accorded to assets that are well adapted to occupiers’ cost-cutting and enhancement strategies, and that meet the increasingly strict regulatory standards, rental values remain extremely diverse. They can vary widely even within the same market, depending on a building’s location and intrinsic quality, and on the type of transaction (e.g., product available on the open market, turnkey). The decline in quality of existing supply and the shortage of land in several well-known areas also explain the upward price pressure in certain micromarkets with little available space. Prime rents for logistics warehouses (€ / sq. m. / year) AVAILABLE AND FUTURE SUPPLY Trends in available supply The rise in take-up was not mirrored by a fall in available space, because lettings were mainly of turnkey and owner-occupier projects, not of available supply. At a little more than 3 million sq. m. throughout France, available supply rose by 5% year on year, mainly because of additional vacations. Several occupiers have reduced the number of their sites and turned instead to new or recent large platforms. In addition, the trend for tenants to renegotiate their leases rather than to relocate limits the absorption of available