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Record Cross-Boarder Investments in Industrial Assests

Record 2021 Cross-Border Investments in U.S. Industrial Real Estate Assets, JLL Expects Continued Strong Foreign Interest 

With more than $143 billion in transactions, investor demand in industrial assets in the U.S. soared to new heights in 2021, up 32% over 2019’s previous high-water mark. Cross-border investors accounted for a record-setting $19.5 billion of that activity, up 152% year-over-year, signaling the strength of the U.S. industrial sector and the overall economy, according to a report by JLL Capital Markets Group.

Five countries account for 91% of 2021’s total cross-border transaction volume. Boosted by GIC’s $6.8 billion portfolio purchase from EQT Exeter in the fourth quarter, Singapore led with 57% of the transactions, followed by Canada with 21%, or $4.1 billion. Bahraini, French and South Korean investors also funneled a significant amount of capital into the industrial sector.

Canadian investors significantly increased their investment activity in the U.S., up by 64.5% percent year over year and they show no signs of slowing down. The activity was led by the $2.2 billion-acquisition of a 14.5 million-square-foot infill and light industrial portfolio by Oxford Properties Group, a leading global real estate investor, asset manager and business builder. 

  Another trend seen in 2021 is a shift in the markets benefiting from the most cross-border investment. Where Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire have consistently been favored markets since 2016 – Memphis, Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia and Indianapolis have become more sought after.

“Attracted to the strength of their economies and positive demographic trends, investors have accelerated their capital placement towards Sun Belt markets,” said Nicholas Rita, Research Manager, Industrial Capital Markets. “These favorable market conditions will facilitate further investor interest in 2022.”

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