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Russia real estate investment volume subsided by 13% in Q1-Q3 2017

In Q3, investors took a break before the end of the year


​Moscow, September 28, 2017 – In Q1-Q3 2017, Russia’s real estate investments declined by 13% vs. Q1-Q3 2016 and reached USD2.7bn, according to JLL calculations. A Q3 2017 slowdown has driven the total volume decline over three quarters, three times down YoY to USD500m.

Olesya Dzuba, Head of Research, JLL, Russia & CIS, comments: “The last three months produced a mixed outcome. The economy continued to gain the momentum, and the rouble has recovered earlier losses. However, two major banks were effectively nationalized, raising concerns about the banking sector. We expect the stabilization of investor activity by the end of the year. According to our forecast for 2017, the investment volume will reach USD4.5bn.”

Russia real estate investment deals volume dynamics, USD bn*
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* Investment deals, excluding land acquisitions, JVs, direct residential sales to end-users.


Source: JLL
 

In 9M 2017, the retail sector accounted for 37% of the total volume, on the back of several large investments in H1 2017. Offices followed, with 31% of all deals. 

The share of foreign investments increased from 5% in 2016 to 19% in Q1-Q3 2017. 

The bulk of Q3 deals were transactions under USD50m. However, a number of portfolio and large asset deals are expected to reach advanced stages by the end of the year. 

“Russian real estate assets continued to attract investors during Q3, although the focus recently was on small assets. In Q3 2017, the average deal size declined to USD30m from USD100m a year ago. However, the share of debt restructuring transactions fell to 14% from 53% in Q3 2016. We also note a strong investor interest in regional assets.” – Evgeniy Semenov, Regional Director, Head of Capital Markets, JLL, Russia & CIS, notes.


Russia real estate investment breakdown by size
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 Source: JLL


 

In Q1-Q3 2017, the main activity was concentrated in Moscow, with 71% of all deals closed there, although this share declined from 88% in Q1-Q3 2016. Higher investment activity was recorded in St. Petersburg, which share had increased from 6% in 9M 2016 to 22% in 9M 2017. In absolute terms, the St. Petersburg investment volume increased 3.5 times, from USD156m to USD578m.

Prime yields remained flat. As benchmarks for the market players, JLL analysts consider Moscow prime yields between 9.0-10.5% for offices and shopping centres and 11.0-12.5% for warehouses; St. Petersburg prime yields at 9.5-11.5% for offices and shopping centres and 11.5-13.5% for warehouses. Following key rate cuts by the Central Bank, the cost of bank financing will continue declining and will likely lead to yield compression.


 


About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and on behalf of its clients managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the second quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of nearly 80,000. As of June 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $57.6 billion of real estate under asset management JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.
In Russia and CIS JLL has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. JLL, Russia & CIS was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006-2017 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow; Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, 2016, St. Petersburg; Consultant of the Year at the RCSC Awards in 2015.​​