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Sharp vacancy drop on the Moscow region warehouse market

In Q1 2018 the vacancy rate declined to the lowest level since the beginning of 2015


​Moscow, April 18, 2018 – According to JLL, in Q1 2018 the vacancy rate on the Moscow region warehouse market declined by 1.9 ppt, from 8.3% to 6.4%. In absolute terms, the volume of vacant spaces shrank to 1.08m sq m. This marked the lowest vacancy levels since 2015, both relative and absolute.

“The significant decline of the vacancy rate in Q1 2018 was facilitated by high activity on the secondary market. During the first three months of the year more than 500,000 sq m of warehouse space changed the status from vacant to occupied and vice versa. A significant surplus of occupied space over the released areas reduced of the vacancy rate.” – said Oksana Kopylova, Head of Retail and Warehouse Research, JLL, Russia & CIS. – “This extended the trend of declining vacant space since the beginning of 2017.”

Available space dynamics on the Moscow region warehouse market
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Source: JLL

The main reason for the vacancy drop was low completions. Warehouse completions in Q1 2018 were 68,000 sq m, of which 46,000 sq m in PNK Park Valisсhevo.

By the end of 2018, some 879,000 sq m of warehouse premises are announced for delivery. The main 2018 warehouses projects are built-to-suit schemes for retailers, namely a warehouse complex for Wildberries.ru (146,000 sq m), 90,000 sq m in Solnechnogorsk District for a large international retailer, 68,000 sq m in the new Orientir Sever 3 for Utkonos, and 52,000 sq m in PNK Park Valisсhevo for the logistic company Commercial Real Estate Operator.

“More than half of projects under construction (487,000 sq m) are speculative and non-occupied. Their delivery will lead to a vacancy rate increase. However, high warehouse market activity will later contribute to its absorption. By the end of the year we expect the stabilization of the vacancy rate in the range of 6-7%”, – commented Oksana Kopylova.

Take-up, completions and prime rent dynamics on the Moscow region warehouse market
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Source: JLL

Warehouse demand remains high. The take-up volume in Q1 2018 totaled 452,000 sq m, three times higher YoY. Some 71% of the deals were competed in existing facilities, the rest were contracts in under-construction buildings.

“Although historically the beginning of the year had usually been quiet, the results of Q1 2018 set a record and were comparable to the results of the whole Н1 2017,” – commented Evgeniy Bumagin, National Director, Industrial & Warehouses Department, JLL, Russia & CIS. – “High business activity (take-up above 300,000 sq m) continues since Q2 2017, supported by stable and attractive rental levels.”

Weighted average asking rental rates in new transactions on the Moscow region warehouse market are at a minimum in the range of RUB3,300-3,600 per the sq m per year (excluding VAT and operating expenses). Actual rents depend on a specific location and proximity to MKAD.

The largest deals in Q1 2018 were the following: VkusVill leased 52,000 sq m in PNK Park Severnoye Sheremetyevo; retailer Maksidom bought 41,000 sq m in the Nidan Soki complex; DNS expanded in Atlant Park (39,000 sq m); A Plus Development built a new 21,600 sq m built-to-suit project for the AGC Glass manufacturing company in Klin. Retailers were the main demand drivers in Q1 2018, accounting for 40% of all deals.

Demand distribution by business sector in Moscow region
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Source: JLL

If the current level of activity is maintained, the take-up volume on the Moscow region warehouse market this year can reach 1.5m sq m. “Currently there is a number of active large requests, more than 30,000 sq m each, coming from companies representing different business sectors. Against the background of these positive market momentum, only geopolitical situation can cause fears that can correct the development plans of some companies, and in some cases put them on hold,” – commented Evgeniy Bumagin.


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 2017, JLL had revenue of $7.9 billion; managed 4.6 billion square feet, or 423 million square meters; and completed investment sales, acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $170 billion. At the end of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 82,000. As of December 31, 2017, LaSalle had $58.1 billion of real estate assets under 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.