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Active office take-up stimulates vacancy rate reduction in key Moscow business districts

Moscow City vacancy rate was record low in Q1 2018

Moscow, April 24, 2018 – According to JLL, the overall Q1 2018 office take-up in Moscow has increased 87% YoY and reached 312,000 sq m, the highest Q1 volume since 2013.

Trading companies surpassed traditional leaders, banks and finance companies, with 28% of the deals. The second place was taken by manufacturing companies, with 20%. Among the largest deals in Q1 2018 were X5 Retail Group in Oasis BC (9,700 sq m), Stroytransgaz in Vereiskaya Plaza BC (8,800 sq m) and Skylight BC (4,500 sq m), Mistral in Poklonka Place BC (3,700 sq m).

“The declining vacancy and expected start of rental growth support interest in relocations. The Q2 has already started with the largest 2018 deal, Transneft Technology lease in VEB Arena. Taking into account transactions at negotiation stage, we expect the overall 2018 take-up at about 1.4m sq m.” – says Elizaveta Golysheva, Head of Office Agency, JLL, Russia & CIS.

Take-up and completions in Moscow office market
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Source: JLL

The vacancy rate continued to decline, reaching 13.1%, down 0.7 ppt QoQ and 2 ppt YoY. Low completions and rising demand stimulate the vacancy rate reduction in all quality office segments except Class B-, where the vacancy rate has increased by 0.1 ppt QoQ and by 1.5 ppt YoY to 12.3%. In Class A the vacancy rate has dropped to 14% (by 2.4 ppt QoQ and 3.6 ppt YoY). In Class B+ the vacancy has reached the market average, 13.1% (down by 0.4 ppt QoQ and 3.2 ppt YoY).

The vacancy rate in Moscow City declined by 1.1 ppt in Q1 2018. The largest annual decrease was recorded in this submarket, where the vacancy rate was down 7.5 ppt YoY due to the activity of state banks and public authorities. The vacancy rate reached 12.9%, the record low for Moscow City.

“The Moscow City vacancy rate shrank to a historic low, following the CBD indicators that had already reached the lowest level since 2012 in Q4 2017,” – notes Olesya Dzuba, Head of Research, JLL, Russia & CIS. – “As the new supply tends to decentralise, the vacancy rate is expected to continue declining in key Moscow submarkets, and tenants will have to choose among business centres located beyond the TTR.”

Vacancy rate in the Moscow office market
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Source: JLL

The new supply remains much lower than demand, in Q1 the overall completions volume was only 37,000 sq m. There were no new Class A buildings, and all the new office centres were Class B+. Only one business centre was located in the CBD area, the reconstructed RTS Zemlyanoy Val. The bulk of new completions (84%) were located beyond the TTR, La-5 near the Vnukovo airport, multifunctional complex Park of Legends and the office part of the Faces residential complex near the CSKA metro station.

According to JLL, in the remainder of the year completions would reach 213,000 sq m. The overall 2018 completions are expected at 250,00 sq m (39% shortening YoY), marking the new record low.

New office supply in Moscow by submarket
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Source: JLL

Moscow office rental rates remained stable in Q1 2018. Prime office asking rents were USD600-750 sq m, Class A rental rates were RUB24,000-40,000 sq m/year. Class B+ rents were RUB12,000-25,000 sq m/year. 

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.​