Paul Marcuse to Join Delin Capital Asset Management

Delin Capital Asset Management, (‘DCAM’ or the ‘Company’), a Jersey registered real estate investment advisor and asset manager focused on investments in logistics assets in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, announced today the appointment of Paul Marcuse as a senior advisor to the Company.

Paul brings with him a wealth of experience from the real estate, fund management and investment banking sectors. His long and distinguished career has included roles within Goldman Sachs and Rodamco Group. During his tenure as Chief Executive, between 2000 and 2007, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers became a leading pan-European manager with assets under management of some €40BN. Most recently, he held the role of Group Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate for UBS Global Asset Management. He is currently Chairman Designate of the Management Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Paul’s expertise will complement that offered by Graeme McFaull, who also acts as a senior advisor to DCAM. Graeme was formerly Group CEO of Wincanton plc, the supply chain logistics company, spending a substantial part of his career in senior roles within the European logistics industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Christian Jamison, Chief Executive Officer of DCAM commented:

“Paul has an impressive and established track record in developing fund management businesses and we expect this to greatly benefit the strategic direction and growth of our business. His extensive knowledge of our sector, the finance sector and the broader business environment will provide DCAM with important commercial and strategic insight.”

Paul Marcuse added:

“I look forward to working closely with the DCAM team in realising their vision in growing a significant fund management business by exploiting their impressive knowledge of European logistics real estate.”


Delin Capital Secures €74 Million Loan Against Dutch Portfolio from Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank

Delin Capital Asset Management, (‘DCAM’ or the ‘Company’), a Jersey registered real estate investment advisor and asset manager focused on investments in logistics assets in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, has agreed a new €74 million five year term loan facility with Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG secured against its portfolio of Dutch logistics assets. The assets are held within its €400 million Capital Preservation Portfolio I, (‘CPP I’ or the ‘Fund’), the Company’s inaugural core plus logistics fund, launched in October 2012.

The new loan will deliver 50% LTV against the portfolio of five assets in the Netherlands which DCAM has stockpicked for their modern characteristics and well-established logistics locations.

Delivering circa 190,000 m² of space, the portfolio comprises:

  • Flight Forum Distribution Centre in Eindhoven let to Philips Lighting;
  • Son Distribution Centre in Eindhoven let to Rhenus Contract Logistics;
  • Waalwijk Distribution Centre let to McGregor Fashion Group; and
  • Two multi-tenanted distribution centres located in Tilburg and Born let to tenants including Kuehne & Nagel, DB Schenker and Helly Hansen.

The loan proceeds will be recycled to finance new acquisitions on behalf of CPP I and DCAM.

DCAM was established to target the acquisition of income producing distribution assets in core logistics locations to deliver CPP I’s investors stable and, where possible, indexed linked long-term income returns combined with real capital preservation. DCAM’s location-led investment strategy is focused on core logistics sub-markets in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Logistics assets within these core selected locations demonstrate defensive qualities through their potential to generate strong levels of income and above inflation capital growth independent of the current economic cycle. The long term trend of the off-shoring of manufacturing output away from higher cost, developed nations to lower cost, developing nations has increased demand for well-located and interconnected logistics assets. Moreover, the ever increasing share of retail spend from delivery based e-commerce has intensified the demand for modern and effective distribution hubs as logistics operators and retailers continue to respond to the structural shift in consumer spending patterns.

Christian Jamison, Chief Executive Officer of DCAM, commented:

“The first leverage we have introduced into the Fund forms part of our strategy to grow at a sustainable level whilst ensuring we do continue to deliver high levels of income distribution matched with above inflation capital returns and is in line with our plan to enhance CPP I’s investors’ returns through the prudent use of leverage.

“To date we have deployed circa €180 million of equity into the European logistics sector representing over 226,000 m² of prime distribution space. Over the coming year we are looking forward to growing the Fund through new acquisitions and by introducing further leverage on specific assets with existing or new lenders as we work towards achieving our €400 million fund size target.”

DCAM was advised by CMS and the valuation of the portfolio was undertaken by DTZ. Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG was advised by Boekel De Nerée.


Delin Capital Makes £81 Million of UK Logistics Acquisitions

Delin Capital Asset Management, (‘DCAM’ or the ‘Company’), a Jersey registered real estate investment advisor and asset manager focused on investments in logistics assets in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, has invested a further £81 million in the UK market through two separate transactions. The acquisitions have been made on behalf of its €400 million Capital Preservation Portfolio I, (‘CPP I’ or the ‘Fund’), the Company’s inaugural core plus logistics fund.

In the first transaction, DCAM has acquired a portfolio of five prime distribution assets covering over 1m sq ft (95.5 k m²) of space for circa £66 million from InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (‘InfraRed’). The purchase price reflects a net initial yield of 7.2% after allowing for rental guarantees.

Two of the assets are located within the main distribution hubs of Magna Park and Swift Valley Park within the UK’s logistics ‘Golden Triangle’, and two in prime North East distribution parks. The final smaller asset is located in close proximity to Birmingham and its motorway network. With a weighted average lease length of 7.8 years, the assets are let to a variety of strong covenants including DHL, Scotts Mircale-Gro and BTC Active Wear, all of whom operate the buildings as national distribution centres.

Further details on the assets:

  • Castleford: A 382,000 sq ft warehouse located in the Normanton/ Wakefield Europort distribution hub, which is situated near to Junction 31 of the M62. The property is fully let to Exel UK Ltd with a guarantee from DHL Supply Chain Ltd on a full insuring and repairing lease expiring in 2022;
  • Doncaster: A modern, high specification distribution warehouse of circa 164,000 sq ft located on West Moor Park, a prime distribution/business park located some 5 miles to the north east of Doncaster town centre. The asset is immediately adjacent to Junction 4 of the M18, providing direct access to the national motorway network. It is let to The Scotts Company (UK) Limited and guaranteed by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, until 2026;
  • Lutterworth: The property comprises a high spec distribution warehouse of 164,000 sq ft located on Magna Park within the ‘Golden Triangle’. It is let to DHL Supply Chain Limited on a full repairing and insuring lease, expiring in 2023;
  • Rugby: The 212,000 sq ft property is strategically located on Swift Valley Park within the UK’s logistics ‘Golden Triangle’ formed by the M1, M6 and M69 motorways. The property is currently vacant providing an opportunity to add value through asset management.
  • Wednesbury: A high specification, modern standard distribution warehouse of 105,000 sq ft located to at Junction 9 of the M6, near Birmingham. The asset is let to BTC Activewear until 2019.

DCAM was advised by Jones Lang LaSalle and CMS. InfraRed was advised by GVA and Taylor Wessing.

In a second, separate transaction, DCAM has acquired a modern single-let standard distribution warehouse in Middlewich from receivers, Allsops for circa £15 million, reflecting a net initial yield of circa 7%.

Located on the M6 corridor which links Manchester and Liverpool with Birmingham, and with good accessibility to both the Midlands and North West regions, the 353,000 sq ft (32,000 m²) warehouse is let to Kuehne and Nagel Ltd on a full insuring and repairing lease expiring in 2017. The tenant is currently operating a FIAT contract from this site.

DCAM was advised by CBRE and CMS. DLA Piper acted for Allsops.

Christian Jamison, Chief Executive Officer of DCAM commented:

“We are very pleased to have made such a significant step forward in terms of growing CPP I’s investment in the UK market, which continues to be very competitive. By executing both these transactions within 10 days of commencing due diligence, we have demonstrated our capability to move quickly and decisively for attractive acquisitions. We continue to search for value and we will now look to add leverage to our UK portfolio as we have done recently with our Dutch portfolio.

“All these assets satisfy our investment criteria of offering high quality modern space in strong UK locations. Although the majority of the space is long let, these assets also offer some opportunity for asset management and therefore the potential to deliver value growth through new lettings or re-gears in an improving occupational market.”