HONG KONG, January 20, 2021 – Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced that Blackstone Real Estate’s opportunistic funds have completed the previously announced acquisition of a majority stake in the Greater Bay Area’s largest urban logistics park for US$1.1 billion from R&F Group. Blackstone will have a 70% stake while R&F Properties Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of R&F Group, will retain a 30% stake. The transaction significantly expands Blackstone’s China logistics portfolio by approximately one-third to 53 million square feet across 23 Chinese cities.
Cliff Chen, a Blackstone Real Estate Managing Director based in Shanghai, said: “We are thrilled to continue our strategy of acquiring high quality logistics assets in China’s key distribution hubs and cater to ongoing tenant demand, driven by e-commerce tailwinds and emerging opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. This area, which connects 11 major cities including Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong, is one of China’s biggest logistics markets and a rapidly developing trade, finance, and technology and innovation hub. We look forward to further developing the park by constructing additional cold storage facilities tailored for food and pharmaceutical industries as well as institutional-quality warehouses.”
Tenants of the logistics park include some of China’s most reputable corporations in various sectors such as third-party logistics (SF Express, YTO Express), e-commerce (Tmall, JD.com), pharmaceuticals (Sinopharm, CR Pharma), and telecommunications (China Mobile, China Telecom). The logistics park is located 15 kilometers from Guangzhou International Airport, a key transportation hub within the Greater Bay Area.
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