SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in industrial real estate, today announced an $882 million increase in the equity commitment to Prologis China Logistics Venture, with $750 million contributed by HIP China Logistics Investments Limited and $132 million by Prologis.
Prologis China Logistics Venture was formed in 2011 with an investment strategy to build, acquire and manage logistics properties in China. This announcement marks the fourth capital commitment received from HIP and Prologis since the fund originated. The venture has committed equity of more than $2.6 billion, of which HIP contributed 85 percent and Prologis 15 percent. To date, $93 million of Prologis' $400 million in committed capital has been deployed. The new capital will fund the venture for the foreseeable future.
The company also announced the signing of six lease agreements totaling 2.1 million square feet (196,000 square meters) with three new and three repeat customers in the north, west and east regions of China. Five of these occurred in the fourth quarter of 2015 and one lease agreement was signed in the first quarter of 2016.
"China continues to provide excellent long-term opportunities for growth in our sector," said Gary Anderson, CEO, Prologis Europe and Asia. "As the Chinese economy evolves from export to consumer based, we expect to benefit by targeting our investments in the top global commerce centers in the country."
"We have a trusted and growing relationship with HIP China Logistics Investments that continues to yield great benefits for both of us," said James W. Green, managing director, Global Client Relations, Prologis.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in industrial real estate. As of December 31, 2015, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 669 million square feet (62 million square meters) in 20 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 5,200 customers, including third-party logistics providers, transportation companies, retailers and manufacturers.
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