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4th Quarter 2019 Industrial Market Summary
-San Francisco & Peninsula

The reported industrial vacancy rates in San Francisco and surrounding Peninsula areas increased to 4.1% at the end of Q4 2019 (up from 3.5% in Q3 2019). The Bayshore Corridor of San Francisco vacancy rate increased to 3.3% in Q4 (up from .9% in Q3 2019). The San Francisco/Peninsula market reported a delivery of 34,200+/- square feet of new construction, and 2,772,511 square feet of product under construction, primarily in South San Francisco, Brisbane & Daly City. The industrial core of San Francisco (Bayshore / Potrero Hill / Dogpatch) reported 238,000+/- square feet of product under construction, with zero deliveries, or construction starts.

Q4 2019 ended with averaged over-all asking rents (industrial and flex) remaining at $2.26 per square foot, representing no change over the previous quarter. Comparatively, current average US industrial asking rents are reported as $.72 per square foot (no change from Q3 2019). Asking rents specific to warehouse product dipped slightly to $1.83 psf at the end of Q4 (down from $1.88 Q3). Quoted daily warehouse asking rents for the Bayshore Corridor at the end of Q4 increased to $2.10 psf from $2.04 psf at the end of Q3. Year-over-year market rents have increased by 2.7% for the San Francisco/Peninsula industrial/flex market.

Q4 2019 Industrial sale transactions are down from Q3 2019 with $174M in sales volume averaging $362 per square foot compared to $440M in sales averaging $360 per square foot in Q3 2019. CAP rates averaged 4.7% in Q4, representing no change over the previous quarter. National CAP rates have remained at 6.7% for Q1-Q4 2019.

Calco Commercial has leased and sold 1,505,690+/- square feet of industrial, flex, office and land in 2019 comprising 83 transactions, with 407,846+/- square feet and 24 transactions in Q4 alone. Following are the notable Q4 2019 transactions: 1000 25th Street, San Francisco (18,432 +/- sf industrial lease), 195 Bayshore Boulevard, San Francisco (21,000+/- sf industrial lease), and 415 E. Grand, South San Francisco (21,000/- sf industrial lease), and 464 9th Street, San Francisco (16,080+/- commercial/sale). Calco Commercial is a leading industrial & commercial real estate firm with decades of experience in Landlord /Owner representation, and repositioning assets into net leased properties with in-place income streams. Let us help make the most of your real estate properties and investments.

If you would like to discuss your real estate options, or would simply like more information related to current market conditions, please call our office a 415.970.0000, or directly contact one of our professionals.

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The reported industrial vacancy rates in San Francisco and surrounding Peninsula areas increased slightly to 3.8% at the end of Q2 2019 (up from 3.6% in Q1 2019). However, the Bayshore Corridor of San Francisco witnessed yet another decrease in vacancy to a sub 1% rate of .9% (down from 2.5% in Q1 2019). The San Francisco/Peninsula market reported a delivery of 233,576+/- square feet of new construction, and 741,368 square feet in construction starts, primarily in South San Francisco. The largest project currently underway is a flex R&D/biotech project in the South SF/East of 101 Freeway submarket totaling 512,000 square feet. The industrial core of San Francisco (Bayshore / Potrero Hill / Dogpatch) reported 56,100 square feet of product under construction, with zero deliveries, or construction starts specific to the Bayshore Corridor.

Q2 2019 ended with averaged over-all asking rents (industrial and flex) down from $2.49 per square foot to $2.30 per square foot, representing an 8% decrease over the previous quarter. Comparatively, current average US industrial asking rents are reported as $.71 per square foot (remained static from Q1 2019). Asking rents specific to warehouse product increased from $1.88 psf in Q1 2019 to $2.04 at the end Q2 2019. Quoted daily warehouse asking rents for the Bayshore Corridor as of June 30, 2019 remained static at $2.04 per square foot. Year-over-year market rents have grown by 4.8% for the San Francisco/Peninsula industrial/flex market.

Q2 2019 Industrial sale transactions are up from Q1 2019 with $308M in sales volume averaging $328.61 per square foot compared to $274M in sales averaging $323.46 per square foot in Q1 2019. CAP rates averaged 4.90% in Q2 2019, representing a minimal increase over Q1 2019 CAP rates of 4.85%. National CAP rates averaged 6.7% in both Q1 2019 and Q2 2019.

Calco Commercial has leased and sold 918,760+/- square feet of industrial, flex, office and land in 2019 comprising 43 transactions, with 510,590+/- square feet and 19 transactions in Q2 alone. Following are the notable Q2 2019 transactions: 1500 Tennessee Street-1475 Indiana Street, San Francisco (120,000 +/- sf – industrial portfolio/sale), 202 Littlefield Avenue, South San Francisco (63,700+/- sf industrial lease), 330 8th Street, San Francisco (22,500/- sf commercial/lease), and 30 Tanforan Avenue, South San Francisco (215,539+/- sf warehouse & land/lease). Calco Commercial is a leading industrial & commercial real estate firm with decades of experience in Landlord /Owner representation, and repositioning assets into net leased properties with in-place income streams. Let us help make the most of your real estate properties and investments.

If you would like to discuss your real estate options, or would simply like more information related to current market conditions, please call our office a 415.970.0000, or directly contact one of our professionals.

Click here for the full report: Q2 2019 Industrial Market Report – San Francisco & Peninsula

Source: CoStar News
By: Molly Armbrister

Life Science Industry Elbows Its Way Into Tight Bay Area Property Market
Rock-Bottom Vacancy Rates Pervade the San Francisco Peninsula

Like the organisms it studies, the life science industry in the San Francisco Bay is adapting to its changing surroundings.

Stiff competition from well-heeled tech giants such as Salesforce and Uber in areas such as downtown San Francisco is preventing the life sciences industry, which has had a foothold in the region for decades, from elbowing its way into commercial real estate around the city. So the life science industry has begun looking south, where developers are planning unprecedented ways to accommodate the industry, one of the fastest-growing in the United States, with the area’s first high-rise for science firms.

“There’s a confluence of industries that are booming all at the same time,” said Marc Pope, executive director at commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. “Life science, technology, automotive technology. In some ways, they’re competing for space. Elsewhere, traditional office is being bought and converted to lab space.”

The life science industry combines health care and technology into a field that seems in some ways recession-proof and requires large amounts of specialized real estate. Life science employment grew nationwide by 4.5% between 2010 and 2018, compared with total employment growth of 1.7%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2000, the life science sector has grown nearly five times as fast as the rest of the economy, adding 85,000 jobs, according to a Cushman report.

Organic growth stemming from an aging population that wants and needs new treatments for ailments, and expansion enabled by technological advances in the field, resulted in a growing share of life science space needed in several of the country’s biggest markets. The way different south Bay Area cities are dealing with the region’s industry growth could provide a window into how other top industry cities such as Boston and San Diego deal with the space crunch in coming years.

While San Francisco and the city of South San Francisco are both almost fully occupied, the cities are each handling the sector’s growth differently. Life science companies aren’t receiving much assistance in their competition with the major tech companies in San Francisco, but they are being welcomed with open arms by the adjacent city of South San Francisco and others eager to capture the spillover demand with new development, which could spur even more expansion in the future.

According to CoStar data, San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood property market, for example, is about as tight as it can get: The overall office vacancy rate in that neighborhood is 0.3%.

Mission Bay is part of an area in San Francisco that was targeted for life science companies by a 2008 plan passed by the City and County of San Francisco that created a life sciences and medical special use district.

But that overlay didn’t exclude other uses, and 10 years after it was put in place, the development capacity there is largely maxed out by the tech giants that have given the city its reputation, Pope said.

Among the biggest new tenants in Mission Bay is ride-hailing app maker Uber, which is planning to take up 1 million square feet of new development adjacent to Chase Center Arena, the $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium and future home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors that is scheduled to open before the 2019-2020 season.

It reflects the way new development in San Francisco is getting scooped up by these major tech companies, who offer a cache — and sometimes a rental rate — that many life science companies don’t have, forcing the firms to look elsewhere if they want to expand.

Going Vertical

Contrast that with the city of South San Francisco, which in 1976 was dubbed the “Birthplace of Biotechnology” by Genentech, the bioscience company that was acquired by Roche Pharmaceuticals in 2009. There, developers are doing something unprecedented to find a home for life science companies: They’re going vertical.

A 20-story development called Genesis Towers has been taken over by life science companies looking for space. The two-building property was originally designed as office space and was supposed to be completed during the recession, but the economy got in the way, Pope said.

Now, it has been developed into two life science towers with a third planned. Shortly after the conversion was finished, the space was fully leased, according to Cole Speers, research analyst for Cushman & Wakefield in the Bay Area.

Going vertical on life science space is rare, as the properties have historically been low-slung, sprawling developments akin to industrial space.

Life science real estate, though, can include more than just office space, sometimes branching out into flex industrial and converted office spaces. Cushman’s numbers for Mission Bay life science property specifically show there is no vacancy in that neighborhood for life science real estate.

And because of its connection to the health care industry, which is largely viewed as a mostly recession-proof field because people will always need health care regardless of the economic outlook, life science is seen as a safe place to invest capital, whether that’s in new businesses or in real estate to house them.

Boston remains the U.S. life science capital, with companies there attracting $15.5 billion worth of venture capital funding from 2010 to 2018, but San Francisco and the peninsula are right behind, with $15 billion, according to venture capital tracking website PitchBook.

And while Boston has the lowest vacancy rate for life science of any market in the country at 0.7%, the biggest drop off in vacancy rate occurred in San Francisco, falling to 6.2% fourth quarter last year from 18.3% in the same quarter of 2008, according to data from Cushman.

The development activity and need for space is not expected to recede any time soon, either. And with the percentage of people aged 65 and older projected to rise to more than 20% by 2030, the industry is expected to grow even more, further increasing the need for real estate.

Link to article: Life Science Industry Elbows Its Way Into Tight Bay Area Property Market

Source: CoStar News
By: Jesse Gundersheim

San Francisco added significantly more jobs in 2018 than first reported, and received the strongest upward revision among all major markets in the country.

On the heels of recent tech expansions in San Francisco’s office market, the city added 3.9% more workers last year over 2017.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revised its job growth statistics for 2018, recently, as it does every year after giving an early tally. Initially, the BLS estimated that San Francisco’s metropolitan division added 24,500 jobs, or a 2.2% increase. Revised data shows that San Francisco – including San Mateo County – actually added closer to 43,900 jobs in 2018.

The stronger numbers in job growth more closely align with the occupancy gains seen in San Francisco’s office market, where 4.9 million square feet were added in 2018.

Major employers in San Francisco such as Facebook, Uber and Google have already secured office space for future growth, providing capacity to grow the area’s workforce in 2019 and beyond.

Job growth was stronger from 2012 through 2015 than it is today, but it remains solid. As long as venture capital investment pours into locally based startups, and established tech companies increase profitability, the tech companies attracting highly skilled workers to San Francisco from around the world will continue to fuel local job growth.

As of the latest BLS release providing preliminary data for March 2019, San Francisco’s 12-month gain in employment registers 3.7%, close to the 3.9% of 2018. Job growth grew nationally by 1.8%.

Link to article: San Francisco’s 2018 Job Growth Revised

Source: CoStar
By: Diana Bell

Prologis, the country’s largest owner of industrial real estate, is raising its projected earnings for the coming year by more than 2% as it pursues further rent increases and seeks to capitalize on a preference for smaller warehouse developments.

The real estate investment trust, headquartered in San Francisco, said rent growth will be about 4% globally, principally driven by the United States, though Europe is expected to outperform later in the year, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Olinger said Tuesday on a conference call with analysts discussing first-quarter financial results.

Prologis plans to spend $2 billion on starting development and $600 million on acquisitions but seeks to reduce its ownership in open-ended European funds from 28 percent to 24 percent to accommodate “partners and bring ownership in line” with a long-term target of 15% on the continent, Olinger said.

The REIT signaled a focus on smaller-sized warehouse space, with only about 25% of its portfolio comprising big-box regional facilities over 250,000 square feet. About two-thirds are less than 250,000 square feet.

“We are seeing higher rent change on roll under 250,000 square feet versus bigger box, and that spread is accelerating. We are well-positioned to capture that opportunity,” said Olinger.

Chairman Hamid Moghadam doesn’t see weakness in large space demand but said “there are some markets on the periphery like outlying corridors of Chicago where there are a lot of big buildings and market rent is softer now until those buildings get absorbed.”

The executives declined to name locations Prologis is considering, but Moghadam said the REIT is staying out of overdeveloped markets.

“The big boxes got their growth early in the recovery cycle. They are up significantly on 40% to 50% in the past four to five years. Now they are taking a back seat to the medium and smaller spaces,” he said.

The REIT’s strategy this year will be to push rents up. “Don’t be surprised if you see occupancy be a little lower throughout the year,” said Olinger. “We are going to make the right long-term decision, which is going to be pushing rents and extending term.” Prologis expects to end the year with an uptick in occupancy to 97.5%.

As the first developer to build a multistory warehouse in the United States, Prologis has faced headwinds with leasing the three-story, 589,000-square-foot Seattle building known as Prologis Georgetown Crossroads, where it is asking for rents in the range of $1.30 to over $2 a square foot.

Of the Seattle property, Olinger said, “We have done a 100,000-square-foot lease in this asset, and one lesson we’ve learned about this is there is a process that we have to go through with customers. It is a new product in a new location. We need to get a premium and we think we’ll get that premium, but deal gestation periods are long and they will continue to be long until customers are basically more accustomed to this product.”

The REIT said it will pursue opportunities with Seattle-based online retailer Amazon, its largest customer.

“Broadly we are seeing customers like Amazon and other customers focused on e-commerce with some network rollouts involve a combination of large buildings and a series of higher number of smaller buildings that are located close-in to larger population centers, all of which fit really well for our portfolio,” said Olinger.

Moghadam noted the smaller-footprint buildings these types of tenants are favoring offer more options in terms of parcel size and have higher clear heights with more mezzanine floors, which effectively increases space utilization.

Of the 772 million square feet Prologis had within its portfolio as of March 31, 59% was U.S.-based and is expected to generate 77% of the REIT’s net operating income for the year. Prologis has about $97 billion in assets under management.

Some of the largest shippers and household-name companies lease from Prologis, with Amazon in first place contributing to 3.6% of its net effective rent. Amazon leases about 20.7 million square feet. Shippers DHL, UPS and FedEx, retailer Home Depot and automaker BMW all rank within Prologis’ top 10 largest customers. Retail giant Walmart is in 11th place with 4.4 million square feet. And the U.S. government ranks 19th, with just over 1 million square feet.

This year, Prologis expects to complete just under 12.4 million square feet of development activity for properties it will fully own and manage spending $1.1 billion to do so. Roughly half of that development is planned for the Western United States. For 2020 and beyond, so far it has docketed 1.6 million square feet in development solely in the West.

Of the $239 million Prologis spent on development starts globally in the first quarter, just 41.2% is build-to-suit, showing a bulk of speculative industrial work.

Despite recording a decline in net earnings in the first quarter, the REIT saw rental revenues jump year-over-year to $696.8 million compared to $555.9 million. Occupancy was roughly flat at 96.8%, but Prologis leased 43 million square feet in the first quarter, compared to 33 million the in the same quarter a year ago.

The results follow what Moghadam called Prologis’ “strongest year ever” in 2018. The REIT embarked on $3.1 billion in new developments globally totaling 36 million square feet. The year also saw Prologis sell off an 86-property portfolio to MapleTree and acquire Denver-based industrial REIT DCT Industrial.

Link to article: Prologis Sees Opportunity in Smaller Warehouse Footprints

For its 7th year in a row, Calco Commercial has been named as a top brokerage firm in San Francisco.

Calco Commercial leased and sold 1,112,761+/- square feet of industrial, flex, office and land in 2018 comprising 66 transactions. Calco Commercial is a leading full-service industrial & commercial real estate firm with decades of experience in Landlord /Owner representation, 1031-exchanges, property management and property valuations. Let us help make the most of your real estate properties and investments.

Calco Commercial recently completed a lease transaction at the 30 Tanforan Industrial Park in South San Francisco. Calco represented the Chariot, the Tenant, who will be occupying 51,524+/- square feet of building area and a total of 215,289+/- square feet (4.49 acres) of land. Chariot, a division of Ford Smart Mobility, is focused on transit solution by providing transportation options for commuters, enterprises and charters. Chariot operates across the Bay Area and is now offered in cities ranging from Austin to London.

Source: CoStar
By: Randyl Drummer
Date: October 18, 2018
Link to article: ProLogis

Prologis, the world’s largest warehouse and logistics property company, has begun to consider its leasing options should space suddenly come available as a result of recent bankruptcies by retailers or the consequences of a trade war with China.

So far, San Francisco-based Prologis has yet to find any “measurable impact” from trade issues or retailer bankruptcies this year, Prologis Chief Executive Hamid Moghadam told investors during the company’s third-quarter earnings conference. In the latest sign of struggles among retailers, Sears Holdings Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week and announced another 142 closings of Sears and Kmart stores.

“If we search real hard, we can point to one or two companies who backed out of lease negotiations in the U.S., but the impact of those isolated cases was negligible in the context of our overall leasing volume,” Moghadam said.

“I can think of 20 other reasons why tenants stopped negotiating or dropped out of a negotiation, and certainly the trade stuff has not yet in any way translated to any action on the ground that we can tell,” Moghadam added.

The company isn’t waiting for any trade war to start before monitoring possible effects on customers. Prologis is already making sure it’s aware of how long it would take to fill space should customers start vacating.

The fact that the largest company of its kind is concerned enough to seek signs of effects of tariffs and bankruptcies reflects the cautious nature of corporations at this point in the extended economic expansion since the recession.

The company has found that “there are plenty of other customers that are waiting in line for quality space and are frustrated by the shortage of suitable options,” Moghadam said.

The Trump Administration has levied tariffs on a total of $250 billion of imported goods from China, which has retaliated by announcing tariffs on $110 billion of U.S. exports.

About 25 percent of the most recent round of tariffs enacted in September is on consumer goods, unlike earlier announcements that mostly targeted materials and intermediate goods, according to Peterson Institute for International Economic, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

Prologis has said that while a protracted trade war could increase the likelihood of a global downturn, about three-quarters of its U.S. customers are focused on local and regional business activity, including e-commerce delivery, rather than international trade.

Prologis now expects companies to take 260 million square feet of industrial space in the U.S. this year, 15 percent more than 2017, even as newly built space falls an estimated 10 million square feet short of tenant demand. As a result of the tight market, Prologis has been able to keep more than 80 percent of its tenants when their leases expire, despite imposing average rent hikes of more than 11.5 percent.

Not all companies in that industry can operate with that level of efficiency, meaning that Prologis could have a better chance of withstanding any downturn than smaller rivals.

“The markets are really strong and that’s why we’re getting these increases,” Moghadam said. “And not every discussion with every tenant starts out with the intention of them staying. In fact, many of them when they hear about the new rent get a little spooked.”

He said many tenants come back to Prologis and renew after shopping the market and failing to find lower rents.

Among the major commercial property types, only apartment and industrial real estate investment trusts have gained ground in their stock prices since the beginning of the year, according to National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust data.

Matt Kopsky, an analyst for Edward Jones, noted that about 30 percent of new Prologis leasing activity is related to space needed to fill online orders, with Amazon the company’s largest tenant at about 3 percent of total revenue from rents across its portfolio. The company also has demand from overseas to help insulate it from any downturn.

“Despite increasing competition from new construction and trade-tariff concerns, we think demand will remain robust,” Kopsky said. “Increased global trade is also a significant factor, particularly overseas, since Prologis leases space to third-party logistics firms providing warehouse and distribution to multinational corporations.”

According to Bisnow, “tech and life sciences companies made up 67.1% of total office leasing activity in Silicon Valley and 64.6% in San Francisco for 2017 through midyear 2018.” With nearly daily headlines of Facebook and other tech giants snapping up huge swaths of space in San Francisco and its surrounds, it is no surprise that the Bay Area’s tech leasing activity is approximately 40% higher than the nation.

Tech, media, and e-commerce firms, both large and small, understand that in order to be competitive and attract talent, they need a physical presence in the Bay Area. San Francisco Bay Area continues to hold the title for most tech jobs in the United States. Real estate professionals project that tech will continue to expand in Silicon Valley, although solutions to issues such as affordable housing/cost of living will need to be explored to retain the skilled labor force necessary for start-ups and big tech.

Source: Costar
By: Randyl Drummer
Link: Starwood Capital

Investment firm Starwood Capital Group has sold 33 prime office properties totaling 3.3 million square feet in San Diego; Portland, Oregon; and Raleigh, North Carolina, to a Singapore-based developer in its first foray into U.S. real estate investment, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Starwood Capital had been quietly shopping the portfolio with New York brokerage Eastdil Secured and accepted an offer from Ascendas-Singbridge Group, a developer and investor jointly owned by Singapore state-owned real estate companies Temasek Holdings and JTC Corp., said the sources, who are not authorized to publicly discuss the transaction.

In a brief release that did not mention Starwood, Ascendas-Singbridge said Friday it plans to expand within the U.S. and is opening an office in San Francisco to provide support for asset management, business development and other related services.

Ascendas-Singbridge manages more than $14.6 billion in global assets, predominantly in Asia and Australia. According to its website, Miguel Ko, the current executive director and group chief executive of Ascendas-Singbridge, is the former chairman and president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific Division.

The discussions come as the group and parent company Temasek also aim to buy into the lucrative North American shared workspace market as part of a $45 million investment in Breather, a flexible workspace provider.

Sources in Los Angeles, San Diego and Portland said the portfolio includes most of Starwood Capital’s office holdings in San Diego and the Portland suburb of Beaverton, Oregon, plus properties in North Carolina.

The portfolio includes a heavy concentration of office and flex properties in the Rancho Bernardo and Sorrento Mesa areas of San Diego, home to many technology and life science companies, a source said.

Starwood acquired 12 San Diego buildings in 2014 totaling more than 1 million square feet in Rancho Bernardo and Sorrento Mesa from Los Angeles-based developer Kilroy Realty Corp. for $295 million, according to CoStar data. The properties, mostly built between 2000 and 2006, include six office buildings and a flex building at an office park in Rancho Bernardo known as Innovation Corporate Center, a source said.

The San Diego properties being sold also include the three-story, 318,000-square-foot Pacific Corporate Center at 10020 Pacific Mesa Blvd., occupied by medical device maker Becton, Dickinson and Co., and several buildings at Sorrento Mesa’s The Campus at Sorrento Gateway, the source said.

The bulk of Starwood’s current Portland portfolio is comprised of office and flex buildings in Beaverton acquired from Glendale, California-based PS Business Parks Inc. Starwood purchased 25 low-rise buildings, ranging from 16,500 to 65,500 square feet each from PS in October 2014 for $164.1 million, according to CoStar data. Most were built in the 1980s and 1990s.

Eastdil and Ascendas-Singbridge did not immediately return calls or emails requesting comment on the transaction. Starwood Capital didn’t immediately comment.

The portfolio purchase is the first major real estate investment in North America for Ascendas-Singbridge, which has properties in 28 cities in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. The group, under its subsidiary Ascendas, manages three Singapore exchange-listed funds, including Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, Ascendas India Trust and Ascendas Hospitality Trust. Ascendas-Singbridge also manages several private real estate funds.

Ascendas REIT just last month announced its first push beyond Australia and Asia into Europe, which includes a plan to buy 12 logistics properties in the United Kingdom. Ascendas-Singbridge Group Chief Investment Officer He Jihong said in a statement the move “fits well with Ascendas-Singbridge Group’s plans to widen our international presence.”

Ascendas-Singbridge and Temasek are also aiming to indirectly enter the shared workspace business through their investment in Breather, a flexible workspace provider specializing in leases of less than a year. Breather, launched in Montreal by entrepreneurs Caterina Rizzi and Julien Smith in 2013, announced in June it had raised $45 million from Ascendas-Singbridge, Temasek, Menlo Ventures, Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and others to expand into more markets and provide “longer duration bookings.”