2019 Net Lease Industrial Sales Volume & Cap Rates

Single-tenant industrial sales volume versus average cap rates, updated quarterly.
Source: Stan Johnson Co. Research, Real Capital Analytics

Coming off a tremendously strong 2018, the single-tenant net lease industrial sector experienced a bit of a hangover in the first half of 2019. Momentum did not carry over to the current year and sale totals appear a bit lackluster compared to the record-setting $32.0 billion reported in 2018. With $4.8 billion in sales reported during first quarter 2019, and another $6.2 billion in the last three months, the industrial sector is currently not on pace for a repeat year. However, compared to recent historical averages, investment demand is still quite strong, and it’s likely that we’ll see annual sales volume finish the year somewhere between 2015 and 2017’s reported totals. As has happened in past cycles, average cap rates across the sector have steadily marched upwards since bottoming out this time last year. Since then, cap rates have increased 33 basis points to an average of 6.5 percent, and future increases are expected now that we’re past this market cycle’s peak.

Focusing on business development, industry and client-specific research, and the analysis of local and national market trends, Lanie Beck has been the Director of Research for Stan Johnson Co. since 2013.

—Posted on Sep. 24, 2019


Source: Stan Johnson Co. Research, Real Capital Analytics

Fourth quarter 2018 saw a tremendous amount of demand in the single-tenant net lease industrial sector. Nearly $12.0 billion in sales brought the annual total to a record-breaking $31.5 billion, but the momentum was short-lived. First quarter 2019 witnessed a rather dramatic slowing of activity as the market posted below-average sales totals of only $4.5 billion, which puts the market on track to match 2016 sales levels.

Unlike the retail and office sectors, industrial cap rates have begun to rise–a full 12 basis points in first quarter 2019 to an average of 6.39 percent. But current economic conditions are incredibly favorable for investors. And as consumers put more and more pressure on retailers to deliver goods faster and more efficiently, the industrial sector will play a very important role–and that means sustained, if not increasing, demand for warehouses, distribution facilities, and manufacturing buildings.

Already-strong industrial markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas will continue to be major logistics hubs. But second- and third-tier markets like Memphis, Tenn., Indianapolis, Ind., East Bay, Cincinnati, and many others will provide outstanding opportunities for investors to purchase newly constructed industrial assets with growing and established companies as they expand their footprints to better reach consumers.

Focusing on business development, industry and client-specific research, and the analysis of local and national market trends, Lanie Beck has been the Director of Research for Stan Johnson Co. since 2013.

—Posted on June 20, 2019