SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AMB Property Corporation® (NYSE: AMB), a leading owner, operator and developer of global industrial real estate, today announced the formation of AMB China Logistics Venture I. The venture's investment strategy is to develop, acquire, own, operate and dispose of logistics properties in key markets in China.
"With six of the world's busiest ports and a limited supply of Class A distribution space, China represents a compelling investment opportunity," said Guy F. Jaquier, president, Europe & Asia and president, Private Capital. "AMB remains committed to developing private capital ventures targeting its global growth markets. During the first quarter of 2011, we have added more than $1 billion in new third-party equity commitments to our platforms around the world."
AMB's partner in the venture is HIP China Logistics Investments Limited. The joint venture's overall equity commitment is $588 million, of which AMB will contribute $88 million. The venture is currently targeting investments of up to $1.1 billion over the next four years.
Post closing, the expectation is that the majority of AMB's operating and under-development properties, as well as its land in China, will be contributed to the venture. The venture's initial target regions include the Yangtse River Delta, the Bohai Bay Area, the Pearl River Delta and Western China.
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AMB Property Corporation® is a leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2010, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 159.6 million square feet (14.8 million square meters) in 49 markets within 15 countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution® facilities—industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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