SAO PAULO, August 17, 2023 – GIC, a global institutional investor, in partnership with Barzel Properties, a leading real estate management and development firm, has completed the acquisition of five distribution centers and four retail stores through a sale-leaseback contract with Carrefour Brazil Group in a transaction valued at approximately R$1.2 billion.
The transaction is supported by a 20-year renewable lease contract with Carrefour Brazil Group, a leading Brazilian retail and private employer. Under this contract, Barzel Properties will ensure a stable, long-term revenue stream through a rental agreement, adjusted annually for inflation.
"We are thrilled to complete the acquisition of nine of Carrefour Brazil Group’s assets alongside our strategic partner, Barzel Properties,” said Lee Kok Sun, Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate, GIC. “GIC is confident in the portfolio’s long-term potential in Brazil, which is underscored by the stores’ strong operational performance and warehouses’ strategic locations in major logistics markets."
"Despite uncertainties in the global macroeconomic environment, this transaction serves as a testament to GIC’s confidence in top-tier assets backed by robust companies with good credit ratings,” said Adam Gallistel, Head of Americas Real Estate, GIC. “In Brazil, we have been continuously exploring sale-leaseback opportunities underpinned by long-term contracts and companies with solid and growing operations, such as Carrefour Brazil Group.”
“We are immensely pleased to strengthen our partnership with GIC through this exceptionally promising transaction,” said Nessim Daniel Sarfati, CEO of Barzel Properties. “The strategic locations of these assets combined with Carrefour Brazil Group’s robust operational track record and the 20-year lease contract will provide a stable and reliable rent income stream. We have high confidence in the future potential of the acquired assets.”