During Q2 2019, gross take-up on the Czech industrial market, which includes renegotiations, reached 380,500 sqm showing an increase of 21% over the Q2 2018. The Industrial Research Forum announced the final industrial market figures for Q2 2019.
Total stock & new supply
Total modern developer-led warehouse stock in the Czech Republic currently accounts for 8.04 million sqm. Approximately 153,000 sqm was newly delivered to the market in Q2 2019 within 14 industrial parks across the Czech Republic, showing 11% decrease compared to the same period in the previous year and decrease by 5% in comparison with the previous quarter.
Major completions include a 39,400 sqm building in Prologis Park Brno, out of which 12% has been already leased. The second-largest completion is the first half of a building located in CTPark Ostrava (14,100 sqm) which is fully pre-leased by a confidential manufacturing company. The third-largest completed building of the quarter is in Business Park Ostrava with 12,700 sqm. The space was pre-leased by logistics company VAS Solutions.
Projects under construction
At the end of Q2 2019, the total stock under construction in the Czech Republic amounted to 467,700 sqm. Approximately 16% of that space is located in Greater Prague. During Q2 2019 development works started on 81,700 sqm. Approximately 87% of the industrial construction pipeline is due for delivery by the end of 2019. The share of speculative floor space under construction has currently decreased to 52%.
During Q2 2019, gross take-up, which includes renegotiations, reached 380,500 sqm showing an increase of 2% over the Q1 2019 figures. In comparison to the same period of the previous year, gross take-up increased by 21%.
Net take-up in Q2 2019 totalled 222,100 sqm, showing a decrease of 16% on the previous quarter figures. Year on year comparison is showing an increase of approximately 1%. Net demand in Q2 2019 was driven mainly by manufacturing companies (64%).
During Q2 2019, the share of renegotiations accounted for 42%.
The largest new transaction in Q2 2019 was a pre-lease of 27,400 sqm in the Panattoni Park Cheb II which was signed by Real Digital. The second-largest transaction was a pre-lease of 25,200 sqm in CTPark Ostrava concluded by production Hyundai Steel Czech. The largest renegotiation in Q2 2019 was concluded by an undisclosed company prolonging their 32,000 sqm lease in Prologis Park Prague-Airport.
During Q2 2019, the vacancy rate in the Czech Republic reached 4.4%, having increased by 75 bps since Q1 2019. This represents a total of 356,300 sqm of modern industrial premises ready for immediate occupation. Vacancy in Greater Prague reached 3.7% at the end of Q2 2019.
Prime headline rents achieved in the Czech Republic stay during the second quarter of 2019 at €4.60/sqm/month. The rents for mezzanine office space stand at between €8.50-9.00/sqm/month. Service charges typically reach around €0.50-0.65/sqm/month.
The Industrial Research Forum was established in 2010 with its aim to provide clients with consistent, accurate and transparent data about the Czech Republic industrial real estate market. The members of the Industrial Research Forum, CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield and JLL, share non-sensitive information and believe the establishment of the Industrial Research Forum will enhance transparency on the Czech industrial market.
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