On occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Society of Transport Economics and Logistics, we highlight the SIET annual Conference and the 2016 Call for abstracts/papers. SIET s XVIII annual scientific meeting will take place on July 4th-5th 2016 in the Department of Economics of the University of Genoa. SIET invites all original contributions to submit scientific works in the typical fields of transport economics and logistics. Some suggested topics are:
- market regulation,
- economic and social impact of transport,
- transformations generated by innovation and ICT,
- the growing integration between different modes,
- sustainable transport policies.
SIET also encourages the participation of contributions dealing with the transport system carried out by researchers from different disciplines.
The deadline for the submission of the extended abstract (around 800 words) is April 15th. The acceptance of the work will be communicated by May 2nd and the final submission is expected by June 23rd.
Some conference sessions will involve the participation of a discussant for every presented work. In order to participate to these sessions the final work should be submitted by May 30th. The contributions received after this date will be presented in sessions without discussant.
The extended abstracts and full-articles must be sent to:
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Logos managing directors Trent Iliffe, rear, and John Marsh (left)
Asia s logistics real estate developers continue to be targetted by global investment heavyweights as Canada s Ivanhoe Cambridge and Australia s Macquarie Group have announced that they are making a joint offer to take over Logos Property Group, a warehouse builder with a portfolio spanning China and Australia. The takeover bid comes less than one month after Shanghai-based e-Shang and Singapore s Redwood Group merged in a non-cash deal to form one of the region s largest logistics real estate platforms. That merger was followed by a Dutch pension fund PGGM committing another $160 million to Redwood s platform at the end of January. Warehouse projects have been enjoying strong returns in Asia as the region s ecommerce sector takes off. The logistics sector is also seen as a source of more dependable cash flows as some other businesses in the region face fears of being buffeted by some of the recent currency and stock market gyrations.
Ivanhoe and Macquarie Send Notice to the European Commission
The bid by Ivanhoe Cambridge and Macquarie to take over Logos came to light after the two companies notified the European Commission of their objectives to jointly acquire both Logos Australia and Logos China on January 29th, according to a published account. The deal requires approval by the European regulator before it can be finalised. The two investors have not commented on the deal and no price has been revealed for the offer. Logos portfolio of assets across the two countries has been valued at A$2 billion ($1.4 billion).
Investors Bid to Become Owners
China s ecommerce sector grew by 33% last year, helping to drive demand for warehouses
Logos, which was founded in 2010 by veteran real estate executives Trent Iliffe and John Marsh, has grown rapidly in both China and Australia, attracting support from investors, including Macquarie and Ivanhoe Cambridge along the way. Early on the company gained support from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC also a major backer of market leader Global Logistics Properties and Macquarie Capital first invested in 2014.
Last year Macquarie assisted Logos in forming a $400 million China joint venture with Ivanhoe, a unit of Canada s Caisse de d p t et placement du Qu bec, and CBRE Global Investment Partners. Now Macquarie and Ivanhoe seem to like their partners well enough to buy them out entirely.
Ecommerce and IPOs
The high level of investor interest in what is usually seen as among the less glamorous real estate sectors is in no small part driven by the demand for large distribution centres to help support the expansion of ecommerce in the region. China s online sector sold RMB 3.9 trillion in goods last year, a one-third increase over 2014, according to China s National Bureau of Statistics, and this breakneck expansion is helping to fill new warehouses and raise rental rates.
Global Logistic Properties, or GLP, managed a S$3.45 billion IPO in 2010 based on the performance of its Chinese and Japanese warehouse assets, and the newly merged e-Shang Redwood is said to be targettting their own IPO of well north of $1 billion within one year s time.
While Ivanhoe Cambridge and Macquarie have not yet commented on their own longer term intentions, a similar stock listing could well be on the way.