Inventory Fails to Keep Up With Demand

Wayne, PA (October 29, 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its third-quarter 2018 industrial market reports for Greater Philadelphia and the I-81/78 Corridor. The combined markets closed the period with 5.0 million square feet of positive absorption. Warehouse properties accounted for 4.5 million square feet of this quarter’s occupancy gains. Overall vacancy declined 10 basis points to 6.2 percent, while warehouse vacancy decreased 20 basis points to 7.0 percent. 4.3 million square feet delivered during the third quarter with most of it centered in the I-81/78 Corridor market.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania market closed the third quarter of 2018 with 263,684 square feet in negative absorption. Total vacancy for all property types increased 20 basis points from the second quarter to 5.9 percent. Philadelphia County and Montgomery County were the only submarkets in Southeastern Pennsylvania with quarterly positive absorption reporting occupancy gains of 31,748 square feet and 111,795 square feet, respectively. During the third quarter, AgustaWestland began its move into 47,750 square feet at 9230-9250 Ashton Road in Philadelphia County. The tenant will occupy its remaining space in October. In Montgomery County, Cambria moved into 65,000 square feet at 780 3rd Avenue.

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NKF Welcomes Sandra Benek to its Project Management Team

Philadelphia, PA (October 26, 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) welcomes Sandra Benek as a senior member of its Project Management team in the greater Philadelphia region. Ms. Benek is an accomplished project manager with over 10 years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in project coordination, programming, space planning, design details and interior design.

In her role at NKF, Ms. Benek will focus on working closely with the end-user to understand their culture, expectations and full scope of each requirement. Her deep experience in programming and developing budget estimates will also ensure all planning and construction cost efficiencies are captured at the early stages of the engagement when budget expectations are being set. With this tried-and-true process, all critical milestones are met, vendors are coordinated seamlessly during the installation process, and minimal distractions are guaranteed on move date.

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New Warehouse Deliveries Drive Absorption Gains

Wayne, PA (August 6, 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its second quarter 2018 industrial market reports for Greater Philadelphia and the I-81/78 Corridor. The combined markets closed the period with 1.3 million square feet of occupancy gains. Despite the positive absorption, the combined vacancy rate rose 50 basis points to 6.4 percent as six properties were delivered. Of the six, five warehouse properties delivered this quarter along the I-81/78 Corridor totaling 3.7 million square feet. Three of the buildings delivered vacant, for a total of 2.4 million square feet. The sixth building, a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse located in the Southeastern market at 270 Midway Road in Berks County, also delivered vacant.

The Southern New Jersey market recorded 278,921 square feet in positive absorption, rebounding from rare negative absorption in Q1 2018. At midyear, the market posted 106,007 square feet in occupancy gains. Quarter-over-quarter, overall vacancy fell 20 basis points to 3.8 percent, a near record low for the market. The Burlington County submarket led the way with 174,684 square feet in positive quarterly absorption, followed by Camden County with 81,996 square feet and Gloucester County with 22,241 square feet. Both Burlington County and Camden County fell 30 basis points to 3.2 percent, while Gloucester County remained steady at 5.4 percent. The two largest moves were Revel Nail, which occupied 115,681 square feet at 90 Coles Road in Camden County and Ta Chen International occupying 96,529 square feet at 1651 River Road in Burlington County. Additionally, Amazon leased 1.0 million square feet of warehouse space at 1101 East Pearl Street. NKF Senior Managing Director Kurt Montagano said, “The market is stretched tight between e-commerce firms serving the region and companies out of New York and Northern New Jersey searching for cheaper warehouse space. Expect rates to continue to rise under this demand pressure.”

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Comcast Technology Center Opens

Philadelphia, PA (July 24, 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its second-quarter 2018 office reports for the greater Philadelphia region. The reports detail no slowdown in activity for Southeastern Pennsylvania, while the delivery of the Comcast Technology Center results in the Philadelphia Central Business District (CBD) recording over 1.0 million square feet of positive absorption. Both Delaware’s suburban submarkets and the Southern New Jersey market struggle with rising vacancy.

Southeastern Pennsylvania recorded 709,719 square feet of positive absorption for the first half of the year and surpassed 2017’s year-end absorption by 148,000 square feet. Overall vacancy decreased 60 basis points quarter-over-quarter to 14.0 percent. USSC Group’s expansion into 300,000-square-foot at 101 Gordon Drive, located in the Exton/Malvern submarket, accounted for most of the quarter’s 355,000 square feet of absorption. On the downside, some suburban tenants decided to shed excess space, which pushed year-over-year sublease availability up 10 basis points to 2.0 percent. In the Fort Washington submarket, T-Mobile relocated and downsized from 45,000 square feet at 500 Virginia Drive to 24,112 square feet at 475 Virginia Drive. Transamerica, located in the Exton/Malvern submarket, outsourced a number of business line jobs to a third-party provider, downsizing from 90,300 square feet at 300 Eagleview Boulevard to 9,500 square feet at 350 Eagleview Boulevard.

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New Warehouse Deliveries Drive Absorption Gains

Philadelphia, PA (January 24 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its fourth quarter 2017 reports for the Greater Philadelphia and the I-81/78 Corridor industrial markets. The combined markets closed the fourth quarter with 2.2 million square feet of occupancy gains and 15.9 million square feet of positive absorption for the year. Quarter-over-quarter, the combined vacancy rate stayed steady at 6.8 percent as the market, especially in Southeastern Pennsylvania, remained extremely tight. Several buildings also delivered this quarter, the majority of which were warehouse/distribution space: two warehouse buildings delivered in the Southern New Jersey market totaling 0.67 million square feet, and two warehouse buildings delivered in the I-81/78 Corridor market totaling 1.62 million square feet. The I-81/78 Corridor continued to capture the majority of the construction pipeline; 11.0 million square feet of the combined markets’ 16.0 million square feet under construction, is warehouse space.

The Southern New Jersey market recorded only 310,194 square feet in positive absorption, the lowest quarterly absorption in two years. Still, the year-to-date absorption of 5.8 million is almost equivalent to 2016’s 5.9 million. The Burlington and Camden County submarkets drove absorption this quarter, posting occupancy gains of 192,716 square feet and 181,048 square feet, respectively. The Gloucester County submarket posted negative absorption of 63,570 square feet. Quarter-over-quarter, overall vacancy in the market increased 30 basis points to 4.3 percent. While vacancy in Burlington County stayed level at 3.6 percent and Camden County fell 50 basis points to 2.9 percent, the Gloucester County submarket rose 190 basis points to end the year at 7.3 percent. The rise in vacancy was attributed to 480,480 square feet being vacated at 395 Pedricktown Road; Kenco Logistics plans to occupy the property in its entirety in early 2018. Kurt Montagano, NKF senior managing director, had this to say on the health of the market, “Activity remains high, driven mostly by logistics and e-commerce companies. Rental rates are also climbing, but remain low enough to attract companies from Northern New Jersey as even higher rates there drive businesses south.”

In the Delaware market, tenant activity picked up again in the warehouse sector after a slow third quarter. The sector reported 144,920 square feet in positive absorption, lowering the vacancy rate by 130 basis points to end at 7.3 percent. With the increased activity, warehouse and R&D/flex lease rates both rose, moving up $0.26 to $4.81 per square foot and $0.25 to $6.08 per square foot, respectively. Overall rents in Delaware rose $0.10 to $4.54 per square foot as general industrial rents declined along with activity.

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s vacancy rate remained at 6.8 percent for the sixth consecutive quarter. According to Eustace Wolfington, NKF senior managing director, “While activity in the market remains high, industrial sales and leasing is hampered by a lack of product. Build-to-suit opportunities exist, but for prospects with immediate needs, the timing is problematic.” The fourth quarter closed with 393,863 square feet in positive absorption for the market, but only 134,804 square feet for the year. Lancaster and Montgomery Counties posted the largest quarterly occupancy gains, with 207,945 square feet and 203,249 square feet of positive absorption respectively. Large movements included Steel-Tec occupying 43,979 square feet at 167 Greenfield Road in Lancaster County and Provident Marketing occupying 132,405 square feet at 330 S Warminster Road in Montgomery County. While vacancy has remained flat, industrial lease rates have continued to rise, reaching a new high of $5.47 per square foot, an increase of $0.13 per square foot over the previous quarter. The warehouse/distribution sector was the primary driver, as e-commerce demand increased the average lease rate $0.65 to end the year at $4.69 per square foot.

Vacancy for I-81/78 Corridor warehouse/distribution properties stayed steady in the fourth quarter of 2017 to end the year at 6.7 percent, down 20 basis points from the end of 2016, despite the addition of 9.2 million square feet of new space. Tim Brogan, NKF senior managing director, noted, “Construction continued steadily in the I-81/78 Corridor warehouse market, just barely keeping up with demand. 1.6 million square feet delivered this quarter, with 11.0 million in the pipeline, all of which slated for warehouse/distribution space as the e-commerce boom continues.” Rents for warehouse product rose slightly, going up $0.07 to end the fourth quarter at $4.38 per square foot. Overall, the Central Pennsylvania submarket recorded 1.2 million square feet of positive absorption as Kohler occupied one million square feet at 225 Allen Road. Absorption was smaller in the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania submarkets, but was still positive. Lehigh Valley posted 169,349 square feet in occupancy gains, attributed to Air Liquide’s occupying 105,000 square feet at 1379 South Delaware Drive, while Northeastern PA had just 24,855 square feet of absorption.

About Newmark Knight Frank
Newmark Knight Frank (“NKF”), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. (“Newmark”), is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Newmark has over 4,600 employees in over 120 offices. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF’s 15,000 professionals operate from more than 400 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. With roots dating back to 1929, NKF’s strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. We offer a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers across the entire commercial real estate industry.

Our investor/owner services and products include investment sales, agency leasing, property management, valuation and advisory, diligence, underwriting and, under trademarks and names like Berkeley Point and NKF Capital Markets, government sponsored enterprise lending, loan servicing, debt and structured finance and loan sales. Our occupier services and products include tenant representation, real estate management technology systems, workplace and occupancy strategy, global corporate services consulting, project management, lease administration and facilities management. We enhance these services and products through innovative real estate technology solutions and data analytics designed to enable our clients to increase their efficiency and profits by optimizing their real estate portfolio. We have relationships with many of the world’s largest commercial property owners, real estate developers and investors, as well as Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 2000 companies. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

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Activity in the Philadelphia CBD Picks up in the Fourth Quarter

Philadelphia, PA (January 19, 2018) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its fourth quarter 2017 office reports for the greater Philadelphia region. The reports detail how the Philadelphia Central Business District (CBD) reported positive absorption in the fourth quarter, after downsizing and fewer tenants relocating from outside the market kept CBD vacancy at high levels for most of the year. Suburban Philadelphia performed strongly in 2017, but market fundamentals weakened in both the Southern New Jersey and Delaware office markets.

Year-over-year, the CBD reported a 160 basis point increase in vacancy, which closed the fourth quarter at 13.1 percent. The large blocks of space returned to the market were a result of tenants reworking their floorplans to be more efficient. Over the past twelve months, PNC, Verizon and Deloitte gave back space in the CBD. In addition, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia vacated 226,000 square feet at 3535 Market Street, but only to relocate to an owned property across the river.

The amount of Class A space returned to the market pushed Class A vacancy up 230 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2016 to 12.5 percent. While providing more options for tenants seeking premium space, it slowed rent growth for non-trophy Class A properties in the second half of 2017. Sid Smith, NKF executive managing director, said, “The economy is strong and after a brief pause in activity, there has been an increase in interest from tenants wishing to relocate from outside of the market to the CBD.”

Suburban Philadelphia reported 561,772 square feet in positive absorption for 2017, slightly higher than 2016’s total. Fourth quarter’s vacancy, at 14.7 percent, was the lowest level recorded since the third quarter of 2007. Most of the occupancy gains were centered in the northern suburban submarkets, which absorbed 451,775 square feet for the year assisted by Cenlar FSB’s move to nearly 106,000 square feet at 780 Township Line Road, Ashfield Healthcare’s occupancy of 82,000 square feet and AON PLC’s relocation to 77,000 square feet, both at 1100 Virginia Drive.

Despite healthy leasing activity, rent growth slowed slightly in the second half of 2017 as landlords tried to move larger blocks of space off the market. There is optimism that market fundamentals in 2018 will be strong. “Absorption will hold steady in 2018”, Reid Blynn, NKF executive managing director notes. “The market could see Class A rents break the $40 per square foot mark for premium space, as landlord’s gain negotiating leverage.”

Quarter-over-quarter, vacancy fell 50 basis points in the Southern New Jersey market to 15.3 percent. Vacancy is also slightly down from the fourth quarter of 2016. After two quarters of negative or barely positive absorption, the last three months of the year reported 81,763 square feet in occupancy gains. During the fourth quarter, Jefferson Health occupied 26,250 square feet at 400 Laurel Oak Road, Jet Brains moved into 4,124 square feet at 10 Lake Center Drive and Comax Manufacturing took 3,598 square feet at 12 East Stow Road.

Subaru’s new headquarters on the Camden waterfront delivered in the fourth quarter. There is concern about the impact on vacancy in the surrounding submarkets when Subaru consolidates to its new building in spring of 2018 and American Water consolidates to its new Camden headquarters at the end of 2018. Said Anne Klein, NKF executive managing director, “Although the new Camden office park developments, along with NJ Grow state incentives, are luring office users a few miles down the road, not all of the potential half a million square feet of new vacancy may be dumped on the market. The lead time we have to backfill space, in addition to the expansion of other existing office users and the repurposing of certain buildings, may help to limit the increase in vacancy over the next few years.”

The Wilmington metro office market posted a second consecutive quarter of negative absorption (46,300 square feet) and recorded only 2,361 square feet in occupancy gains for the year. According to Wills Elliman, NKF senior managing director, “The Delaware market faces the unenviable position of having both weak demand for and an oversupply of quality properties.” Year-over-year, overall vacancy increased 10 basis points to 16.3 percent mostly due to rising availability in the Class A market. Class A vacancy rose 80 basis points over the past twelve months to 16.3 percent.

There was good news for the Wilmington metro market in the fourth quarter when Sallie Mae leased 57,756 square feet at 84-90 Christiana Road and the United States Attorney’s Office signed a lease for 35,573 square feet at 1313 North Market Street. Despite weakening market fundamentals, the Wilmington CBD was home to two of 2017’s largest deals in the region: Capital One’s renewal and expansion of 330,000 square feet at 800 and 802 Delaware Avenue, and the Chemours sale and leaseback of 256,000 square feet at the DuPont Building.

About Newmark Knight Frank
Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF’s 15,000 professionals operate from more than 400 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.

With roots dating back to 1929, NKF’s strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. NKF’s full-service platform comprises BGC’s real estate services segment, offering commercial real estate tenants, landlords, investors and developers a wide range of services including leasing, corporate advisory services, consulting, project and development management, property and corporate facilities management services, valuation and advisory services, and capital markets services provided through its NKF Capital Markets brand. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

NKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit www.bgcpartners.com.

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New Warehouse Deliveries Drive Absorption Gains

Philadelphia, PA (October 16, 2017) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its third-quarter 2017 reports for the Greater Philadelphia region and the I-81/78 Corridor industrial markets this week. Greater Philadelphia’s industrial market, including I-81/78, closed the third quarter of the year with just shy of two million square feet in positive absorption. Quarter-over-quarter the vacancy rate rose 30 basis points to 6.9 percent, and the market, especially in the Southern Pennsylvania region, remains extremely tight. Several warehouse buildings also delivered: three in the Southern New Jersey market totaling 2.2 million square feet, and four in the I-81/78 Corridor market totaling 2.1 million square feet. The I-81/78 Corridor continued to capture the majority of the construction pipeline.

The Southern New Jersey market recorded 1.5 million square feet in positive absorption. Specifically, the Gloucester County submarket contributed the bulk of the gains with 1,037,511 square feet, as Amazon occupied 1,181,240 square feet at a newly delivered building at 2651 Oldman’s Creek Road. Despite the Amazon move, vacancy in the Southern New Jersey warehouse/distribution market increased for the first time since fourth-quarter 2016, rising 70 basis points to end at 3.8 percent. The rise in vacancy is mainly attributed to 302,400 square feet of space vacated at 200 Arlington Boulevard. The rate remains among the lowest in recent years. Kurt Montagano, NKF senior managing director stated, “While vacancy for warehouse buildings rose slightly, rents rose as well. The warehouse and distribution market in Southern New Jersey remains very active.”

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