Novi’s Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest temperature-controlled storage and logistics solutions provider, today announced it has raised $1.6 billion in equity from new and existing strategic partners to continue its expansion and to invest in technology.
Participating investors include Oxford Properties Group, BentallGreenOak, D1 Capital Partners, Cohen & Steers, OPTrust, CenterSquare Investment Management, and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, among others.
“This significant investment — from both new and existing investors — is validation of our business model, our innovative strategy and our plans to continue expanding our footprint as the world’s largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company,” says Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage.
“As we reimagine the food supply chain and execute on our company purpose to eliminate waste and help feed the world, we remain focused on driving value for our more than 5,000 customers by operating globally and deploying industry-changing technologies to create efficiencies across our 320 facilities.”
During 2020, Lineage has announced 16 acquisitions and executed 15 new expansions and greenfield facilities. The company also says it continues to develop a number of the world’s most advanced fully automated warehouses that will reduce environmental intensity, while providing flexible and expansive capacity for customers during a period where the global pandemic is putting acute strain on the global food supply chain. New capital will fuel these increasingly large investments.
“Since the company’s founding in 2008, we have been on a mission to transform the food chain by building a global platform, fueling it with advanced technologies and putting in place a world-class leadership team to lead this industry,” says Adam Forste, co-executive chairman of Lineage and co-founder and managing partner at Bay Grove, which founded and manages Lineage Logistics.
“From the acquisition of our first warehouse, we have been able to build Lineage by having great investors – this capital raise adds an incredible group of new strategic partners and board participants that will further accelerate our ability to grow and innovate.”
In conjunction with this capital raise, Oxford Properties President Michael Turner will join Lineage’s Board of Directors, bringing with him decades of commercial real estate experience. Oxford is a leading global investor, developer and manager of commercial real estate with approximately $60 billion in assets under management. Operating across four continents, Oxford’s portfolio spans over 100 million square feet across both global gateway cities and high-growth hubs where it invests in properties, portfolios, development sites, debt, securities and platforms across the risk-reward spectrum.
“Over recent years, Oxford has substantially increased our exposure to logistics real estate by selectively investing in a series of best-in-class operators across the globe, and Lineage represents the premier operator in cold storage sector,” says Turner. “I look forward to working with the Lineage management team and the rest of the board, which has transformed the company into the global market leader. Our investment demonstrates our confidence in the team, the platform it has built and Lineage’s growth opportunities.”
The company also announced new board observers, each with extensive real estate investment experience, including John Carrafiell, a founder and senior managing partner of real estate investment management and advisory firm BentallGreenOak; and Zhang Xin, CEO of SOHO China, one of China’s largest commercial property developers.
Morgan Stanley and Eastdil Secured acted as placement agents, and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel for Lineage.
See the September-October 2020 issue of DBusiness magazine for a feature on the growth of Lineage Logistics (Page 78).
Written by Tim Keenan for DBusiness magazine.