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Expectations for MIPIM 2024

MIPIM, the world's largest real estate conference, will get underway in Cannes next month with over 20,000 delegates expected to attend. As in years past, many will be looking for the conference to bring some clarity on what the real estate industry should be looking out for in the year ahead. While the industry outlook remains murky, investors entered 2024 with a sense of optimism. Here are the biggest questions delegates will be looking to answer at MIPIM 2024. 

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Have Eurozone interest rates reached their peak? 

The market consensus is generally that the European Central Bank (ECB) has completed or is nearing the end of its rate hiking cycle. However, much to the disappointment of the market, the ECB did not give an indication on when rates would be cut. As a result, a continued upward pressure on yields and downward pressure on real estate valuations is expected through 2024. 

 

On a positive note, interest rates reaching their plateau should help jump start the investment market. Greater predictability will contribute to value discovery, cap rate stabilization and tightening bid-ask spreads. This will result in greater transaction activity and hopefully many discussions around prospective deals at MIPIM!  

 

What's the outlook for the European sale-leaseback market? 

Given borrowing costs are expected to remain high in 2024, sale-leasebacks will continue to be an attractive solution for companies to unlock the value of otherwise illiquid real estate assets. Furthermore, with a large share of speculative-grade debt expected to mature in 2025 and 2026, more companies will likely leverage sale-leasebacks for additional proceeds to get refinancing done. Sale-leasebacks offer permanent, long-term capital with no refinancing risk or balloon payments, which remains a very attractive alternative for companies in need of extra cash.

 

In addition, M&A activity is expected to increase in 2024, with private equity firms sitting on over $2.5 trillion in dry powder. Typically when M&A activity increases, there is an uptick in sale-leaseback opportunities, as private equity firms are increasingly leveraging sale-leaseback financing as part of the capital stack for new acquisitions. 

 

How can the real estate industry make ESG commitments a reality? 

The rollout of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) has put increased pressure on real estate companies to both implement and report on their ESG initiatives. As a result, companies are developing strategic plans to create and maintain sustainable real estate portfolios while also preparing to meet upcoming compliance standards. 

 

The challenge the real estate industry faces today is turning commitments into reality. One of the most important steps companies can take is creating more efficient and automated processes for the procurement and management of ESG data. The use of business intelligence and building technology significantly enhances the data collection process, allowing companies to evaluate potential building improvements, review opportunities to reduce emissions and meet future reporting requirements. MIPIM offers a valuable platform for the industry to discuss new ideas and possible solutions related to ESG.

 

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Christopher A. Mertlitz
Managing Director
Head of European Investments
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