Auto Supply-Chain Constraints Won’t Deter Dealership Rent Payments
Supply-chain constraints will not hamper Canadian automobile dealers’ ability to pay rents, says Automotive Properties REIT.
“Overall, the REIT believes that the fundamentals of the automotive dealership business remain solid, and that the industry is resilient and essential,” said APR in its third-quarter report.
North America’s automotive industry has been hit hard by supply-chain constraints in the past two years due to microchip, parts and electric-vehicle battery shortages, port bottlenecks, unavailability of containers and other factors. Pressures have eased somewhat, but APR noted that certain automobile models and brands’ supply remains constrained.
APR expects continued consolidation within the “highly fragmented” auto-dealership sector over the mid-to-long-term as increased industry sophistication and growing capital requirements encourage more economies of scale. The REIT owns 77 auto-dealership properties containing 2.9 million square feet of gross leasable area across Canada. The REIT
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Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.