As part of its efforts to enhance its office property
Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
) acquired a Houston-based property management company - Means
Knaus Partners (MKP). The financial terms were not disclosed.
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Adding approximately 16 million square feet to Jones Lang's
portfolio under management, this acquisition will enhance the
company's market share in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los
Angeles, Orlando and Tampa.
Jones Lang can leverage on MKP's operating platform, which
manages 80 prime metropolitan office assets throughout the U.S.
The acquisition also brings on board MKP's strong expertise.
These include the joining of Doug Knaus, MKP CEO, as an
International Director in Jones Lang LaSalle, and Robert Nowak,
MKP COO, as a Managing Director together with an approximate of
100 MKP staff members.
The acquired company that was set up by industry veterans, Steve
Means and Doug Knaus in 1998, will help Jones Lang reach the
numero uno position in Orlando and secure the second spot for
third-party management in Los Angeles County on a combined basis.
Jones Lang already enjoys the leading position in Chicago's CBD
and Denver, and the second spot in Chicago suburbs.
Early in August, Jones Lang also disclosed that its is expanding
in the Kansas City-area through the acquisition of commercial
real estate firm - Capital Realty - that managed approximately 90
properties (5.4 million square feet) across the Kansas City area
for regional and local institutional owners.
Serving as a center for transportation, freight and rail
industries and playing a key role in the national supply chain,
Kansas City is a prime industrial market that Jones Lang plans to
We expect the strategic purchases to bring in market
consolidation benefits for Jones Lang. The stock currently has a
Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), following lower-than-expected
second-quarter results on higher expenses and leasing revenue
declines in China, India and Australia.
A number of companies that are performing better and are worth a
look in the same industry include
), that carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) as well as
CBRE Group, Inc.
), both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).