Regional REIT divests industrial property portfolio for £45m

Regional REIT divests industrial property portfolio for £45m

Regional REIT has agreed to sell an industrial property portfolio to ARA Dunedin for £45 million.

Regional REIT said this reflects a net initial yield of 6.75% to the purchaser and is 7.5% above the valuation as at 31 December 2020. ”After capital expenditure, the sale represents an uplift of 18.0% from the acquisition price.”

In line with the company’s stated strategy to exit the industrial sector in preference for higher yielding regional office investments, this disposal marks the sale of 62% (by value) of the company’s industrial holdings held as at 31 December 2020.

It is anticipated that the proceeds from the disposal will be promptly recycled into the group’s strong pipeline of higher yielding office investments to further diversify the portfolio by geography and income stream.

Completion is expected to take place in August 2021.

“The disposal of this industrial portfolio at 18% above the acquisition price enables the recycling of capital into higher yielding assets, where our bespoke asset management platform can best add shareholder value. This will also allow the Company to continue to focus on its clear strategy of offering investors exposure to a geographically diversified portfolio of regional office assets,” said Stephen Inglis, CEO of London & Scottish Property Investment Management, the Asset Manager of Regional REIT.

”We look forward to providing a further update regarding the reinvestment of the proceeds from the sale in due course.”