Supermarket Income REIT pays £82.9m for two supermarkets

Supermarket Income REIT pays £82.9m for two supermarkets

Supermarket Income REIT has acquired two supermarkets for £82.9 million, reflecting a combined net initial yield of 4.9%. 

The REIT acquired the 18.7 acre site in Chineham, Basingstoke from Tellon Capital, comprising a 60,938 sq ft net sales area Tesco superstore with a large omnichannel operation, a 16-pump petrol filling station and 878 parking spaces.

The store is an online hub for Tesco, operating 13 home delivery vans and a dedicated Click & Collect facility in the car park. The property also includes an M&S Foodhall, Iceland and further complementary non-food tenants. The Tesco store has a remaining lease term of 12 years and is subject to 5-yearly open market rent reviews.

The company acquired an Asda store in Carcroft, Doncaster, comprising a 45,813 sq ft net sales area omnichannel supermarket which sits on a 5.2 acre site and includes 340 parking spaces.

Asda has operated from the site since the 1970s with the store being fully refurbished in 2019. The store supports Asda’s online fulfilment in the area through Click & Collect. The property was acquired via a direct sale and leaseback transaction with Asda under a new 100 year lease. The property is subject to 5-yearly rent reviews which are upwards only and CPI-linked (subject to a 2.5% cap and a 0.0% floor).

The company also said it has arranged a new £412.1 million unsecured credit facility with a bank syndicate comprising Barclays, Royal Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo and Royal Bank of Scotland International.

This is the first time the company has accessed unsecured debt financing.

The new unsecured facility consists of three tranches:

·    £250.0 million five year revolving credit facility (with two further one year extension options, up to a maximum term of seven years);

·    £100.0 million three year term loan (with two further one year extension options, up to a maximum term of five years); and a

·    £62.1 million eighteen month term loan (with one further 18 month extension option, up to a maximum term of three years)

The new unsecured facility has a margin of 1.5% over SONIA and a weighted average term of 6 years.

The new unsecured facility will be used in part to refinance £255.0 million of existing secured commitments in addition to providing further debt capital to continue to fund the growth of the company.

Ben Green, Director of Atrato Capital Limited, the Investment Adviser to Supermarket Income REIT plc, said:   “These acquisitions further strengthen and complement SUPR’s portfolio. Chineham Park was a rare opportunity to acquire a Tesco, an M&S Foodhall and an Iceland in a single transaction. The Asda acquisition represents the longest duration asset in the portfolio with a very long 100 year lease.

The new unsecured facility is a significant milestone for SUPR, the scale and quality of the portfolio now enabling the company to finance on an unsecured basis. We are delighted with the level of financing support received from our existing and new relationship banks, affirming the robust nature of the grocery sector.”