LondonMetric Property Plc announced that the Metric Income Plus Limited Partnership (“MIPP”), its joint venture with Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd. has exchanged contracts to acquire Trostre South Retail Park in Llanelli from Benesco, a charity, for £12.8 million (approx.€16 million), reflecting a net initial yield of 6.8%.
LondonMetric previously announced its agreement with USS to extend the Joint Venture by two years and grow the Company’s ownership to 50.0% from 33.3% through further investment.
The above acquisition will be funded entirely by LondonMetric from existing resources and upon completion of the transaction LondonMetric’s ownership in MIPP will rise to 42%.
The MIPP portfolio will comprise 19 properties, including Llanelli, with an investment value of £173.4 million (approx. €218 million) and a running yield of 6.3%. The average unexpired lease term across the Joint Venture portfolio is 14.4 years with 25% of the rental income benefiting from fixed uplifts.
Andrew Jones, Chief Executive of LondonMetric, commented: “This acquisition is consistent with MIPP’s investment criteria and demonstrates that, despite a competitive transaction environment, the Joint Venture can continue to source attractive deals that will deliver strong income returns and asset management upside.
“Having reached the Joint Venture’s original investment target in December today’s transaction enables LondonMetric to make progress towards achieving a 50% ownership position. On completion of Llanelli, we will increase our share of MIPP net income by a further £1.0 million per annum.”
Source: LondonMetric Property