Tamar European Industrial Fund sells assets in Norway and Belgium and leases in France (EU)

Tamar European Industrial Fund announces that it has secured two further sales in Norway and Belgium for a total consideration of £16.48 million (approx. €20.9 million) and a major letting in France.

The first sale is an asset located in Drammen, 40 km to the southwest of Oslo, comprising a logistics warehouse of 18,352 m². The property is fully let, with 90% of the rent secured by two Norwegian subsidiaries of Toyota on recently signed leases which expire at the end of 2020.

The transaction achieved a gross sale price of £15.65 million (approx. €19.9 million), prior to discounting for tax, reflecting a net initial yield of just over 8.5% and a 6.1% discount to the March 2012 valuation. The purchaser was an investor represented by a Norwegian equity syndicator.

The second sale comprises two further units at Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, an industrial estate in Belgium, a continuation of the unit-by-unit sales strategy which the Fund commenced in the second half of 2011. The two units, which were circa 50% vacant, have been sold to an owner occupier for £0.83 million (€1.05 million), which is a significant premium to valuation.

These recent disposals mean that 83% of the units at the industrial estate have now been sold, with only two units remaining.

Furthermore, TEIF announces a substantial letting at an asset in Trappes, France, situated 24 km to the southwest of Paris. The Fund has let a 10,000 m² warehouse to German fork-lift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich on a six year firm lease. The asset, which was purchased opportunistically with vacant possession at the end of 2011, will now be marketed for sale.

Rob Brook, Managing Director of Tamar Financial Services Ltd, Investment Manager to TEIF, commented:

"The sale of Drammen, the Fund's largest asset, means that the Nordic sales programme announced in 2011 is now over 75% complete. The discount to valuation can be attributed to continued weakening in the debt market.

"The Belgian disposal demonstrates that there remains a good level of demand from owner occupiers for the right product and at a level which can be more easily financed.

"The French asset was purchased vacant and formed part of the portfolio acquired from BNP in the final quarter of 2011. The quality of the tenant together with the six year firm lease should make the asset attractive to long term investors."

Union acted on behalf of TEIF on the Norwegian disposal and West Real Estate on the Belgian sale. BNP Paribas Real Estate acted on behalf of TEIF on the French letting.

Source: FTI Consulting

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