Supermarket Income REIT plc has purchased two supermarkets, a Sainsbury's in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and an Asda in Cwmbran, South Wales, for a total purchase price of €66m (£55.1m). The company also announces an increase to its debt facility with Barclays and Royal Bank of Canada.
The Washington supermarket, which was originally developed in 1977 and extensively refurbished by Sainsbury's in 2011, comprises a 83,800ft² net sales area omnichannel supermarket, a 24-pump petrol filling station, and purpose-built online fulfilment docks. The store forms a key part of Sainsbury's online fulfilment operations across the region. The 11.7-acre site has provision for 800 car parking spaces and is prominently located in the town centre directly adjacent to the Galleries Shopping Centre. The Sainsbury's store is being acquired with an unexpired lease term of 34 years, with 7-yearly, upwards only, RPI-linked rent reviews (subject to 4.0% cap and a 1.0% floor). The acquisition also includes two standalone quick service restaurant units operated by KFC and Tim Hortons co-located on the same site.
The Asda store in Cwmbran, which represents SUPR's first Asda acquisition, comprises a 81,600ft² net sales area omnichannel supermarket located on a prominent 4.4-acre site adjacent to Cwmbran Shopping Centre with access to over 740 car parking spaces. Asda has been trading on the site since the 1970s, with the current store developed in 2015 to form a modern supermarket which is currently undergoing further expansion to incorporate new purpose-built online fulfilment docks. The store will form a key part of Asda's online fulfilment operations across the region. It is being acquired with an unexpired lease term of 10 years, with 5-yearly, upwards only, open market rent reviews.
Ben Green, Director of Atrato Capital Limited, the Investment Adviser to Supermarket Income REIT plc, said: "These acquisitions are strong additions to Supermarket Income REIT's growing portfolio of omnichannel stores and in combination are accretive to both the weighted average unexpired lease term and net initial yield of the Company's portfolio. In addition, the Asda acquisition provides further tenant diversification for the portfolio. We are also pleased to further strengthen our relationships with Barclays and Royal Bank of Canada, who continue to be key funding partners for Supermarket Income REIT. The increased facility provides us with additional capacity as we deploy the proceeds of our recent equity raise."