3 October 2017
Custodian REIT plc
("Custodian REIT" or the "Company")
Purchase of Property
Custodian REIT (LSE: CREI), the UK property investment company, is pleased to announce a further property purchase.
The Company has acquired a 43,370 sq ft distribution unit on Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston, one of the most established industrial centres in Scotland at junction three of the M8, 15 miles from Edinburgh and 30 miles from Glasgow. Nearby occupiers include Booker, Iceland and Hays.
The unit is let to A Share & Sons Limited (trading as SCS) on a lease expiring on 2 October 2022. The agreed purchase price reflects a net initial yield1 of 7.5%, subject to agreement of an ongoing rent review.
The agreed purchase price of £2.59 million was funded from the Company's existing debt facilities, resulting in net gearing2 increasing to 19.4% loan to value.
Commenting on the acquisition, Richard Shepherd-Cross, Managing Director of Custodian Capital Limited (the Company's discretionary investment manager), said:
"We are delighted to have secured this unit located on one of Scotland's prime distribution parks and let to a market leading retailer. The unit is SCS's only distribution location in Scotland and the tenant is committed to the site."
1 Passing rent divided by purchase price plus assumed purchasers' costs.
2 Gross borrowings less unrestricted cash divided by last published property portfolio valuation.
For further information, please contact:
Custodian Capital Limited
Richard Shepherd-Cross / Nathan Imlach / Ian Mattioli MBE
Tel: +44 (0)116 240 8740
Numis Securities Limited
Hugh Jonathan/Nathan Brown
Tel: +44 (0)20 7260 1000
Notes to Editors
Custodian REIT plc is a UK real estate investment trust, which listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange on 26 March 2014. Its portfolio comprises properties predominantly let to institutional grade tenants on long leases throughout the UK and is characterised by small lot sizes, with individual property values of less than £10 million at acquisition.
The Company offers investors the opportunity to access a diversified portfolio of UK commercial real estate through a closed-ended fund. By targeting smaller lot size properties, the Company intends to provide investors with an attractive level of income with the potential for capital growth.
Custodian Capital Limited is the discretionary investment manager of the Company.
For more information visit www.custodianreit.com and www.custodiancapital.com.