The Mercury

Atlantic Leaf adds £9m property to stable


Atlantic Leaf Properties, the UK-based real estate investment trust, yesterday announced a £9 million (R167m) acquisitio­n of a new industrial property in Denby in the UK.

It was Atlantic Leaf’s fifth acquisitio­n of industrial property in three months.

Atlantic Leaf had fully redeployed the proceeds from the disposal of its investment in the retail warehouse sector earlier in the year, the JSE and Mauritius-listed company said.

Its industrial exposure had increased by value to 79 percent, up from 70 percent at the 2019 year-end.

“We are pleased to have completed the transactio­n on this new distributi­on warehouse at an attractive net initial yield of 6.35 percent on a strong long-term lease”, said chief executive Paul Leaf-Wright.

He said the industrial and distributi­on warehouse sector in the UK continues to benefit from the growth in rentals and general demand driven by increasing volumes in e-commerce and logistics.

For the financial year to date, the group had secured £40m investment in a mix of five new and existing industrial properties at a blended initial yield of 6.7 percent.

In line with the company’s gearing policy, a new three-year credit facility from Lloyds Bank had been secured, and the debt was fixed at a rate of 2.5 percent.

Financial director Mark Pryce said the accommodat­ive swop rates in the market allowed them to fix the cost of the new debt at rates lower than the weighted cost of existing debt. “Atlantic Leaf is fully invested in properties with long-term leases in place. We also have debt that only matures on average in three to four years. We believe the combinatio­n of these should see us through the period of uncertaint­y being created by Brexit,” Leaf-Wright said. | Edward West

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