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LondonMetric Property buys last mile distribution warehouses

LondonMetric Property has announced that it has acquired eight ‘last mile’ distribution warehouses for GBP39.9 million at a blended yield of 6.2% and with a WAULT of 9.0 years.

Six of the distribution warehouses have been acquired from Helical plc for GBP26.0 million at a NIY of 6.5%. The 382,000 sq ft of warehouses are in established distribution locations and benefit from strong motorway connectivity and severely restricted levels of supply. This portfolio has a WAULT of 7.0 years and is let at a low average rent of GBP4.71 psf (ERV of GBP5.32 psf).

LondonMetric has also exchanged on a 53,000 sq ft distribution development in Crawley for GBP10.7 million at a yield on cost of 5.2%. The development has been pre-let to retailer Barker & Stonehouse for 15 years at a rent of GBP10.77 psf (ERV of GBP12.00 psf). Practical completion is expected in March 2017.

Furthermore, it has acquired a 30,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in Bicester for GBP3.2 million at a NIY of 5.9%. The warehouse is let to DPD Group with a WAULT of 9.5 years.

Andrew Jones, Chief Executive of LondonMetric, commented: “These are important acquisitions as we continue to build critical mass within the ‘last mile’ distribution sector, which now extends to 19 assets across 1.2 million sq ft. Structural market changes indicate that all these assets are highly reversionary. The demand/supply tension we are seeing for ‘last mile’ distribution remains attractive as reflected in the organic rental growth that we are capturing on our own ‘last mile’ assets.”

LMP : LondonMetric Property buys last mile distribution warehouses

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