RDI is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts with Volksbank eG Braunschweig Wolfsburg to sell its Bahnhof Center in Altona, Hamburg for €91.0 million.
The Disposal, which is in line with RDI’s strategic decision to exit its German retail portfolio, reflects a net initial yield of 4.6% and a 9.6% premium to the 28 February 2019 market value. The Disposal is expected to complete on 31 December 2019 and remains subject to certain conditions being satisfied.
Bahnhof Altona is a 15,000 sqm retail centre which is integrally linked to the Altona train station and underground transport network. The centre fronts the entrance to the station platforms and comprises 22 stores across three levels and a 496 space multi-storey car park. The centre produces net rental income of approximately €4.5 million p.a. (£4.1 million p.a.) and is anchored by Media Markt with other key tenants including Lidl, Apcoa, BHG and Rossmann.
The property is currently financed through a banking facility totalling €45.0 million at an all-in rate of 2.70% which is anticipated to be repaid on completion. The net proceeds from the transaction, following the repayment of this debt facility, estimated capital gains tax of approximately €5.8 million and certain transaction costs, is anticipated to be approximately €39.0 million (£35.4 million).
In line with RDI’s strategic objectives, the net proceeds will be used to efficiently reduce leverage through a reduction of the Group’s revolving credit facility, that will create enhanced headroom and liquidity. The Disposal will also result in a further material reduction in RDI’s retail exposure to approximately 35% of the portfolio after accounting for the derecognition of the Aviva shopping centre portfolio.
Further updates on RDI’s disposal programme in respect of the German portfolio will be provided with the release of its full year results, scheduled to be published on 24 October 2019.
RDI is an income focused UK-REIT with a diversified portfolio invested principally in the UK. The investment approach is driven by an in depth understanding of occupational demand including the impact of technology, transport and infrastructure investment. The portfolio has been repositioned in recent years to increase its weighting to London and the South East and to provide greater exposure to our leading hotel and serviced office operating platforms.
RDI is committed to delivering attractive income led total returns across the real estate cycle. The current strategic objectives of a lower leverage capital structure and more focused allocation of capital are targeted at delivering an industry leading and sustainable income return.
RDI is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (UK-REIT) and holds a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the JSE. The Company is included within the EPRA, GPR, JSE All Property and JSE Tradeable Property indices.
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