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We are committed to delivering high-quality and sustainable logistics buildings for our customers and attractive long-term returns for shareholders.

We do this by investing in and actively managing existing logistics buildings, developing new logistics assets and securing land suitable for logistics development. We focus on large, well-located, modern and sustainable buildings, let to high-quality customers on long-term leases. We seek to capture the significant opportunity in this sub-sector, driven by the strong occupier demand and limited supply of big boxes.

At a glance (31 Dec 2020)
Total portfolio value

£4.41bn

Investment assets

59

Development pipeline (sq ft)

30.2m

WAULT

13.8 yrs

Our vision and strategy

To be the leading REIT focused on high quality UK logistics real estate assets delivering sustainable, long-term income and value growth for shareholders.

A strategy underpinned by capital discipline and sustainability

In order to achieve our vision, we have a clear and compelling strategy to capture the opportunities our market presents. Underpinned by a disciplined approach to capital allocation, our strategy is aligned with positive long-term structural drivers and has three  mutually reinforcing aspects (see below), enabling it to deliver sustainable income and capital growth, while ensuring we meet our wider environmental and social responsibilities.

1. High-quality assets attracting world-leading companies

Our logistics assets are critical to the supply chains of some of the world’s leading companies. We continue to craft a portfolio that will perform well through the economic cycle, providing resilient long-term income even during challenging times. We weight our customer exposure to defensive and high-growth sectors.

2. Direct and active management

We actively and directly manage our existing property portfolio, developing long-term relationships with our customers, ensuring their needs are met while identifying and realising opportunities to add value. We also monitor the broader market for opportunities where we can acquire assets and add value through active asset management. By constantly evaluating and managing the portfolio, we aim to grow value and generate secure and increasing income. When we believe an asset has reached its full potential within our ownership, we look to crystallise this value through disposals, recycling capital into higher returning development and investment opportunities.

3. Insight driven development and innovation

We create value through the Group’s acquisition of the development site at Littlebrook, Dartford, and the capital-efficient acquisition of Tritax Symmetry, we have access to the UK’s largest land bank for the development of logistics assets. The customer insights developed from our existing investment portfolio and long-established successful track record inform the development process, ensuring we tailor the development pipeline to meet demand at an attractive 6-8% yield on cost. Most of the Group’s development will be undertaken on a demand-driven pre-let basis, significantly de-risking the process and ensuring we only deploy significant amounts of the Group’s capital when we are confident that the returns are appropriate and attractive to our shareholders.

Our Littlebrook, Dartford site is an example of our development strategy in action. The following short video explains how this has driven value for our shareholders: 

The value we create

We make money through the rent we receive from our tenants and from profits associated with our portfolio. 

With a low and transparent cost base, we recycle capital, selling assets which we believe have delivered their full potential in our ownership and redeploying the proceeds into higher returning opportunities. There are three key elements to our approach to creating value for our stakeholders:

1. Create high-quality buildings for our customers

We create high-quality buildings that play a central role in supporting our customers businesses and growth ambitions.

2. Generating long-term income and capital growth for our shareholders

We generate attractive long-term income and capital growth for our shareholders. In 2020, we paid dividends totalling 6.40 pence per share and generated a total accounting return of 19.9%.

3. Supporting our local communities and society

Our buildings benefit local communities and society more generally. They have strong sustainability credentials, with 87% having an EPC rating of C or above and new buildings being developed to net zero carbon, helping to minimise impact on their environments. They also often support significant employment in their local areas.

What makes us different  

We believe that the following attributes differentiate our approach and underpin our ability to maximise on the opportunities that our market offers, to deliver value for all our stakeholders.

A deep understanding

Our Manager has a deep knowledge and understanding of the market, and strong relationships with market participants. This means we have greater insight into market opportunities to secure better returns for shareholders, often through off-market transactions that our network opens up.

Agile and entrepreneurial

Our Manager’s culture is agile and entrepreneurial, enabling us to move rapidly to secure the best opportunities.

Strong customer relationships

We build strong customer relationships, which gives us significant insight into their businesses to help inform our decision making. Active management We actively manage our properties, for example by adding extensions, improving our assets’ environmental performance, securing lease renewals and agreeing rent reviews. This increases income and capital values.

An unrivalled portfolio

We have an unrivalled portfolio of large scale, high-quality buildings, in key logistics locations close to transport networks, where occupier demand is strong.

Long leases with market leaders

Our buildings are let on long leases with upward only rent reviews, to a well-diversified base of occupiers who are typically market leaders in their fields. At 31 December 2019, our weighted average unexpired lease term was 14.1 years and 80% of our income being derived from members of major stock market indices in the UK, USA or Europe.

Logistics focused

We have the UK's largest logistics-focused land bank, which enables us to develop properties that deliver a target yield on cost of 6-8%.

Key Performance Indicators

Our objective is to deliver attractive, low-risk returns to shareholders, by executing the Group’s Investment Policy and operational strategy. We track our progress against eight financial and non-financial Key Performance Indicators, on which we report each year. 

Prime assets
See how we deliver the space our customers need to succeed
A dynamic sector
Read about the powerful long-term structural change that underpins demand for our assets
2020 Full Year Finacial Results
See our 2020 FY Results announcement here