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Tritax Big Box Press Release – Acquisition of distribution warehouse, Middleton, Manchester for £22.45 million


27 November 2014

The Board of Tritax Big Box REIT plc (ticker: BBOX) is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts on the Tesco distribution warehouse in Touchet Hall Road, Middleton, Manchester for £22.45 million (net of acquisition costs), reflecting a net initial yield of 8.25%, assuming 5.8% standard costs of purchase. Completion is expected to take place on 2 December 2014. The purchase, which was off-market, has been funded out of equity proceeds.

The distribution warehouse is situated on Stakehill, an established 200 acre industrial estate providing 2.5 million sq ft of logistics space and employing 2,500 people, just to the east of Junction 20 of the M62. Manchester is approximately 8 miles to the east, and Liverpool 42 miles to the west. The industrial estate is home to a critical mass of occupiers including Sainsbury, Aldi, Booker and several third party logistics operators such as Bibby, Yodel and NFT Distribution.

The facility provides a rentalised area totalling 301,479 sq ft with a very low site cover of 31%. The unit was constructed in 1988 and has an eaves height of approximately 12 metres. The property, which is currently unoccupied, is leased to Tesco Stores Limited, for an unexpired term of approximately 9.2 years, with two further rent reviews in December 2017 and 2022.

SG Commercial represented the Company and DTRE represented the vendor.

Colin Godfrey, Partner of Tritax, commented:

“We are pleased to announce this acquisition in the North West, a region which has witnessed the highest levels of activity for industrial take up, accounting for over 25% of all industrial sector real estate transactions in the UK in 2014 so far. We see potential significant value add opportunities through asset management of this distribution warehouse.”

For further information contact:

Newgate Communications (Financial PR)

James Benjamin
Clotilde Gros
Georgia Lewis

Tel: 020 7680 6550
Email: tritax@newgatecomms.com

Tritax Big Box REIT plc is a real estate investment trust to which Part 12 of the UK Corporation Tax Act 2010applies (“REIT”). The Company invests in a portfolio of well-located, modern “Big Box” assets, typically greater than 500,000 sq. ft., let to institutional-grade tenants on long-term leases (typically at least 12 years in length) with upward-only rent reviews (giving inflation linked earnings growth), and with geographic and tenant diversification throughout the UK. The Company seeks to exploit the significant opportunity in this sub-sector of the UK logistics market owing to strong tenant demand in high growth areas of the economy and limited stock supply. The Company is the first listed vehicle to give pure exposure to the “Big Box” asset class in the UK.

Further information on Tritax Big Box REIT is available at www.tritaxbigbox.co.uk

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