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Europa Capital and Goodman JV completes sale of £12.8 million logistics investment sale at initial yield of 4.68%

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Europa Capital and global integrated property group Goodman, have completed the investment sale of the 112,200-sq-ft prime warehouse let to Kent County Council (“KCC”) at Aylesford Commercial Park, New Hythe, Kent for £12.8 million. This reflects an initial yield of circa 4.68%.

A private  Middle  Eastern investor  has acquired the newly-completed asset,  which is located on a 5.47-acre plot fronting Papyrus Way and was pre-let in May 2013 to KCC on a 25 year term at a base rent of £5.65 a sq ft.

Goodman and Europa Capital completed the KCC development on 8th October, ahead of schedule and to budget. The facility is occupied by Commercial Services, the education supplies division of KCC. The joint venture provided £2 million of fit-out which was paid for by the tenant.

Callum Thorneycroft, Associate Director, Europa Capital said: “This is the first completed development under Europa Capital’s joint venture with Goodman and this sale, at such a low initial yield, only serves to underline the successful strategy executed by the joint venture. The strategy to invest in a sector with limited prime new supply and secure a pre- let is complemented by achieving a successful sale and demonstrates the benefits of the joint venture and the current market fundamentals.”

Charles Crossland, Managing Director,  Goodman UK Logistics said: “This successful sale at an impressive yield results from the length of the lease and the covenant strength of the local  government  tenant,  combined  with  an  under-rented  M25  location  and  a well-designed, high-quality asset. The pace at which we progressed from pre-letting to completion of the unit and fit out to the ultimate asset disposal is testament to the up-front investment in planning and infrastructure we make across our logistics land bank.”

Aylesford Commercial Park, situated 1.5 miles from Junction 4 of the M20 and only 14 miles from the M25, is being developed as a joint venture between Europa Capital and Goodman. The remaining 5.5 acres on the park have planning permission for two units of
46,000 sq ft and 76,000 sq ft.

The purchaser of the KCC unit is Langoya, managed by Summit Trust International SA which provides management to a Middle Eastern family trust, the Iken Trust, which has recently acquired in the region of £70 million of UK real estate assets.

CBRE represented the Joint Venture on the disposal.