AEW UK Long Lease REIT plc (“the Company”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of a hotel and retail unit on Princes Street, Swindon for £6.3m. The 35,000 sq ft property, which comprises a Travelodge hotel and Salvation Army centre, provides a weighted average unexpired lease term of 23 years, with a net initial yield of 5.5%. The lease to Travelodge delivers 95% of the income received from the asset and provides the Company with 5 yearly rental uplifts linked to RPI. This is the Company’s first acquisition since listing in June 2017.
The Company has also exchanged contracts to acquire the leasehold interest in the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park in Royal Quays, Newcastle-upon-Tyne for £2.9m. The property comprises a purpose built indoor water park totalling 37,131 sq ft and is let to Serco Leisure Operating Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Plc, for an unexpired term of 22 years with annual rental uplifts linked to RPI. The acquisition reflects a net initial yield of 6.1%. Completion of this acquisition is expected to follow within the next few weeks once assignment of the head lease has been approved.
Alex Short, Director of AEW UK Investment Management LLP, and Portfolio Manager of the Company said: “We are delighted to have secured our first acquisition and exchanged on a second asset. Both properties reflect our commitment to investing in sectors that are often underrepresented in institutional portfolios. The property pipeline is looking positive and we will continue to pursue attractive opportunities that are aligned with our rigorous investment approach.”
AEW UK Long Lease REIT plc raised £80.5m from institutional and retail investors at its IPO in June and at that time it stated its expectation to substantially invest the net proceeds within nine months of listing. The Company is targeting an annual dividend of 5.5 pence per share paid quarterly, once fully invested and levered, with an ambition to grow in line with UK inflation thereafter.