Stenprop buys and sells in the UK to focus MLI sector

Johannesburg- and Bermuda-listed Stenprop has announced the purchase of a well-located industrial estate in Leeds, UK, and disposed of its 50% interest in an office building in London’s West End in line with its strategy to focus on UK multi-let industrial (MLI) property.

Kirkstall Industrial Park in Leeds was acquired for £8.1 mln from CBRE Global Investors at a net initial yield of 6.75%. It comprises 14 units, totalling 111,081 sq ft (10,300 m2) of industrial space, with one vacant unit that Stenprop has already put under offer to a new tenant. The weighted average unexpired lease term is 5.4 years to lease expiries and 4.1 years to lease breaks.
The half share in 25 Argyll Street, located close to Oxford Circus, was sold to the holders of the remaining 50% interest for £22.8 mln. The price values the property at £83.4 mln after allowing for finance and the 50% stake. The sale price reflects a 4% premium to the September 2017 valuation.  The 63,090 sq ft building is let at an average rent of £65.15/sq ft to a mix of tenants, including H&M, Live Nation and Spotify.
Stenprop intends to sell the majority of its non-MLI assets over the next few years and utilise the sale proceeds to build a focused UK MLI business.

Kirkstall Industrial Park is the seventh estate acquired by Stenprop since its purchase of the portfolio for £127 mln in June 2017. In December 2017, the company sold its office building in Pilgrim Street in the City of London at a price that valued the building at £79.9 mln, a premium of 2.5% to valuation.
Julian Carey, executive property director of Stenprop, said: 'We are making excellent progress in transitioning Stenprop into a focused UK MLI business. We have a strong pipeline of future MLI acquisition opportunities which should maintain the momentum as we reposition Stenprop as a leading MLI business in the UK.'
Stenprop was represented in the acquisition of Kirkstall by Ryden and the vendor was represented by Knight Frank. The buyer of 25 Argyll Street was represented by Westminster Real Estate.


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