Completion on purchase of £503.0m UK mixed use portfolio from receivers on behalf of Aviva
2 February 2015
Further to the announcement on 22 December 2014, Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, an LSE listed property company (LSE: KWE) that invests in direct real estate and real estate loans in Europe, is pleased to announce the completion1 of its acquisition of the £503.0 million Aviva portfolio of 180 mixed use properties located across the UK, along with associated vendor financing from Aviva Commercial Real Estate Finance (“Aviva”).
The acquisition is being funded from the Company’s cash resources and a new £352.3 million secured loan facility with Aviva. The purchase price reflects a net initial yield of 6.9% (gross yield 7.2%).
The portfolio delivers c. 3.5 million sq ft of space, is 98% occupied with a WAULT of 9.6 years (11.1 years to expiry) and generates total net rental income of £36.1 million. The portfolio is predominately located in England, with 54% (by value) weighted towards London and the South East and 5% weighted towards Scotland and Wales. The primary sector use (by value) is retail, food and convenience, comprising 62% of the portfolio with leisure, industrial, office and hotels making up the balance.
Simultaneous with the acquisition, a senior debt facility has been agreed for £352.3 million, reflecting an LTV on the portfolio of 70%. The loan has been split into three-year floating-rate (33%), five-year fixed-rate (20%) and eight-year fixed-rate (47%) tranches with a current weighted average margin of 207bps and all-in cost of 296bps. The facility provides KWE the flexibility to substitute properties over the life of the loans.
Mary Ricks, President and CEO of Kennedy Wilson Europe, commented:“The completion of this significant acquisition along with attractive and flexible vendor financing materially increases KWE’s stabilised cash flow, reduces the Group’s borrowing costs and extends the term to maturity. With a large number of asset management angles across the portfolio we look forward to employing our extensive real estate expertise to grow income and generate future value.
“We continue to make good progress in deploying the capital raised in October from the secondary offering and will provide a complete update in the announcement of our Full Year results scheduled for the end of February.”
Including this acquisition, the KWE investment portfolio has grown to £1,948.5 million2, generating net rental income of £130.1 million, and a net initial yield of 6.5% (gross yield 6.7%). The portfolio geographic split is 72% UK and 28% Ireland with an asset mix of 89% direct real estate and 11% loans. The main sector splits are 40% office, 27% retail and 8% industrial.
The Group has approximately £1,143.9 million of total debt financing of which £910.4 million is fully drawn. The weighted average cost of debt is 2.8%, the term to maturity increases to 5.4 years and the Group LTV increases to 32.6%3.
CBRE advised KWE and JLL advised Aviva.