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LondonMetric sells retail park for £22m

By Frank Prenesti

Date: Monday 19 Nov 2018

(Sharecast News) - LondonMetric Property said it had sold its retail park in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, to an unnamed buyer for £22m, reflecting a net initial yield of 5.2%.
The 48,000 sq ft retail park was acquired in 2013 for £10.4m. LondonMetric said it had generated a profit on cost of 40% and an ungeared return of 13% pa.

"The sale is to a long-term investor and reflects a premium to March 2018 book value," the company said in a statement.

"LondonMetric said it has executed a number of asset management initiatives during its ownership, which have helped attract new retailers such as Hobbycraft, Mountain Warehouse, Card Factory, Shoe Zone and Poundland, whilst existing tenant M&S, recently extended its foodhall to 20,000 sq ft on a new 15 year lease."

Chief executive Andrew Jones said that while demand for physical retail assets "continues to polarise rapidly, investor appetite for long and strong income remains healthy".

"The sale is in line with our strategy of divesting our last remaining operational retail assets upon completion of their business plans. We retain three retail parks within our direct portfolio reflecting 5% of our assets."

"Our investments will continue to target high quality opportunities within the logistics and convenience sectors where income certainty is greater and income growth prospects are superior."

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