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Picton buys multi-let building in Bristol

Picton buys multi-let building in Bristol – Picton, the property investment company, has completed the acquisition of a grade A office building located in Bristol city centre for GBP 23.15 million.

Known as Tower Wharf, the building is situated in a prominent position on the waterfront, adjacent to Temple Way, and equidistant to both Temple Meads Railway Station and Cabot Circus shopping district. Constructed in 2005 to a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, the building provides 70,664 square feet of office accommodation arranged over ground and five upper floors, with car parking in the basement.

The property has an average unexpired lease term of 5.2 years (2.8 years to break) and provides diversified rental income of GBP0.89 million, reflecting a low average passing rent of GBP19.65 per square foot from four occupiers: Oracle, Newlaw Legal, Ashfords and Lambert Smith Hampton. The remaining 25,392 square feet of vacant accommodation is already fully refurbished to a high standard and Picton intends to lease the space in an improving occupational market.

The purchase price reflects a net initial yield of 3.6%, which is expected to grow to 7.5% on leasing the remaining vacant space and capturing the full reversionary potential. The purchase price represents a capital value of approximately GBP328 per square foot, in line with its estimated replacement cost.

The acquisition was funded using GBP12.5 million drawn down from one of Picton’s revolving credit facilities (“RCF”), with the balance from existing cash resources.

They say that the impact of this acquisition, compared to the company’s position as at 30 June 2017 is as follows:

  • Initial increase in the Company’s net income after finance costs of GBP0.3 million per annum and increase in dividend cover by approximately 2%.
  • Once fully let, it is expected to contribute additional net income after finance costs of GBP1.4 million and will increase dividend cover by approximately 8%.
  • Initial small reduction in the portfolio’s current occupancy levels from 96% to 94%
  • With recently announced disposals, increase the portfolio’s average lot size from GBP12.0 million to GBP12.5 million
  • Reduce the Company’s weighted average interest rate from 4.2% to 4.1%
  • Increase the Company’s loan to value ratio to just under 30%

Fraser D’Arcy, Investment Director at Picton, commented: “Constrained by a lack of Grade A office space and a limited development pipeline, the occupier market in Bristol is currently seeing good demand for high quality space in buildings like Tower Wharf. Against this backdrop and recognising the reversionary potential, this purchase is aligned with our strategic objective to grow both income and our asset base.”

Michael Morris, Chief Executive of Picton, commented: “This off-market acquisition, secured using the drawdown of our recently extended RCF facility, is in line with our strategy to grow income while creating value through active asset management. Tower Wharf is a high quality and well-located office asset underpinned by strong property fundamentals, which will enable Picton to deliver further income growth and therefore enhance future returns for our shareholders.”

PCTN : Picton buys multi-let building in Bristol

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