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Ediston Property Investment Company shortlisted in IR Magazine Awards

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Ediston Property Investment Company has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Best financial reporting (small-cap)’ at the IR Magazine Awards – Europe.

The Awards honour excellence in the investor relations profession, and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe. Winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in London on 28 June 2018.

Ediston acquires Newcastle office for £18.95 million

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc has acquired Citygate, a modern office building in Newcastle, for £18.95 million (net of acquisition costs) from Hanro Limited.

The purchase reflects a net initial yield of 6.57% and will be funded from a combination of cash resources and an increase of £12.42m in the existing debt facility with Aviva Commercial Finance Limited at an all-in rate of 2.95%. The loan-to-value ratio of the Company’s property portfolio following this acquisition will be 29.01%.

Citygate provides 63,524 sq. ft. of modern office accommodation with 70 car parking spaces. It is let to three tenants EY, UNW, and N+D (London) Ltd, guaranteed by Grainger plc, and has a weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) in excess of 6 years. Around 89% of the income benefits from upward-only rent reviews in 2017, with the remaining 11% being reviewed in 2018.

As a result of this acquisition, the 13th since the Company launched in October 2014, the Company is almost fully invested.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “It is our aim to enhance the portfolio by purchasing regional office buildings which offer solid income streams as well as reversionary potential in the short term. Citygate fits the brief. It is well placed to capitalise on the rental growth forecast to materialise in the city, owing to the favourable supply-demand balance”.

Ediston purchases Plas Coch Retail Park, Wrexham for £22.4 Million

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc has acquired Plas Coch Retail Park in Wrexham for £22.4 million (net of acquisition costs) from Diageo Pension Trust Limited. The net initial yield is 7.35% from March 2016, on expiry of a rent-free period. The acquisition was funded from existing cash resources.

Plas Coch is a well-located retail park, totalling 94,000 sq. ft., adjacent to a Sainsbury’s supermarket and an Aldi foodstore. It is let to seven national tenants and benefits from a weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) in excess of 10 years. TK Maxx has recently relocated to the park from Wrexham town centre, reinforcing the attraction of the park to retailers.

The Company has invested £142 million in 12 assets since listing in October 2014. These acquisitions, coupled with successful asset management initiatives, have resulted in the WAULT of the portfolio doubling to 10.13 years over the same period, providing good income security for shareholders.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “The purchase continues our strategy of growing the Company in a sustainable and credible manner by acquiring high-quality assets with a solid income stream and asset management angles to exploit. The yield is attractive and is in line with our investment strategy”.

Ediston Acquires Leisure Portfolio for £10 million

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc (LSE: EPIC) announces that it has acquired three leisure properties for £10.00 million (net of acquisition costs), reflecting a net initial yield of 8.60%. The acquisition was funded from existing cash resources.

The properties comprise two units in Liverpool and Hartlepool, which are let to Mecca Bingo, and a third unit in Telford, part of the Southwater Square leisure development, which is let to Rank Group Gaming Division. All three leases expire in September 2022, giving an unexpired term of seven years. The passing rent of the properties is £910,085 per annum.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “The purchase provides the company with a robust income stream at an attractive initial yield but with asset management angles to be exploited”.

Ediston Signs Major Office Letting In Edinburgh

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc (LSE: EPIC) announces that it has let the entire office property at 145 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, to Capita Business Services Limited.

Capita has entered into a 15-year lease, without a break clause, for the recently-completed 26,894 sq. ft. office building in the centre of Edinburgh. The rent is £676,136 per annum, reflecting an overall rate of £25.14 per sq. ft. This building constituted the largest void in the Company’s portfolio.

145 Morrison Street is a Grade A office over ground and four upper floors. The property is located between the newly refurbished Haymarket Train Station, the EICC and heart of the Exchange District, one of Edinburgh’s key financial services locations.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “Securing a firm of Capita’s stature is testament to the quality of the building and strength of the location. The asset was developed to be a headquarters building for a single occupier and it is satisfying to see that happen”.

Ediston Acquires Daventry Retail Park For £11.95 Million

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc (LSE: EPIC) announces that it has exchanged contracts to acquire the Abbey Retail Park in Daventry from Threadneedle Property UK Select Fund for £11.95 million (net of acquisition costs and rental guarantees on two vacant units).  The yield will be 7.80% when the Park is fully let.

The property provides 63,160 sq. ft. of retail warehousing, anchored by Homebase, with parking for 386 cars, on a five acre site. The weighted average unexpired lease term is just under ten years.  Two units totalling 11,666 sq. ft. are vacant.  Two kiosks totalling 2,700 sq. ft. are also vacant but benefit from a two-year rent, rates and service charge guarantee from the vendor.  This will be drawn down as income until the units are let and income producing, or the guarantee period ends.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “This purchase is in line with our strategy of acquiring quality assets with good, core income streams, but with angles to be exploited through active asset management and a focused letting strategy. We are confident that we will be able to attract high calibre tenants to the vacant units.”