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Company RDI REIT PLC
TIDM RDI
Headline RDI sells Bahnhof Altona Center, Hamburg
Released 07:00 18-Sep-2019
Number 6613M07

RNS Number : 6613M
RDI REIT PLC
18 September 2019
 

RDI REIT P.L.C.

("RDI" or the "Company" or the "Group")

(Registered number 010534V)

LSE share code: RDI

JSE share code: RPL

ISIN: IM00BH3JLY32

LEI: 2138006NHZUMMRYQ1745

 

RDI sells Bahnhof Altona Center, Hamburg

 

RDI is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts with Volksbank eG Braunschweig Wolfsburg to sell its Bahnhof Center in Altona, Hamburg for €91.0 million ("the Disposal").

The Disposal, which is in line with RDI's strategic decision to exit its German retail portfolio, reflects a net initial yield of 4.6% and a 9.6% premium to the 28 February 2019 market value. The Disposal is expected to complete on 31 December 2019 and remains subject to certain conditions being satisfied.

Bahnhof Altona is a 15,000 sqm retail centre which is integrally linked to the Altona train station and underground transport network. The centre fronts the entrance to the station platforms and comprises 22 stores across three levels and a 496 space multi-storey car park. The centre produces net rental income of approximately €4.5 million p.a. (£4.1 million p.a.) and is anchored by Media Markt with other key tenants including Lidl, Apcoa, BHG and Rossmann.

The property is currently financed through a banking facility totalling €45.0 million at an all-in rate of 2.70% which is anticipated to be repaid on completion. The net proceeds from the transaction, following the repayment of this debt facility, estimated capital gains tax of approximately €5.8 million and certain transaction costs, is anticipated to be approximately €39.0 million (£35.4 million).

In line with RDI's strategic objectives, the net proceeds will be used to efficiently reduce leverage through a reduction of the Group's revolving credit facility, that will create enhanced headroom and liquidity. The Disposal will also result in a further material reduction in RDI's retail exposure to approximately 35% of the portfolio after accounting for the derecognition of the Aviva shopping centre portfolio.

Further updates on RDI's disposal programme in respect of the German portfolio will be provided with the release of its full year results, scheduled to be published on 24 October 2019.  

Mike Watters, CEO of RDI, commented:

"The sale of the Bahnhof Center in Hamburg is in line with our stated strategy to reduce RDI's retail exposure and focus the portfolio on the UK market. The sale price of 91.0 million reflects a 9.6% premium to the last reported value for the centre and was achieved following a competitive bidding process which drew a number of institutional investors. As previously indicated, the net proceeds from the sale of assets currently being marketed will be deployed to reduce Group debt and strengthen the overall balance sheet at a favourable time in terms of the Euro's relative strength to Sterling."

 

For further information, please contact:

RDI REIT P.L.C.

Mike Watters, Stephen Oakenfull

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7811 0100

FTI Consulting

UK Public Relations Adviser

Dido Laurimore, Claire Turvey, Ellie Sweeney

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Instinctif Partners

SA Public Relations Adviser

Frederic Cornet

 

 

Tel: +27 (0) 11 447 3030

JSE Sponsor

Java Capital

 

 

Tel: +27 (0) 11 722 3050  

Note to editors:

About RDI

 

RDI is an income focused UK-REIT with a diversified portfolio invested principally in the UK. The investment approach is driven by an in depth understanding of occupational demand including the impact of technology, transport and infrastructure investment. The portfolio has been repositioned in recent years to increase its weighting to London and the South East and to provide greater exposure to our leading hotel and serviced office operating platforms. 

RDI is committed to delivering attractive income led total returns across the real estate cycle. The current strategic objectives of a lower leverage capital structure and more focused allocation of capital are targeted at delivering an industry leading and sustainable income return.

RDI is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (UK-REIT) and holds a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the JSE. The Company is included within the EPRA, GPR, JSE All Property and JSE Tradeable Property indices.

For more information on RDI, please refer to the Company's website www.rdireit.com

 

 


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