Thursday, December 22, 2005

UNITE Enters £64 Million Sale Leaseback of Student Housing Properties

Freeman News / AFX - December 19, 2005

UNITE Group plc has completed the sale of a property unit trust which owns three student accommodation buildings operated by UNITE, to Savills plc, for £64.1m in cash. The amount is equivalent to a 5.22% net initial yield. Under the terms of the deal, UNITE will retain full responsibility for the management of the buildings, as well as a share in the net income after management costs. UNITE will retain approximately 23% of the gross rents after paying rent of £3.4m per year to the fund under three long-term leases.

The properties, all purpose-built in the past three years, are located in Bournemouth, Bath and Portsmouth and provide 1,561 bed spaces, representing about 5% of UNITE's portfolio. UNITE said it will use most of the proceeds to repay borrowings, with the remaining capital of approximately £17m to be reinvested into the group's development activities. Sphere: Related Content

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