Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cisco Systems UK Headquaters Trades for £156 Million at 4.25% Yield

Property Week - July 27, 2006

Evans Randall, the privately owned investment bank, has bought Scottish Widows’ Lakeshore Scheme at Bedfont Lakes, Middlesex, for £156m.
In the biggest office transaction in the south-east outside London since 2000, Evans Randall has acquired three office blocks totalling 275,000 sq ft let to Cisco Systems. The purchase price reflects a yield of around 4.75%.

Evans Randall has spent nearly £500m on UK property in the last four weeks. It paid £197m for 33 Old Broad Street in the City of London and also bought five UK government fire control centres for £125m.

Michael Evans, chairman and chief executive at Evans Randall, said the bank hopes to invest up to £2bn on property in Europe next year. It is targeting properties priced between £75m to £300m.

Evans told Property Week: ‘What drives deals for us is the length of the deal, fixed increases in rent and exceptionally strong covenants like Cisco, which are rated by Standard & Poors as “A+”. We want to go for tenants rated “A” or better.’

The sale follows the regearing of Cisco’s lease at the offices in 2004. It has gone from paying £33.50/sq ft to £28/sq ft (£360.59-£301.39/sq m) and now has 19-years left unexpired on its lease.

The purchase price is the highest paid for offices in the south-east since 2000 when the entire scheme, totalling 750,000 sq ft (69,676 sq m), was bought by Scottish Widows from MEPC for £280m, reflecting a yield of 6.5%.

Jones Lang LaSalle acted for Scottish Widows; CB Richard Ellis advised Evans Randall. Sphere: Related Content

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