Fund manager commentary
On 11 April 2013 the Company completed the aquisition of the entire assets of ISIS Property Trust Limited (IPT). This was affected by a Scheme of Reconstruction through which IPT Shareholders received New Shares issued by the Company on a NAV for NAV basis. The Company was also renamed F&C UK Real Estate Investments Limited.
The merged Company resulted in a sizeable increase in the size of the portfolio with an aggregate market value of £276.8 million and a rent roll of £20.1 million giving a net initial yield of 6.9 per cent.
At 30 June the portfolio was valued at £276.6 million, which showed an increase in capital value of £1.19 million or 0.4 per cent on a like for like basis over the valuation of the portfolios at merger. There have been two property sales in the period between merger and 30 June 2013, an industrial property at 6 James Street, York and a unit shop at 67/69 King Street, South Shields which were sold for a combined value of £1.52 million.
Over the year to 30 June 2013, the portfolio returned 4.0 per cent, which reflected an income return of 7.1 per cent, but with a capital fall of 2.9 per cent. The vacancy rate on the portfolio reduced from 3.7 per cent at the time of the merger to 3.2 per cent as at 30 June 2013.
The manager has continued to identify opportunities to extend and re-gear leases in order to add value. As at 30 June 2013 the average weighted unexpired lease term was 7.9 years.
As at 30 June 2013
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