Fund manager commentary
At 31 March 2014, the Net Asset Value per share of the Company was 79.9 pence, an increase of 3.8 per cent over the quarter and a total return of 5.4 per cent. The Company’s property portfolio increased in value by 2.0 per cent on a like for like basis. The value of the portfolio stood at £281.5 million following two property sales in the quarter. The portfolio produced an income yield of 1.8 per cent, which together with capital growth of 1.9 per cent delivered a total return of 3.7 per cent over the quarter.
Offices produced the largest contribution to performance returning 4.8 per cent. Rest of UK offices delivered 5.5 per cent and West End offices 4.9 per cent. Industrial property returned 3.9 per cent but returns from retail property lagged delivering 2.8 per cent.
The largest contribution to returns came from 1-2 Lochside Way, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh where the Company completed a new lease with HSBC Bank plc. The existing lease under which HSBC pay £837,380 per annum expires on 30 August this year. A new ten year reversionary lease has been granted at a rent of £699,616 per annum, with 12 months’ rent free, subject to a tenant’s break after five years conditional on a 12 month rent penalty. The value of the property has increased delivering a 14.7 per cent return over the quarter.
The Company has continued to dispose of smaller lot sized properties and completed the sales of Unit 1, King George Close, Romford and Swift House, Cosford Lane, Rugby for £2.45 million and £5.25 million respectively.
Currently the average weighted lease expiry profile is 8.0 years with the void rate of 6.3 per cent.
As at 31 March 2014
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