Regional REIT sells Leeds office in GBP10.65m deal

Regional REIT Limited (LSE: RGL), the UK regional office specialist, is today pleased to announce it has exchanged and completed on the disposal of Arena Point, Leeds for GBP10.65 million, representing a substantial uplift of 15.8 per cent against the 31 December 2020 valuation.

The purchaser intends to demolish the 19-storey office block (76,176 sq. ft) to make way for a 43-storey tower, providing accommodation for 705 students.

The GBP10.65 million disposal represents the final part of the long term business plan for this asset, which the Company acquired with the adjacent two-storey casino and pub, known as the Podium Buildings, in March 2016 for GBP10.5m. In July 2018, the Podium Buildings were sold to Unite Students for GBP12.2m for development into what is now the 16 and 27-storey towers at White Rose View. The final disposal of Arena Point has now secured profits after all costs for the site of some GBP9.3 million, producing a geared internal rate of return of 24.6 per cent.

The capital will be recycled into the Group’s attractive and growing pipeline of higher yielding office opportunities to diversify further the portfolio by geography and income streams, in line with the Group’s stated strategy.

Stephen Inglis, CEO of London & Scottish Property Investment Management, the Asset Manager of Regional REIT, says: “The disposal of Arena Point at nearly 16 per cent above the 2020 year end valuation concludes the successful long term business plan for the site; having generated profits after all costs for the site in excess of GBP9.3 million. The successful final execution of this ambitious site plan is testament to the capabilities of the asset management team to add considerable value.

"We have a strong and growing pipeline of attractive new acquisition opportunities and intend to reinvest the proceeds of this sale into other mispriced office assets offering similar high returns in terms of yield and capital growth.”