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Kuwait-based investors acquire 50% stake of Intu Derby

Intu properties and Cale Street Investments LP, an investment firm backed by the Kuwait Investment Office, London, have announced the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture for the Intu Derby shopping centre.

The real estate investment firm will acquire for cash the 50% interest for consideration which values their share of the property at £186.3m, before taking account of senior debt finance and customary working capital adjustments.

The real estate firm said the consideration for the 50% interest is in line with the valuation at 31 December 2018 of £372.5m, which represents a net initial yield of 6.6%. The net rental income of the property was £25.2m for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Intu will continue to manage the centre on behalf of the joint venture and it added the closing of the transaction will be subject to completing senior debt finance with discussions “well advanced”.

The transaction further advances Intu’s stated strategy of reducing its debt to assets ratio through disposals, part-disposals and introducing partners to assets. Following the joint venture financing process, the firm will use the net proceeds of the transaction to repay debt.

Intu Derby is located in the centre of Derby and is a key retail and leisure destination in the East Midlands, with an annual footfall of 22m. The 1.3 million sq ft centre was extended and redeveloped in 2007 and provides over 200 units and includes retailers such as M&S, Debenhams, Next, H&M, Sainsbury’s, Zara, Hollywood Bowl and Showcase Cinema de Lux.

Matthew Roberts, chief executive designate of Intu, said: “We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Cale Street and look forward to working with them at Intu Derby.

“In what is a challenging investment market, this innovative transaction, which is in line with the December 2018 valuation, shows Intu is delivering on its strategy of reducing loan to value through disposals and part-disposals. On a pro-forma basis, we expect the impact of this transaction to reduce our loan to value by around 1%.”

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