Supermarket Income REIT: Acquisition of a Sainsbury’s Supermarket

29th October 2020 | Supermarket Income REIT plc

Supermarket Income REIT plc (LSE: SUPR), the UK supermarket real estate investment trust providing secure, inflation-protected, long income from grocery property in the UK, announces the acquisition of a Sainsbury’s supermarket (and adjoining commercial premises) in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, from the National Farmers Union for £53.1 million (excluding acquisition costs), reflecting a combined net initial yield of 4.1%.

Sainsbury’s has a long history of trading from this prominent 11-acre site which was originally developed in the 1980s and completely rebuilt in 2011.

The site comprises a 68,000 sq ft net sales area supermarket with purpose-built online fulfilment docks which support Sainsbury’s online grocery fulfilment across the store’s catchment area, over 420 parking spaces and a 12-pump petrol filling station.

The supermarket is being acquired with an unexpired lease term of 21 years with five-yearly, upward-only, RPI-linked rent reviews (subject to an annual 4.0% cap and 1.5% floor). The next scheduled rent review is in November 2021 which will see the combined net initial yield from the site increase to a minimum of 4.6%.

The site also includes three unoccupied commercial units yielding over 9% which are principally leased to Peugeot Motor Company for a remaining term of six years.

Ben Green, Director of Atrato Capital, the Investment Advisor to Supermarket Income REIT, said:

“This omnichannel Sainsbury’s store is an excellent addition to our growing portfolio. The property has strong underlying fundamentals with an attractive inflation linked lease in excess of 20 years and provides asset management opportunities.”

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