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Ediston Prop Inv - Commencement of Haddington Retail Park development

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Ediston Property Inv Comp PLC
28 September 2020
 

28 September 2020

 

Ediston Property Investment Company plc ('the Company')

(LEI: 213800JRL87EGX9TUI28)

 

 

Commencement of the Haddington Retail Park development

 

Construction has started on the Company's 48,000 sq. ft. retail park and petrol filling station in Haddington, East Lothian. Haddington is a growing commuter town located 18 miles to the east of Edinburgh.

 

The site, which is adjacent to several new housing developments, is 97% pre-let to national retailers Aldi, Home Bargains, The Food Warehouse, Costa Coffee and Euro Garages. One unit of 1,500 sq. ft. is available to lease, but it is anticipated that this will be let prior to completion. The development is expected to achieve practical completion in June 2021.

 

As a result of this project, the Company's retail warehouse weighting will increase from c. 60% to 64% and the regional weighting to Scottish assets will increase from c. 11% to 14%, both well within the Company's investment restrictions.

 

Once completed and fully occupied, the retail park will provide the Company with a rental income of £875,000 per annum and will have a weighted average unexpired lease term of 14.4 years, assuming the vacant unit is let for a term of five-years.

 

Costs to completion will be c. £7.5m. This will be funded through a combination of the Company's existing debt facilities and cash resources, with the cash outlay identified in the Company's current cash budgeting. The development should generate an income return on cost of capital employed of c. 8.00% per annum.

 

 

Calum Bruce, Investment Manager, commented:

 

"We are delighted to commence development of this convenience led retail park, a sub-sector of the retail market which has proved to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. This asset complements our development program which is expected to deliver £1.1m of additional income in the next 12 months which will increase the net income available for distribution to shareholders."

 

 

 

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Enquiries



Will Barnett

- Investec Bank plc           

0207 597 5873

Calum Bruce

- Ediston Properties Limited

0131 225 5599

Ruth Wright

- JTC                       

0203 893 1011

Ben Robinson

- Kaso Legg Communications

0203 995 6672

Stephanie Ross

- Kaso Legg Communications       

0203 995 6676

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

                                                                                               

                                                                               

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