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INVESTEC PROPERTY FUND LIMITED - Acquisition of an additional interest in the U.K fund

Release Date: 08/07/2019 17:10
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Acquisition of an additional interest in the U.K fund

INVESTEC PROPERTY FUND LIMITED
Approved as a REIT by the JSE
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration Number 2008/011366/06)
Share code: IPF      ISIN: ZAE000180915
(“Investec Property Fund” or the “Fund”)


VOLUNTARY ANNOUNCEMENT – ACQUISITION OF AN ADDITIONAL INTEREST IN THE U.K FUND



1. Introduction

    Shareholders are advised that Investec Property Fund has acquired an additional 23% interest in
    the Investec Argo UK Property Fund (“U.K Fund”), for a purchase consideration of GBP25 million
    (the “Acquisition”). Following the Acquisition, the Fund’s total investment in the U.K Fund is
    GBP36.7 million, with a 33% shareholding.

2. Rationale

    As part of the Fund’s ongoing capital allocation process, the Acquisition represented an opportunity
    to deploy capital into a platform which has delivered a compelling IRR of 15.8% since inception.

    The Acquisition will generate a post-tax initial yield of c.5.5% in GBP and reflects a discount to net
    asset value of 14%, providing an attractive enhancement to the Fund’s entry point into the UK
    market. Given the intended funding structure of the Acquisition, the investment is expected to be
    marginally earnings accretive in the short-term.

    The U.K Fund’s property portfolio is underpinned by sound property fundamentals with a WALE of
    11 years and vacancy of 2.2% (excluding development vacancy). The portfolio combines core
    income, underpinned by several long-dated Sainsbury’s stores and core-plus properties in the
    industrial sector that provide potential future upside through rental growth and asset management
    initiatives.

    The U.K Fund will continue to build its portfolio on a similar basis, targeting annualised total returns
    of c.10% through the acquisition and management of both core and core-plus properties.

    The Acquisition further enhances the Fund’s exposure to developed offshore markets, taking total
    offshore exposure to c.17% on completion.

    The Acquisition will be funded though the proceeds received from the partial sell down of the
    Fund’s holding in Investec Australia Property Fund, with c.60% to 65% GBP cross currency swaps
    being utilized to hedge a portion of the underlying capital investment. The anticipated dividends
    will be hedged out over the next 5 years to lock in foreign exchange growth of c.6% to 7% based
    on the current GBP/ZAR foreign exchange curve.

3. Categorisation

    The Acquisition is not a categorised transaction in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements and is
    therefore not subject to shareholder approval. This announcement is voluntary and for information
    purposes only.

Johannesburg
8 July 2019

Financial Advisor and Sponsor
Investec Bank Limited

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