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RDI REIT PLC - Link 9 Bicester fully let to Arrival

Release Date: 23/07/2020 08:00
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Link 9 Bicester fully let to Arrival

(Incorporated in the Isle of Man)
(Registered number 010534V)
LSE share code: RDI
JSE share code: RPL
LEI: 2138006NHZUMMRYQ1745
(“RDI” or the “Company”)


RDI, the income-focused UK-REIT, announces that it has let its recently completed 168,154 sq ft industrial and
distribution development at Unit 1B, Link 9, Bicester, to Arrival Automotive Ltd.

The UK-based electric van maker will now occupy both units 1A and 1B totalling approximately 288,000 sq ft.
The deal follows a competitive bidding process and means the scheme is now fully let.

The new lease will run co-terminus with Arrival Automotive’s existing 15 year lease on unit 1A, which was agreed
in December 2019. Both leases expire in December 2034 with no breaks, at a total annual rent of £2,335,000,
subject to five-yearly reviews to the higher of Open Market Rental Value and RPI capped and collared at 2% and
4%. The development and subsequent lettings have achieved a 7.5% yield on cost.

Arrival Automotive’s relocation to Bicester follows the company achieving an implied valuation of over £3 billion,
following the sale of a 3% stake in the business to South Korean car giants Hyundai and Kia, and a supply contract
with US delivery company United Parcel Service (UPS) for 10,000 purpose-built electric vans.

The newly completed Link 9 estate comprises 530,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse accommodation spread
across 11 units on a 40 acre site. The scheme is strategically located for distribution occupiers by junctions 9 and
10 of the M40, providing rapid access to the national motorway network and commercial hubs of London, Oxford
and Birmingham.

Adrian Horsburgh, Property Director at RDI, commented: “Arrival Automotive is an exciting and growing
company which has an important role to play in helping cities meet net-zero emissions targets with the provision
of their game changing electric buses and delivery vans. We are thrilled that they have decided that Link 9 is the
right home to help them achieve their growth ambitions, whilst at the same time it clearly supports our decision to
press ahead with the forward funding of this asset 18 months ago.”

For further information:

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23 July 2020

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About RDI

RDI is an income focused UK-REIT with a diversified portfolio invested principally in the UK. The investment
approach is driven by an in depth understanding of occupational demand including the impact of technology,
transport and infrastructure investment. The portfolio has been repositioned in recent years to increase its weighting
to London and the South East and to provide greater exposure to our leading hotel and serviced office operating

RDI is committed to delivering attractive income led total returns across the real estate cycle. The current strategic
objectives of a lower leverage capital structure and more focused allocation of capital are targeted at delivering an
industry leading and sustainable income return.

RDI is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (UK-REIT) and holds a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange
and a secondary listing on the JSE. The Company is included within the EPRA, GPR, JSE All Property and JSE
Tradeable Property indices.

For more information on RDI, please refer to the Company's website

Date: 23-07-2020 08:00:00
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