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SIRIUS REAL ESTATE LIMITED - Sirius To Acquire Essen Business Park

Release Date: 16/03/2021 09:00
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Sirius To Acquire Essen Business Park

(Incorporated in Guernsey)
Company Number: 46442
JSE Share Code: SRE
LSE (GBP) Share Code: SRE
LSE (EUR) Share Code: ESRE
LEI: 213800NURUF5W8QSK566
ISIN Code: GG00B1W3VF54

16 March 2021

                                       Sirius Real Estate Limited

                          ("Sirius Real Estate", "Sirius" or the "Company")

                             SIRIUS TO ACQUIRE ESSEN BUSINESS PARK

Sirius Real Estate, the leading owner and operator of branded business and industrial parks providing
conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany, announces that it has notarised the
acquisition of a business park in Essen for €10,710,000. The transaction is by way of a sale and
leaseback with thyssenkrupp, the international industrial engineering and technology group, and
reflects an EPRA net initial yield of 6.5%. The purchase was sourced by the Sirius acquisitions team off-
market and will be funded from existing cash resources, with completion expected in Q2 2021.

Built between 1962 and 1963, the mixed-use business and industrial park offers 14,711 sqm of gross
lettable area, of which 45% is warehouse, 42% is office and 13% production space. The park is situated
on a 34,844 sqm plot, which includes a 4,450 sqm parcel of land that offers the potential for
development into additional warehouse and office space. The site currently has 190 parking spaces.

The business park is currently 80% let to six entities within thyssenkrupp, and produces total
annualised rental income of approximately €830,000, reflecting an average rent of €5.85 per sqm
(including car parking).

The weighted average unexpired lease length is 1.4 years, presenting Sirius with a range of asset
management options and the opportunity to increase income through the re-letting of vacated space
and selective investment into the asset.

Located in the south west of Essen, around 2km from the city centre, the park is highly accessible by
rail and car. Essen is the second largest city in the Ruhr, Germany’s most populous region and industrial
heartland, which is home to many of the country’s largest companies. Sirius already manages office
space at Ruhrturm Essen, also located in the south of the city.

Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said:
“The business park we are acquiring at Essen offers a good mix of warehouse and office space, as well
as great potential for Sirius to use our asset management capability and local expertise to add value,
improve rental tone and explore development of part of the site. Essen is a city we know well and one
we believe has strong long-term growth prospects. The asset is well positioned for the Autobahn and
public transport, and will also complement the space we manage at Ruhrturm Essen.

“We were able to proactively secure this high-yielding asset on an off-market basis from thyssenkrupp
directly, demonstrating the power of our local knowledge and network, and we see further
opportunities to acquire assets from Germany’s manufacturing and industrial firms looking to free up
capital. This presents a positive opportunity to strengthen our pipeline and source the most attractive

“This will be the fifth asset acquired by Sirius Real Estate in the second half of our financial year,
bringing our total acquisitions to €46.2m. Alongside our Titanium joint venture, Sirius has executed
€125m of transactions over this period, underlining our significant presence in the German industrial

For further information:

Sirius Real Estate

Andrew Coombs, CEO / Alistair Marks, CFO

+49 (0) 30 285010110

FTI Consulting (Financial PR)

Richard Sunderland / Claire Turvey / James McEwan / Talia Jessener

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000


About Sirius Real Estate

Sirius is a property company listed on the main market and premium segment of the London Stock
Exchange and the main board of the JSE Limited. It is a leading operator of branded business parks
providing conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany. The Company’s purpose is to
create and manage optimal workspaces that empower small and medium-sized businesses to grow,
evolve and thrive. Sirius seeks to unlock the potential of its people, its properties, and the
communities in which it operates, so that together we can create sustainable impact, and long-term
financial and social value.

The Company's core strategy is the acquisition of business parks at attractive yields, the integration
of these business parks into its network of sites under the Company's own name as well as offering a
range of branded products within those sites, and the reconfiguration and upgrade of existing and
vacant space to appeal to the local market, through intensive asset management and investment.
The Company's strategy aims to deliver attractive returns for shareholders by increasing rental
income and improving cost recoveries and capital values, as well as by enhancing those returns
through financing its assets on favourable terms. Once sites are mature and net income and values
have been optimised, the Company may take the opportunity to refinance the sites to release capital
for investment in new sites or consider the disposal of sites in order to recycle equity into assets
which present greater opportunity for the asset management skills of the Company's team.

Sirius also has a venture with clients represented by AXA IM Alts. Titanium was formed through the
acquisition by AXA IM Alts, on behalf of its clients, from Sirius, of a 65% stake in five business parks
across Germany. Sirius retained the remaining 35%. The venture seeks to grow primarily through the
acquisition of larger stabilised business park assets and portfolios of assets with strong tenant
profiles and occupancy. As well as its equity interest, Sirius acts as operator of the assets in the
venture, on a fee basis. Sirius will continue to grow its wholly owned portfolio through acquisitions
of more opportunistic assets, where it can capitalise on its asset management expertise to maximise
utilisation of the space, grow occupancy and improve quality of the tenants. The strategies have
been clearly defined so that the venture does not conflict with Sirius's existing business.

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