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Empiric Student Property PLC
07 October 2016
 

7 October 2016

Empiric Student Property plc

("Empiric" or the "Company" or, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

 

Empiric acquires a portfolio of five student accommodation assets in Exeter, Leicester and Portsmouth

 

The Board of Empiric Student Property plc (ticker: ESP), the owner and operator of premium student accommodation across the UK, is pleased to announce that the Group has acquired the freeholds of five operating properties, one in Exeter, two in Leicester and two in Portsmouth, with a total of 464 beds, for an aggregate cash consideration of £26.69 million (excluding acquisition costs) from assets managed by LaSalle Investment Management.

 

All the properties were fully let for the 2015/16 academic year and are 100% pre-let for the 2016/17 academic year.  The operations are currently managed by Campbell Property which will continue to manage the properties on behalf of the Group before operations are integrated onto the Hello Student® operating platform.

 

Bishop Blackall School (£8.02 million) - Exeter

Bishop Blackall School, Exeter, was converted in 2011 from an Edwardian school and headmaster's house into a direct-let student accommodation property with 113 beds across a mix of two to eight bedroom apartments, each of which has its own kitchen and living area.  The property is a 10 minute walk to the University of Exeter campus and seven minutes from the city centre.  It is within easy reach of Empiric's six other properties in the city, facilitating operational economies of scale.

 

The Hosiery Factory (£5.61 million) and The Shoe and Boot Factory (£8.86 million) - Leicester

The Hosiery Factory, Leicester, which was converted in 2015, is a direct-let student accommodation property with 107 beds across a mix of three to nine bedroom apartments, each of which has its own kitchen and living area. 

 

The Shoe and Boot Factory, Leicester is a direct-let student accommodation property with 173 beds across a mix of four to eight bedroom apartments, each of which has its own kitchen and living area.  The building was converted from the original factory in 2013 and retains many of the original features.  Two new build structures have created a courtyard amenity space.

 

The properties, which are located opposite each other, are well situated in the city centre, a three minute walk to De Montford University and a 15 minute walk to the University of Leicester, and within easy reach of Empiric's other five properties in the city, facilitating operational economies of scale.

 

Elm Grove Library (£1.11 million) and Kingsway House (£3.09 million) - Portsmouth

Elm Grove Library, Portsmouth, which was converted from a former library building in 2012, is a direct-let student accommodation property with 19 beds across a mix of three to five bedroom apartments, each of which has its own kitchen and living area. 

 

Kingsway House, Portsmouth, is a direct-let student accommodation property with 52 beds across a mix of three, four, seven and eight bedroom apartments, each of which has its own kitchen and living area.  The building was converted from a former NHS office building in 2014 and has been redesigned to create a central living area, with the original concrete cladding having been replaced with a more modern façade.

 

The properties, which are located opposite each other, are situated in the student hub in Southsea, a 15 minute walk to the University of Portsmouth and a 20 minute walk to the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre.

 

Paul Hadaway, Chief Executive of Empiric Student Property plc, commented:

"The acquisition of this portfolio increases our presence in Exeter to approximately 595 beds across seven properties, in Leicester to 560 beds across seven properties and in Portsmouth to 354 across four properties.  The purchase of small, complementary portfolios of properties enables us to deploy the Group's capital in a more cost efficient manner, the benefit of which accrues to our shareholders.  This acquisition is in line with Empiric's investment criteria and returns profile."

 

For further information on the Company, please contact:

 

Empiric Student Property plc

(via Newgate below)

Paul Hadaway (Chief Executive)

 

Tim Attlee (Chief Investment Officer)

 

Michael Enright (Chief Financial Officer)

 

 

 

Akur Limited (Joint Financial Adviser)

Tel: 020 7493 3631

Tom Frost

 

Anthony Richardson

 

Siobhan Sergeant

 

 

 

Jefferies International Limited (Joint Financial Adviser and Broker)

Tel: 020 7029 8000

Gary Gould

 

Stuart Klein

 

 

 

Newgate (PR Adviser)

Tel: 020 7680 6550

James Benjamin

Em: [email protected]

Zoe Pocock

 

Alex Shilov

 

Lydia Thompson

 

 

Further information on Empiric can be found on the Company's website at www.empiric.co.uk.

 

Notes:

 

 Empiric Student Property plc is a leading provider and operator of modern, direct-let, premium student accommodation across the UK and is committed to providing shareholders with regular, sustainable and growing (at least in line with RPI) dividends, together with the potential for capital appreciation over the medium to long term. Investing in both operating and development assets, the Company focuses on quality, with assets generally in prime central locations in top university cities and towns in the UK, attracting international students and/or those studying beyond first year, in particular, postgraduates. For the 2015/16 academic year, Empiric's customer base comprises 69% international students from 98 countries. 78% of the Company's customers are students beyond their first year of study.

 

The Company, an internally managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") incorporated in England and Wales, listed on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and was admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in June 2014. The Company is a constituent of the FTSE All Share and FTSE EPRA/NAREIT indices.


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