29 June 2017
CIVITAS SOCIAL HOUSING PLC
("Civitas" or the "Company")
£22.0m Acquisition of a regulated Social Housing Portfolio
The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is pleased to announce the Company has completed the purchase of a portfolio of regulated social housing for a total consideration of £22.0 million, comprising the freehold interest in 16 supported living properties, with 173 tenancies. The properties are situated across the country within eight different local authority areas. The portfolio is immediately income-generating with an initial net yield in line with the Company's expectations and was sourced off-market by Civitas Housing Advisors Limited ("CHA"), the Company's Investment Manager.
Each property is subject to a 22-year lease with a specialist Housing Association - Inclusion Housing CIC ("Inclusion") - focused around supported living, with rents established by the relevant local authority and adjusted annually by inflation (CPI) over the full period. Inclusion is a Registered Provider, regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency ("HCA") and a counterparty to leases within the Company's previous portfolios.
The properties in the portfolio have been adapted for use as specialist supported living homes for tenants with physical and/or mental disabilities or other care needs, and a care provider for each property is in place.
The portfolio was funded through the Company's cash resources. In due course, it is intended that leverage will be applied in accordance with the Company's stated policy and it is expected that this will further enhance the yield achieved from this investment.
The social homes owned by Civitas are provided on a long-term basis to Housing Associations with a wide range of tenants who vary in age profile and in the level of support that each receives.
By acquiring these social homes, and working with Housing Associations, Civitas seeks for tenants to experience a stable, high-quality living environment that offers good visibility of tenure. The Company promotes "additionality" by the provision of new equity capital that has the potential to be redeployed in the delivery of new social homes.
Civitas aims to deliver sustainable returns to its shareholders by making socially relevant investments within the regulated social housing sector in England and Wales.
For further information, please contact:
Civitas Housing Advisors Limited
Paul Bridge Tel: +44 (0)20 3709 4622
Andrew Dawber Tel: +44 (0)20 3709 4626
Cenkos Securities PLC
Sapna Shah Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1922
Tom Scrivens Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1915
Philip Dennis Tel: +44 (0)7947 868206
David Leslie Tel: +44 (0)7584 070274
Civitas Social Housing PLC is the first Real Estate Investment Trust offering pure play exposure to social housing in England and Wales. The Company is managed by Civitas Housing Advisors Limited. The Company is 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 November 2016.
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