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Legal & General bags Stafford retail investment as final UK PIF II acquisition

LGIM Real Assets (“Legal & General”) announces, on behalf of its second UK Property Income Fund (“UK PIF II” or the “Fund”), that it has exchanged contracts to acquire Riverside Retail Park in Stafford from LXB Retail Properties for a total consideration of £36.8m, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.8%. This acquisition marks the final acquisition for UK PIF II.

9 Jan 2018


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As part of a linked transaction, the Legal & General Leisure Fund has entered a forward commitment to purchase the adjacent leisure development known as Waterfront for £15m, which will be anchored by Odeon cinemas.

The retail and leisure scheme was developed in 2016 and provides a total of 102,060 sq ft of retail accommodation across 17 retail units. The anchor tenants are M&S and Primark, with a strong supporting tenant line-up including River Island, H&M, Outfit and JD Sports. There are currently four vacant units, two of which are under offer. The scheme benefits from a 1,025 space multi-storey car park located in the Waterfront and an additional 180 spaces underneath Riverside; both car parks are operated by the local authority. Waterfront will include six restaurants and a six screen Odeon cinema. Nandos and Frankie & Benny’s are already trading.

Following the success of UK PIF I, LGIM Real Assets launched its second fund within The UK Property Income Fund model series. The fund has a seven year life span and delivers a core/core-plus risk strategy and includes investment from Legal & General Group and the fund team with a total buying power or Gross Asset Value (GAV) of £610 million when including gearing.

Following this latest acquisition, UK PIF II has acquired a balanced portfolio of 13 properties to date, totalling approximately £525m. Located in strong growth locations across the UK, these include Priory Court and the Lewis Building in Birmingham; The Overgate Centre in Dundee; The Grafton in Cambridge and FC200, West London. The Fund continues to successfully implement its business strategy for each of the properties, adding value and driving income growth across the portfolio through clever asset management initiatives.

Charlie Walker, Director of LGIM Real Assets and Fund Manager of UK PIF II, said: "This acquisition for UK PIF II is an excellent final addition for the Fund, allowing us to secure a high-quality new shopping destination in Stafford with an attractive income profile. We are looking forward to working with the retailers and continue to further enhance Riverside’s footfall, following recent new openings."

Further information

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Olivia Bayliss

Head of Communications

Capital and LGIM Real Assets

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Faye Bennett

Head of Housing PR

Legal & General Capital

Notes to editors

LGIMRA is a division of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of Europe’s largest
institutional asset managers and a major global investor. LGIM manages £1.29 trillion1 ($1.57tn) in
assets, working with a range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors.

LGIM Real Assets has assets under management of £36 billion2 ($43.8bn) and is one of the largest
private markets investment managers in the UK. Investing in both debt and equity and across the
risk/return spectrum, LGIM Real Assets actively invests in and manages assets across commercial,
operational and residential property sectors, as well as infrastructure, real estate, corporate and
alternative debt.

Taking a long-term view in order to future proof our investments, LGIM Real Assets continues to lead the industry in ESG performance, considering all environmental, social and governance issues at asset level as well as portfolio level.

1LGIM internal data as at 30 June 2022. These figures include assets managed by LGIMA, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Data includes derivative positions.
2Source: LGIM Real Assets. AUM data as at 30 June 2022.

*at 13 Jan 2023

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