Completion of the acquisition of the Artemis portfolio
Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc (the "Company" or "KWE") is pleased to announce that it has today completed the acquisition of the Artemis Portfolio for a cash consideration of approximately £144 million. The acquisition was funded through the Company's cash resources.
The Artemis Portfolio was identified in the Company's IPO prospectus dated 25 February 2014 as part of the seed portfolio. The Artemis Portfolio is a mixed use portfolio and comprises 26 properties located in England and Scotland, consisting of five retail properties, seven office properties, one retail warehouse and 13 industrial estates. The Artemis Portfolio includes the freehold of 25 properties and a leasehold interest in relation to 1 property. It is a diversified portfolio with a mixture of trading, asset management and long term hold assets, and comprises high quality institutional assets, with strong tenant and investor demand and good individual asset liquidity.
Following the completion of the acquisition of the Artemis Portfolio, KWE has investments in two portfolios of properties, acquired for an aggregate acquisition price of approximately £223 million and comprising in aggregate 40 office, industrial and retail properties of approximately 2.6 million square feet in aggregate, located across the UK.
Mary Ricks, a non-executive director on the board of the Company, commented on the completion of the Artemis acquisition: "With its first two acquisitions, KWE has now invested nearly a quarter of the proceeds from its initial public offering. Our pipeline remains robust as we continue to evaluate and pursue many interesting opportunities in our target markets."