KWE acquires €185.5m Italian office portfolio
KWE makes first Italian investment with €185.5 million purchase of nine offices let to the Italian Government.
Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc (LSE: KWE) an LSE listed property company that invests in direct real estate and real estate loans in Europe, has conditionally acquired a portfolio of nine offices in Italy fully let to the Italian government. The portfolio is being acquired from InvestiRE SGR, as the management company of the closed-end mutual property investment fund known as Fondo Immobili Pubblici (“FIP”). The portfolio net purchase price is €185.5 million, reflecting a yield on cost of 6.3%.
The portfolio comprises nine high quality office buildings 100% occupied by Italian government ministries (see Table 1), across 1.1 million sq ft (99,200 sq m) of lettable space, generating a day one NOI of €12.1 million, subject to annual indexation of 75% of CPI. The majority of the offices have been comprehensively refurbished with 50% of NOI being generated from properties refurbished from 2014. The unexpired lease term is 7.1 years with all the existing leases expiring simultaneously in December 2022.
At Via Valtellina, Milan, the local council approved a resolution to grant planning consent in September, to take effect in 2016, for the redevelopment of the adjoining Farini rail exchange, including KWE’s Via Valtellina property. This will see significant regeneration of the area and development of new offices, residential property and parks over an area comprising c. 5 million sq ft.
Mary Ricks, President and CEO of Kennedy Wilson Europe, commented: “This is KWE’s first investment in Italy, having kept a close eye on the market since IPO. This is an exceptional portfolio backed by strong covenants to the Italian government with long unexpired
lease terms relative to local leases. The portfolio includes institutional quality assets with significant reversionary potential, redevelopment angles and good liquidity of smaller assets with good income returns and a sticky government tenant.
“With a major redevelopment in Milan, two institutional properties with material reversion in Rome and Florence, and the majority of the remaining smaller lot sizes deemed strategic by the Italian government, KWE’s entry basis of €174 psf (€1,870 psm) is favourable to historic market capital values (see Table 2). We expect to grow both income and capital values as we implement our value enhancing asset management programme.”
The portfolio will be held by a closed-end real estate alternative investment fund named Olimpia Investment Fund, wholly-owned by KWE and managed by Savills Investment Management SGR. The conditional acquisition by the Olimpia Investment Fund is expected to close on or around 30 December 2015 and will be funded from the Company’s cash resources.
CBRE advised on the transaction.