Tower Property Fund grows its industrial exposure

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Tower Property Fund has purchased eight industrial properties as part of the funds strategy to increase their exposure to the industrial sector to 20%.

 

Marc-Edwards Tower property Fund

Tower recently purchased a property portfolio of eight industrial properties from HBW Holdings.   The properties are the Meadowbrook Distribution Centre in Edenvale, 8 Industry Road in Kempton Park, 10A Cleveland Road in Cleveland, 320 Kuit Street in Pretoria, Route 21 Industrial Park in Irene, the Pick n Pay Distribution Centre in Pinetown, Nampak in Pinetown, and Arrowfield in Pinetown.  

The transaction, which is worth R375 million, provides Tower with its first significant exposure to the Industrial Property Sector and will see Tower raise its exposure from 0.9% to approximately 12% - well on the way to the 20% overall target.

The properties fetch rentals of up to R65 per square metre and the largest property is 15 500 square metres in size. 

This latest acquisition takes Tower’s property portfolio to 44 properties valued at R3.5 billion. Marc Edwards, CEO of Tower says the purchase of these eight industrial properties is in line with the funds strategy of growing its asset base with well-located and diversified properties throughout South Africa.

“Despite challenges such as sluggish economic growth and unstable electricity supply, certain nodes of the industrial sector are strong,” says Edwards.  “According to a recent IPD annual South African property index, the best performing sector was industrial, and although the commercial property market is still under pressure, the sector is still yielding attractive returns for investors.”

Acquisition spree – office and retail space also purchased by Tower

Tower has been on an acquisition drive and in addition to the deal with HBW, also recently purchased 15 Wellington Road in Parktown for a sum of R80.5 million, Evagold Shopping Centre for R110 million in Evaton, Gauteng, Link Hills Shopping Centre in Kwazulu Natal for R217 million and VMD KVART, Block B – an office property located in Zagreb in Croatia, for Euro 23.7 million – this being the first off shore property purchased by Tower.

“These recent acquisitions are pleasing as they provide strong and secure cash flows to the fund,” says Edwards.  “Whilst growth in size is not the main goal, it does allow us to diversify our risks in certain sectors of the market which have been underperforming.  The fund has grown in total value from R1.6 billion on listing to approximately R4 billion today.  This represents growth in size of 150%. At the same time the company has sold and is selling some smaller, non-core properties which results in a more sustainable and attractive portfolio for investors.”

 

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