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L&G Secures Argos Distribution Centre in Stafford for £33million.

24 March 2014

Legal & General Property (“LGP”) announces on behalf of its UK Property Unit Trust (“PUT”), one of the fastest growing funds in its sector, that it has acquired the Argos Distribution Centre, Acton Gate, Stafford from Dimah Capital, for a total consideration of £33 million, equating to a net initial yield of 6.22%.

Located next to Junction 13 of the M6 motorway at its intersection with the A449, the property is situated approximately 25 miles north of Birmingham and 2 miles south of Stafford.  Comprising a modern logistics unit with a total floor area of 473,222 sq ft, the asset it let to Argos Limited until December 2026.

Matt Jarvis, Fund Manager of the PUT at Legal & General Property, comments: “We have invested into the distribution sector on a regular basis over the last 15 months and continue to favour its long term performance dynamics. In this latest transaction the property is let to a strong covenant with a successful distribution strategy that links both their online and offline retail activities. The property is well-configured and given the current shortage of high quality warehouse accommodation in the midlands we believe that it also offers long term opportunities for rental growth.”

Launched in 2006, the PUT has grown from £100 million to over £1.1 billion since inception.  Equating to 35% growth per year on average, it is one of the very few property funds in the sector that continues to see steady inflow of capital from both Retail and Institutional investors.

Delivering strong returns, the Fund has outperformed the Lipper Property IMA Sector peers over one, three, and five years, with 1% per annum outperformance over the five years to January 2014.Investing its money in a range of retail, office and industrial market opportunities across the UK, that provide the potential for long-term capital growth, the Fund also invests in alternative sectors such as car showrooms and hotels, whilst retaining liquidity by utilising further investment capabilities such as REITs and derivative trades.

CBRE advised LGP.

Notes to editors

Legal & General Property
Legal & General Property (LGP) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of Europe’s largest institutional asset managers and a major global investor. LGIM manages approximately £443bn in assets on behalf of more than 3,100 clients (30 September 2013) and provides products and solutions spanning all asset classes. LGP is the third largest institutional property fund manager in the UK, managing or co-managing 16 separate funds or vehicles and two segregated mandates with an aggregate asset value of £11.6bn as at 30 September 2013. These funds include:

Specialist Pooled Funds
The Leisure Fund Limited Partnership; Industrial Property Investment Fund; Arlington Business Parks Partnership; and the English Cities Fund

Single Asset Vehicles
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership; Central Saint Giles Partnership; Performance Retail Limited Partnership and Warrington Retail Limited Partnership

Balanced Funds
Life Fund; Linked Pensions; Linked Life; Managed Fund; Property Unit Trust; UK Property Income Fund; LPI Income Property Fund and the Hybrid Property Fund.

LGP’s UK-focused fund management platform has built and retained a strong track record of out-performance across the sector. Owing to its size, diversity and penetration, it benefits from best in class banking and property industry contacts which, along with its wealth of in-house skill and expertise, have enabled it to continue to attract and secure high quality market opportunities. Taking a client-centric approach, the business places the highest priority upon integrity and transparency, leveraging upon the significant resources provided by the wider LGIM platform. Sector specialists cover each sphere of the market and are supported by LGP’s market-leading research capability. LGP’s sector specialisms cross all facets of the real estate market. In particular, the Company has a major development platform, responsible for delivering West End landmark building, Central Saint Giles, and Agar Street, its high profile Covent Garden office scheme, amongst others, and is currently involved in bringing forward a number of significant town-centre retail and leisure regeneration projects, including Bracknell, Trowbridge, Northampton and Eastbourne.

Legal & General Property Limited. Registered address: One Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA. Registered in England 2091897.

For more information please contact:

Olivia Goodall
PR Manager, Legal & General Capital and Real Assets, LGIM (Property, infrastructure and alternative finance)

t: + 44 (0) 203 124 2777
m: + 44 (0) 7718 395 279

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Registered in England 2091897.