Embassy REIT Executes Agreements With Embassy Sponsor to Acquire 0.6 Million Square Feet Leasable Area at a 9.25% Initial Yield on Development Completion in 4Q FY2023 Within the Overall Embassy Manyata Business Park Campus in Bengaluru
BENGALURU, India, Dec. 31, 2019 /CNW/ -- Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY) (BSE: 542602) ("Embassy REIT"), India's first listed Real Estate Investment Trust and the largest in Asia by area, announced today that the Board of Directors of Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (the "Manager" to Embassy REIT) has approved an arrangement with Embassy Property Developments Private Limited ("Embassy Sponsor"), for the acquisition of c.0.6 million square feet ("msf") leasable area in M3 Block B in Bengaluru, within the overall Embassy Manyata campus, at a 9.25% initial yield on development completion in 4Q FY2023.
Michael Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT, said, "The acquisition of c.0.6 msf leasable area upon development completion allows us to further capitalize on the strong leasing demand for our large-scale total business ecosystem. Considering Embassy Manyata is our largest asset with 11 msf completed area running at 99.3% occupancy as of September 30, 2019 and with an average occupancy of c.99% over the past three years, the proposed add-on office block will help cater to the growing space requirements of our tenants in a strong micro-market in Bengaluru."
Acquisition of M3 Block B building helps further consolidation of the M3 land parcel which also comprises 1msf of M3 (Block A), which was previously disclosed in the final offer document dated March 27, 2019.
Estimated acquisition cost of Rs. 7.4 bn to be funded through additional debt and shall be paid in tranches linked to milestones. The final acquisition cost will be determined upon building completion and lease-up based on actual achieved rents.
At a 9.25% yield, the debt funded acquisition is expected to be DPU accretive upon stabilization and compares favourably to Embassy Manyata cap rate of 8% as per the 1H FY2020 independent appraisal.
Strong framework in place regulating above related party transaction including two independent third party appraisals and affiliated board members abstaining from approval vote.
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About Embassy REIT
Embassy Office Parks is India's first and only listed REIT. The REIT comprises 25 msf of completed and operational commercial properties across India. With approximately 8 msf of on-campus development in the pipeline, the total portfolio spans 33 million square feet across seven Grade A office parks and four city-center office buildings in India's best performing office markets of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and the National Capital Region (NCR). The portfolio is home to over 165 blue chip corporate occupiers, and comprises 75 buildings with strategic amenities, including two completed hotels, two under-construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park that supplies renewable energy to park tenants.