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M7 Real Estate Sells 77,000 Sq Ft Retail Warehouse to Urban Logistics REIT

M7 Real Estate has sold a retail warehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Urban Logistics REIT for approximately £13.2m, on behalf of the M7 Box+ II fund. According to the company, the sale represents a net initial yield of 6.2%.

The asset, in Milton Link, comprises c. 77,000 sq ft and is occupied by retailer The Range and has a Costa Coffee ‘drive-through’.

Euan Burns, divisional director at M7, said: “We are really pleased to have completed this sale which has generated a strong performance for the Fund and will enable us to pursue other value enhancing opportunities. The sales process demonstrated a strong demand for well-located retail-led units which lend themselves to urban logistics. For this reason, we continue to view the asset type as one of the most interesting in the real estate sector due to its potential for re-pricing.”

M7 acquired the asset in December 2020 as part of a wider portfolio purchase and quickly identified the asset for disposal at an enhanced value.

This sale will be accretive to the performance of M7 Box + II, which is invested in a portfolio of carefully selected UK retail warehouses with potential for future rental and capital growth, through active asset management and an anticipated re-pricing of the asset class as the logistics function of these properties in the last mile delivery chain grows. Following the sale, the portfolio will comprise eight assets with a total area of circa 915,000 sq ft.

M7 was advised by Stockford Anderson whilst Ryden acted for Urban Logistics REIT.