Acquisition of The Cube in Leeds
Town Centre Securities PLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Cube, 123 Albion Street, Leeds for £12 million from Aviva.
Contracts have been exchanged, with completion of the purchase set for 1 October 2018; the purchase will be funded from TCS’s existing resources and planned disposals. The re-financing of Merrion House in July this year gave TCS considerably greater financial flexibility.
The Cube is located opposite the Merrion Centre, TCS’s largest asset. It is a refurbished and extended former 1960’s office building, comprising of 22,000 sqft of ground floor leisure units with leases to Hard Rock Café and Mecca Bingo, together with 50,000 sqft of offices over three floors let to Capita and the Government.
The purchase price of £12m represents an initial yield of over 12.5% on the passing income. With lease expiries in 2019 and 2020 the yield will reduce to around 9%, a strong and sustainable return for a city-centre asset.
Edward Ziff, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “The Cube represents a strategic acquisition for TCS, as we further expand our ownership in Leeds, with its proximity to the Merrion and other key destinations in the City Centre. It will provide us with asset management opportunities and importantly the additional income will help mitigate the effect of further asset sales that we plan from our portfolio.
“This transaction demonstrates our ambitious growth plans, and the momentum that we are building with both our exciting development pipeline and strategic acquisitions such as The Cube and Ducie House, in our Piccadilly Basin development.”