6 November 2017
Raven Russia Limited ("Raven Russia" or the "Company")
The Board of Raven Russia is pleased to announce that a subsidiary of the Company has entered into an agreement ('the Agreement") for the acquisition of a logistics park in Moscow.
The Agreement provides for the subsidiary of the Company to acquire a completed warehouse complex from Industrialniy park "Sever" Limited Liability Company, a company incorporated in Russia. Initial consideration of RUR 5.119billion ($86.58million), is payable with a further deferred element of consideration due within 18 months of completion, dependent on letting of vacant space. Deferred consideration payable is estimated to be between RUR 1.51billion ($25.50 million) and RUR 1.97 billion ($33.29 million). Consideration is satisfied in cash.
The yield on the maximum consideration payable is expected to be 11.38% with a reversionary yield of 12.51%.
The purchase price represents a capital value of approximately RUR 36,000 per square metre ("sqm") ($600 per sqm) which is at or below replacement cost.
The agreement is conditional on the satisfaction of certain escrow arrangements and the acquisition is expected to complete in early December.
The property comprises a Grade A warehouse complex of 195,132sqm situated to the north of Moscow approximately 2km from the new Moscow to Saint-Petersburg toll road. The property was built between 2014 and 2017 and is 73% let to a number of local and international tenants, including OBI, O'KEY retail group, Major Logistics, Miratorg and R-Pharm. Leases are Rouble denominated and current annualised income is RUR 616million ($10.42million) rising to RUR 886million ($14.99million) on a fully let, ERV basis. The current unexpired weighted average lease term is 4 years.
Glyn Hirsch, Chief Executive of Raven Russia said: "We are pleased to announce our second acquisition of the year at a point which is increasingly feeling like the bottom of the cycle. ERV yields of 12+% and capital values at or below replacement cost represent excellent investment opportunities. In sterling, rents are now £4.60 per square foot and capital values £43 per square foot. We have commenced discussions on investment debt finance on this deal which should result in a high return on the equity we ultimately invest. The Russian central bank's further cut in rates last week to 8.25% should also help sentiment. Hopefully we will have more of the same (or better) to come"
This announcement is released by Raven Russia Limited and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 ("MAR"), encompassing information relating to the acquisition described herein, and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of the Company by Benn Garnham, Company Secretary.

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