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Planning permission received for the development of a new regional distribution centre at Symmetry Park, Biggleswade, pre-let to the Co-op Food Group

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“The quality of the Group’s portfolio and Customer base mean that we are confident of continuing to deliver secure dividends to Shareholders, resulting in attractive returns in a low interest rate environment. While the continued delays and lack of clarity over Brexit presents a substantial uncertainty for the UK economy, our market has remained robust. Since the referendum in June 2016, occupiers have continued to search for space, rents have risen and yields have hardened. Brexit is also encouraging manufacturers and retailers to hold additional stock domestically, increasing occupational requirements for UK warehouse space while supply constraints continue. This reinforces the favourable dynamics for landlords. Nonetheless, Brexit does present significant risk for the UK economy which could impinge upon the current positive attributes of our market.

We see good opportunities to continue to add assets to the portfolio at prices that create value at the point of purchase. Following the db symmetry acquisition, we now have the ability to bring through our own developments which are expected to contribute materially to earnings growth and our progressive dividend policy over the medium term.”

Sir Richard Jewson KCVO, JP, Chairman
2018 Full Year Results

 

Financial Highlights (FY 2018)

6.70p (+4.7%)
6.88p (+8.0%)
152.83p (+7.4%)
12.1% (-20.3%)
£3.42 bn (+31.1%)
£113.76m (+21.3%)