The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is pleased to announce that the Company has completed the purchase of eight regulated social housing properties for a total consideration of £38,270,000, comprising 126 residencies. The four largest properties are leased to Auckland Home Solutions (“Auckland”), and the remaining four to Falcon Housing Association (“Falcon“).  Both Auckland and Falcon are regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing, and are counterparties to existing leases within the Company’s portfolio.

The properties will be immediately income-generating with an initial net yield in line with the Company’s expectations and were sourced off-market by Civitas Housing Advisors Limited, the Company’s investment manager.

The properties are subject to adaptation for use by tenants with mental health and other care needs.  There is a care provider in place at each property. The properties are subject to 25-year leases with Auckland and Falcon respectively and rents are adjusted annually in line with CPI over the full period.

The acquisitions were funded through the Company’s cash resources from the Company’s C Share, of which £209 million (before purchase costs) has now been invested. In due course following conversion of the C share, it is intended that leverage will be applied to this portfolio in accordance with the Company’s stated policy and it is expected that this will further enhance the yield achieved from this investment.

Civitas targets the objective of delivering sustainable returns to its shareholders by making socially relevant investments within the regulated social housing sector in England and Wales.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Civitas Housing Advisors Limited

Paul Bridge                   Tel: +44 (0)20 3058 4844

Andrew Dawber             Tel: +44 (0)20 3058 4846

 

Cenkos Securities PLC

Sapna Shah                  Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1922

Tom Scrivens                Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1915

 

Pagefield

Philip Dennis                 Tel: +44 (0)7947 868206

Paul Codd                  Tel: +44 (0)7846 885523

 

Notes:

Civitas Social Housing PLC is the first Real Estate Investment Trust offering pure play exposure to social housing in England and Wales.  The Company is managed by Civitas Housing Advisors Limited.  The Company is listed on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and was admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in November 2016.