W.P. Carey Completes Acquisition of Government-Occupied Office Asset in Manchester
- Sep 12, 2013
Manchester, UK—With European markets presenting better and better investment opportunities, more and more US-based companies are expanding the overseas portfolios with the most diverse acquisitions. W.P. Carey recently announced its purchase of an office asset in the third largest city in the United Kingdom, Manchester, in North West England. According to the company, the fee paid by W. P. Carey to the former owner, the Department of State for Communities and Local Government, stood at a total of 40 million GBP, or $62 million.
The newly purchased office property is located in the city of Manchester, in the Salford submarket. The area has been tapped to become one of the redevelopment hotbeds for the Greater Manchester Area, having already drawn some attention due to the city’s dynamic office market, second only to the white hot office scene of the capital city, London. The office asset is currently leased to the DCLG, according to a 15-year, triple-net leasing agreement, and is currently populated by employees of the UK’s tax department.
Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs has relocated a large chunk of its staff from a host of other facilities to the property in question. The office property currently holds around 2,000 of the tax department’s employees. With redevelopment efforts in Salford continuing, the area will surely attract other investors and developers. The presence of the HMRC here, and W.P. Carey’s acquisition of the property that the department occupies is also incentive and proof that there are business opportunities in the area.
According to Jennifer Lucas, director of W.P. Carey: “The transaction demonstrates (the company’s) ability to source and complete attractive deals in key European markets.” Lucas also went on to praise the economic environment in the UK, its AAA-rating, and the fortunate context of having acquired an asset that has attached “a Government lessee, a strong, long-term tenant.”