Macfarlanes advises on Supermarket Income REIT’s acquisition of an additional stake in a joint venture

12 January 2023

Macfarlanes has advised Supermarket Income REIT, the real estate investment trust providing secure, inflation-protected, long income from grocery property in the UK on its acquisition of British Airway’s Pension Trustees Limited’s 25.5% beneficial interest in the Sainsbury’s Reversion Portfolio (the SRP Portfolio) for £196m (excluding costs).

The transaction increases the REIT’s interest in the SRP Portfolio to 51%. The remaining 49% beneficial interest is held by Sainsbury’s plc (Sainsbury’s).

The SRP Portfolio comprises the freeholds to 26 Sainsbury’s supermarkets, of which 21 will be acquired by Sainsbury’s for £1,040 million between March 2023 and July 2023 on expiry of the current leases. The SRP Portfolio was created in 2000 through two sale and leaseback transactions, which were funded by bonds issued under two securitisations.

The transaction was led by corporate M&A partner Robert Boyle, with assistance from senior counsel Mark Slade and associate Jessica Tang.

Commenting on the transaction, Robert Boyle said: “We are delighted to have advised Supermarket Income REIT on this acquisition, which gives the Company a 51% stake in a strategically important transaction with Sainsbury’s.”

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