Dipula to buy properties for R326m

17 Sep 2012

Dipula Income Fund will acquire four properties for a combined R326 million as part of its yield-enhancing property portfolio growth.

Dipula will buy the 3 270 square metre Byron Place in Pretoria acquired for R38 million, the 12 782 square metre Sterkolite building in Rosslyn, Pretoria for R78 million and 6 909 square metre Elco building in East London for R57 million.

This is the fourth major property acquisition since listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in August 2011.

Dipula signed agreements to acquire a portfolio of three government-tenanted office buildings for a total of R173 million and Tower Mall, a 15 348 square metre retail mall under development in Jouberton in the North West Province, for R153 million.

Izak Petersen, chief executive officer of Dipula Income Fund, says both the office and retail acquisitions further Dipula’s strategy of improving the quality and average size of its portfolio on a yield-enhancing basis.

“The transactions expand our geographic and sectoral diversification and the office properties also confirm the benefits of Dipula’s black-owned external management company.”

The three office properties all have relatively long government leases.

They comprise the 3 270 square metre Byron Place in Pretoria acquired for R38 million, the 12 782 square metre Sterkolite building in Rosslyn, Pretoria for R78 million and 6 909 square metre Elco building in East London for R57 million.

Dipula is acquiring them at a favourable yield.

Tower Mall will be a rural shopping centre anchored by Shoprite, with a high proportion of national tenants.

Petersen explains the acquisition agreement ensures Tower Mall will make positive, sustainable contribution to Dipula’s rental income from the onset.

It is expected to open in the final quarter of 2013.

Any un-let space will be subject to a five year head lease from the seller secured by the retention of part of the purchase price.

Dipula is finalising the acquisition’s financial effects and, until announced, it advises Dipula linked unitholders to exercise caution when dealing in its linked units.

Both office and retail transactions are subject to various conditions, including Competition Authorities approval.

Following this transaction, Dipula’s assets will grow to 189 sectoraly and geographically diverse properties valued at R3.4 billion.

Dipula was formed through the merger of Mergence Africa Property Fund and Dipula Property Fund, two majority black-owned property funds.

Dipula has among the highest black shareholding in the South African listed property sector of around 26 percent and is managed externally by Dipula Asset Management Trust a 100 percent BEE company.

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