Drum Income Plus REIT

Company Update and Strategic Review
RNS Number : 2591R
Drum Income Plus REIT PLC
05 March 2021
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION AS STIPULATED UNDER THE MARKET

ABUSE REGULATION (EU NO. 596/2014) WHICH IS PART OF UK LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018.

 

5 March  2021

 

DRUM INCOME PLUS REIT PLC

 

LEI: 213800FG3PJGQ3KQH756

 

Company update and strategic review

The Board is pleased to report that the Group's property portfolio continues to perform well notwithstanding  current market conditions. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic the Group has collected in excess of 90% of the rent due and has completed certain asset management initiatives.  Whilst the UK commercial property market and the Group's portfolio continue to face challenges, the recent progress in the vaccine roll-out and the anticipated lifting of the current lockdown does give reason for optimism and the Board and the investment manager expect to see returns on commercial property continue to improve.

However, since the Company's launch in 2015, the Group has failed to reach a scale that makes its shares attractive to a wider group of investors. This has created challenges in generating any meaningful liquidity in the shares and they continue to trade at a significant discount to their net asset value. Notwithstanding the recent optimism regarding the relaxation of lock down later this year, the Board sees no short or medium term prospects that the Company will be able to grow organically.

Accordingly, the Board has resolved to undertake a strategic review to consider the future of the Company, including options to realise the value in the Group's property portfolio.  The Board intends to conclude its strategic review within a few months.

The Board has discussed its proposal with its investment manager and largest shareholder who are fully supportive of the Board's approach.

Enquiries:

Hugh Little, Chairman
DRIP.REIT@jtcgroup.com

Graeme Bone
Drum Real Estate Investment Management Ltd

07740653728

 

Douglas Armstrong
Dickson Minto, Sponsor
020 7649 6823

 

 

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