Drum Income Plus REIT
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5 March 2021
DRUM INCOME PLUS REIT PLC
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.
Hugh Little, Chairman
Drum Real Estate Investment Management Ltd
Dickson Minto, Sponsor
020 7649 6823
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