Palace Capital is a UK property investment company. It is not sector-specific and looks for opportunities where it can enhance long-term income and capital value through asset management and strategic capital development in locations outside London.
Results for the year to 31 March will be released in June. Since the interims, Palace has acquired a quality, mostly office, building in the heart of Liverpool for c £14m, substantially redeploying the proceeds from the agreed £18.2m sale of lower yielding non-core residential assets acquired with the RT Warren portfolio last year. It has also arranged £26.5m in development debt financing and signed a £35m construction contract for the Hudson Quarter development in York, which is expected to complete in early 2021. In H119 the company continued to deliver income and capital growth, generating a NAV total return of 4.0% in the period, although adjusted EPS (7.7p) and dividend cover (84%) were depressed by cash drag from the October 2017 capital raise. H119 reversionary income potential was £2.7m pa, while further opportunities reposition and grow the portfolio, including the Hudson Quarter development in York, and are positive indicators for future growth.
The supply demand balance for regional office and industrial property remains generally firm, and a positive yield spread between the regions and London offers potential for further narrowing. Parts of the retail sector are displaying clear signs of stress.