- February auction raises £67.75m
- A success rate to date of 86%
- 21 lots sold at over £1m
- Over £18.3m industrial assets sold at February 11th auction more than the whole of 2019
- Convenience store sector still proving popular with £7m sold, better than 5% in some cases
Allsop had a good start to 2020 at their first commercial auction of the year, raising £67.75m at a success rate of 86% to date.
The February auction at The Berkeley saw 21 lots selling for over £1m, demonstrating buyer appetite for a diverse range of assets, with some of the strongest bidding for the larger industrial lots.
£18.3m of industrial investments was sold on the day, more than the whole of 2019 and the tremendous demand saw private investors and publicly listed buyers bid competitively against each other. One portfolio of seven lots achieved over £1m ahead of their combined reserves.
The largest lot sold was Lot 80 in Warrington, a multi-let industrial estate which sold at £3.675m (7% NIY and £102psft) which set a new level for industrial sales in the auction room.
Another industrial highlight auction was Lot 74 in Huddersfield, a single-let investment which sold a £2.3m (6.95% NIY and £65.5psft).
Demand was clear for the best retail investments; one of the biggest lots was Lot 22 in Ashford, a long let B&M store, achieved £2.625m (6.8%).
As ever the Convenience store sector proved very popular, with £7m sold at yields down to below 5% in some cases.
George Walker, Partner and Auctioneer commented: “This first sale of the year was always going to be a test of the “Boris Bounce” factor and we were not disappointed, the room was busy. It was very interesting to witness the huge demand for secondary multi-let industrial assets, where buyers are betting on rental growth through asset management. These lots saw several new buyers experience the auction room and go home with their contracts. We look forward to a further pick up as confidence continues to improve”.