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Whitbread PLC announces the sale and leaseback of its 389 room hub by Premier Inn hotel in Kings Cross, London

7 Jul 2016 Financial & business

As announced in April, Whitbread is planning to carry out sale and leaseback transactions this year with proceeds of £100 to £150 million.

As part of this, Whitbread announces today it has exchanged agreements with Legal and General for the sale and leaseback of its 389 room Hub by Premier Inn hotel in Kings Cross, due to open in 2017, in exchange for a 25 year lease agreement.

Legal and General will pay £84.5 million in cash for the property, with an initial payment of £46.5 million on exchange. Further staged payments will be made during the construction period with a final balancing payment being made on completion of the hotel in June 2017.

The total sale price of £84.5 million produces a net initial yield of just under 4% against an annual rent of £3.5 million. 

Nicholas Cadbury, Group Finance Director of Whitbread PLC commented:

“This transaction shows the strength of Whitbread’s covenant and the strong asset backing to our balance sheet as well as our ability to recycle the value we create from our freehold developments into new opportunities.”

For more information please contact:

Investor Relations

Nicholas Cadbury, Whitbread PLC            +44 (0) 20 7806 5491

Joanne Russell, Whitbread PLC                +44 (0) 1582 888633

Press Contacts

Anna Glover, Whitbread PLC                   +44 (0) 7768 917 651

David Allchurch, Tulchan                        +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

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