Unite Group issues USAF, LSAV valuation update

Unite Students announces the quarterly property valuation of the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF) and the London Student Accommodation Joint Venture (LSAV) as at 30 September 2016.

At 30 September 2016, USAF's property portfolio was independently valued at £2,264 million representing a like-for-like increase of 1.0% during the quarter.

The portfolio comprises 27,441 beds in 76 properties across 24 University towns and cities in the UK following the acquisition of Gosford Gate in Coventry and Greetham Street in Portsmouth in September from Unite under the pipeline agreement.

LSAV's investment portfolio was independently valued at £995 million, up 0.5% on a like-for-like basis in the quarter.

Following the practical completion of the 862 bed Stapleton House development in Islington and the 699 bed Olympic Way development in Wembley, LSAV's investment portfolio now comprises 6,197 beds across 14 properties in London and three properties in Edinburgh.

The increase in like-for-like valuations is driven by rental growth in the quarter. Valuation yields have remained stable and the USAF portfolio is now valued at an average yield of 5.6% and LSAV's portfolio at 4.9%.