Confirmation of REIT status

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Limited (the 'Company') Confirmation of REIT status Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust (the 'Company')is pleased to announce that 96.5% of voting shareholders voted in favour of the special resolution to convert to Real Estate Investment Trust ('REIT') status. Following this support from shareholders, the Company is to enter the REIT regime on or around 1 May 2015. In its existing structure as a London listed and Guernsey domiciled investment trust, the Company had delivered a strong track record of providing investors with an attractive level of income together with the potential for future long-term income and capital growth through investing predominantly in UK commercial real estate markets. As a UK-REIT the Company therefore expects to: - Reduce the overall burden of UK taxation and increase the net income and overall profitability of the Company; - Benefit most shareholders' potential returns, as UK-REIT qualifying assets will be largely exempt from corporation tax in the UK on both rental profits and chargeable gains; - Improve liquidity as a result of being available to a broader investor base than was previously possible; and - Improve the Company's ability to be agile and consequently more competitive when acquiring assets in corporate structures in the UK by removing Capital Gains Tax liabilities. Commenting, Lorraine Baldry, Chairman of the Board, said: "As a UK-REIT we will offer a tax efficient structure enabling the Company to distribute optimal returns for shareholders as well as potentially enhancing the liquidity of our shares. Against the backdrop of a growing UK economy, lower inflation and low interest rates, and with a strong and diversified portfolio which already offers considerable opportunity to add value, the Company is well positioned for future growth as it continues the successful execution of its investment strategy." Duncan Owen, Global Head of Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited, added: "Schroder REIT has generated competitive returns for shareholders through active investment and subsequent asset management alongside the refinancing of its debt at a materially lower cost with long term and stable senior loans. The conversion to an onshore REIT will now better enable us to continue to drive returns in the future environment. We look forward to continuing to deliver performance for our shareholders as we benefit from lower tax costs and greater operational flexibility within the UK real estate market. -ENDS- For further information: Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited: 020 7658 6000 Duncan Owen / Nick Montgomery J.P. Morgan Cazenove: 020 7742 4000 William Simmonds Numis Securities: 020 7260 1000 David Benda Northern Trust: 01481 745529 David Sauvarin FTI Consulting: 020 3727 1000 Dido Laurimore / Ellie Sweeney
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