First Quarter Company Update

26 July 2023


NewRiver REIT plc

("NewRiver" or the "Company")


First Quarter Company Update


Strong operational performance, enhanced balance sheet strength and well positioned for growth


NewRiver will hold its Annual General Meeting ("AGM") at 10:00am today and is providing the following trading update in respect of the first quarter ended 30 June 2023.


Allan Lockhart, Chief Executive, commented: "The excellent operational performance that we delivered in our last financial year has continued into our first quarter with a good leasing performance leading to a further increase in occupancy and a leasing retention rate of nearly 100%. We continue to see strong occupational demand underpinned by a resilient UK consumer.


Our cash position during the quarter increased to £137m driven by disciplined capital recycling and our excellent operational performance further enhancing what we believe to be one of the strongest balance sheets in our sector and a market leading yield gap.


We now have significant growth opportunities available to us - underpinned by our substantial cash holdings and through the expansion of our capital partnerships, driven by our extensive sector expertise. We will allocate our capital wisely as and when attractive opportunities arise; in the meantime we are generating a return on the majority of our cash holdings of 5%."


Strong operational performance and growth in capital partnerships


Completed 177,300 sq ft of leasing, with long-term transactions +13.7% versus the previous rent and in-line with ERV

Occupancy increased to 97.1% vs 96.7% at 31 March 2023 and Retention rate on lease expiry or break increased to 98% during Q1 FY24 (FY23: 92%) reflecting strong occupational demand

FY23 rent collection has now increased to 99% from 98% at the time of full year results in June and Q1 FY24 rent collection is tracking in-line with Q4 FY23

Business rates reductions of 16% across NRR portfolio, benefitting tenants from 1 April 2023

Capital partnership with M&G Real Estate expanded in April with the appointment to manage an additional shopping centre taking total number of assets managed under this arrangement to 16 retail parks and two shopping centres


Profitable capital recycling further enhancing balance sheet strength


In June 2023, completed the disposal of Kittybrewster Retail Park in Aberdeen and Glendoe and Telford Retail Parks in Inverness, the final properties in the Napier Joint Venture, for £62.6 million (NRR share: £31.3 million)

The disposal brings the total sale receipts from Napier to £76.0 million, 26% higher than the price paid when NewRiver acquired the portfolio in June 2019, and delivering an IRR since acquisition of 16%

Cash & cash equivalents increased to £137 million from £111 million at 31 March 2023 and net debt reduced to £164 million from £201 million at 31 March 2023

LTV as at 30 June 2023 of 29.1% (using March 2023 portfolio valuation) reduced from 33.9% at 31 March 2023 following Napier disposal

Currently considering opportunities to allocate capital and in the meantime now generating a return on the majority of cash holdings of 5%

Fully unsecured balance sheet with interest rate fixed at 3.5% on drawn debt and no maturity on drawn debt until March 2028


For further information


NewRiver REIT plc

+44 (0)20 3328 5800

Allan Lockhart (Chief Executive)

Will Hobman (Chief Financial Officer)

Lucy Mitchell (Communications & Investor Relations)




FGS Global

+44 (0)20 7251 3801

Gordon Simpson

James Thompson




About NewRiver


NewRiver REIT plc ('NewRiver') is a leading Real Estate Investment Trust specialising in buying, managing and developing resilient retail assets throughout the UK.


Our £0.6 billion UK wide portfolio covers 7 million sq ft and comprises 26 community shopping centres and 12 conveniently located retail parks occupied by tenants predominately focused on essential goods and services. Our objective is to own and manage the most resilient retail portfolio in the UK, focused on retail parks, core shopping centres, and regeneration opportunities in order to deliver long-term attractive recurring income returns and capital growth for our shareholders.


NewRiver has a Premium Listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: NRR). Visit for further information.


LEI Number: 2138004GX1VAUMH66L31



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