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Drum Income Plus REIT PLC

23 April 2021

Drum Income Plus REIT plc

("Drum" or the "Company")

Unaudited Net Asset Value as at 31 March 2021

Drum Income Plus REIT plc (LSE: DRIP) announces its unaudited net asset value ("NAV") as at 31 March 2021.


Period from 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021

   --           The NAV is GBP26.34m at 31 March 2021.  (31 December 2020 GBP28.15m). 
   --           The independent valuation of the property portfolio as at 31 March 2021 was GBP48.825m 

(31 December 2020: GBP50.75m).

   --           NAV per share at 31 March 2021 of 68.97p (31 December 2020 of 73.67p). 

-- Earnings per share (excluding revaluation gains and losses on fair value of investments) for three months ended 31 March were 1.10p.

   --           Dividend paid during the quarter of 0.75p. 
   --           NAV total return (NAV movement) of -5%. 


The Company aims to provide shareholders with a regular dividend income plus the prospect of income and capital growth over the longer term. The Company invests in smaller UK commercial properties, principally in the office, retail (including retail warehouses) and industrial sectors, which have the potential to offer a secure income stream, to create value through active asset management and have strong prospects for future income and capital growth.

Unaudited NAV (As at 31 March 2021)

                                   GBPm  Pence per Share 
Unaudited NAV as at 31 December 
 2020                             28.15            73.67 
Property portfolio valuation 
 movement                         -1.93            -5.04 
Capitalised costs                 -0.03            -0.08 
Rent free debtor movement          0.02             0.06 
Income earned for the period       0.90             2.35 
Expenses for the period           -0.47            -1.23 
Provision for bad debt             0.11             0.29 
Interest paid                     -0.12            -0.30 
Dividend paid                     -0.29            -0.75 
Unaudited NAV as at 31 March 
 2021                             26.34            68.97 
--------------------------------  -----  --------------- 

The NAV has been calculated in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and incorporates the independent portfolio valuation as at 31 March 2021 and income for the period. The earnings per share for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 (excluding revaluation gains and losses on fair value of investments and expenses charged to capital) were 1.10p.

Dividend Policy

A dividend per share of 0.75p per share has therefore been declared for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 6 May 2021 and the record date will be 7 May 2021. The dividend will be paid on or around 27(th) May 2021. The dividend level will continue to be monitored quarterly and it is possible that it could increase should cash collection and tenant occupancy improve.

The Board acknowledges the importance of income for shareholders, and its objective remains paying dividends broadly linked to net rental receipts that do not inhibit the flexibility of the Company's investment strategy. In addition, the Board has the objective to declare dividends at a level required to maintain REIT status, being a minimum of 90% of tax-exempt income profits.

Current Portfolio

                           Dec-20                            Mar-21 
 Location            Value         % Weighting        Value         % Weighting 
 North East     GBP13,250,000.00        26.11%   GBP12,175,000.00        24.94% 
 Scotland       GBP19,550,000.00        38.52%   GBP19,350,000.00        39.63% 
 North West     GBP15,200,000.00        29.95%   GBP14,800,000.00        30.31% 
 South West      GBP2,750,000.00         5.42%    GBP2,500,000.00         5.12% 
              ------------------                ----------------- 
                GBP50,750,000.00       100.00%   GBP48,825,000.00       100.00% 
 -------------------------------                ----------------- 
 Sector                    Value   % Weighting              Value   % Weighting 
 Office         GBP26,350,000.00        51.92%   GBP25,825,000.00        52.89% 
  Centre        GBP11,000,000.00        21.67%   GBP10,000,000.00        20.48% 
 Retail         GBP11,950,000.00        23.55%   GBP11,500,000.00        23.55% 
 Industrial      GBP1,450,000.00         2.86%    GBP1,500,000.00         3.07% 
              ------------------                ----------------- 
                GBP50,750,000.00       100.00%   GBP48,825,000.00       100.00% 
 -------------------------------                ----------------- 

The properties were valued at GBP48,825,000 as at 31 March 2021 (31 December 2020: GBP50,750,000) by Savills (UK) Limited ('Savills'), in their capacity as external valuers and were adjusted for lease incentives of GBP1,460,011. (31 December 2020: GBP1,484,056). Capitalised costs for the quarter were GBP31,024 (31 December 2020: GBP56,116).

 Key KPIs 
                      Dec-20    Mar-21 
                    --------  -------- 
 Total Number of 
  Units                  100       100 
 Total Number of 
  Tenants                 85        84 
 Total SQFT          336,303   336,303 
 Vacancy (% SQFT)     11.30%    12.80% 
 Vacancy (% ERV)      13.60%    13.40% 
 WAULT (Expiry)         4.79      4.57 
 WAULT (Breaks)         3.68      3.75 
                    --------  -------- 

Differentiated Investment Strategy

   --      Target lot sizes of GBP2m - GBP15m in regional locations. 
   --      Sector agnostic - opportunity driven. 
   --      Entrepreneurial asset management. 
   --      Risk-controlled development. 

Portfolio Attributes

In the context of the market uncertainty, the Board believes it is helpful to shareholders to highlight some key attributes of the Company's property portfolio:

   --           The Company has no exposure to Central London markets. 
   --           The weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) to expiry is 4.57 years. 
   --           The portfolio yield is 6% (based on 31 March 2021 valuation). 
   --           The occupancy rate is high at 86.6% by ERV. 

-- Gearing - the loan-to-value ratio is in line with the stated intended target range of 40% - 50%.

   --           Further asset management angles to exploit. 

Asset Management Overview and Update

Duloch Park, Dunfermline

Re-gear successfully documented with Indigo Sun for a period of 5 years. The transaction takes account of arrears built up during the initial lockdown period.

Monteith House, Glasgow

Following completion of the new lease to SDS the tenant has confirmed that it will now undertake an extensive refurbishment of the building.

Mayflower House, Gateshead

Following completion of the refurbishment to the vacant suite Knight Frank have been instructed to market the suite.

Eastern Avenue Gloucester

We received notification of the planning hearing date in December for February 2021. The hearing was subsequently moved to the end of March due to the pandemic. If the appeal is successful, this will have significant benefit to the portfolio given the pre-let to Home Bargains which is contracted.

Arthur House, Manchester

Successful removal of break dates within the lease with IJ Tours in lieu of rent arrears being written off.

3 Lochside Way, Edinburgh

Following the departure of Exception and Cash Generator both suites are now actively being marketed by JLL and Knight Frank.


Drum Real Estate Investment Management (Investment Manager) 
Bryan Sherriff                                                0131 285 0050 
                                                              0207 894 7719 
Dickson Minto W.S. (Sponsor) 
Douglas Armstrong                                             020 7649 6823 
Weber Shandwick (Financial PR) 
Nick Oborne                                                   020 7067 0721 

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