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UTG Unite Group Plc

-29.00 (-3.15%)
27 Sep 2023 - Closed
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Unite Group Plc LSE:UTG London Ordinary Share GB0006928617 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -29.00 -3.15% 891.00 888.50 889.50 920.00 884.50 920.00 992,834 16:35:03
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Real Estate Agents & Mgrs 259.3 355.1 88.7 10.1 3,587.00

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Good set results, better than expected. 2.2% yield that should keep growing.
Well results tomorrow folks ...... drum roll
Brookfield Starts $4.7 Billion Student-Dorm Unit Sale -

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is preparing to kick off the sale of one of the U.K.’s largest student-accommodation businesses amid heightened investor demand for such assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

The infrastructure specialist is working with advisers on the disposal of Student Roost, which could be valued at more than 3.5 billion pounds ($4.7 billion), the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. It will send marketing documents to potential suitors imminently and the sale is likely to attract private equity and strategic bidders, including Blackstone Inc. and Unite Group Plc, the people said.

Deliberations are ongoing and no final decisions on the timing of any sale have been made, according to the people. Representatives for Blackstone, Brookfield and Unite declined to comment.

Toronto-based Brookfield entered the U.K. student housing market in 2016 when it bought a portfolio of roughly 5,000 beds from Avenue Capital Group and developed it into what is now Student Roost. The business operates in more than 20 cities across the U.K. and is expected to have about 23,000 beds by the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

A sale of the Student Roost could be the largest deal in the sector since Blackstone Inc. agreed to buy the iQ Student Accommodation business from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and the Wellcome Trust for about $6 billion in 2020.

Student housing continues to be popular among financial investors in the U.K., with the number students vastly outnumbering the rooms available in purpose-built accommodation. The shortage is being exacerbated as international students return to the U.K. amid the removal of pandemic-era hurdles likes lockdowns and quarantines.

Brookfield’s real estate business in Europe managed over $45 billion of assets as of the third-quarter in 2021, having more than doubled in size since 2016. Its overall assets in Europe topped $110 billion last year.

Yes, I was rather confused by the explanation too as one would obviously expect a lower-than-normal yield for something with less risk attached. Perhaps not the best worded rns?!
Thanks Speedsgh, good news and the 7% initial yield on costs is higher than normal - although I'm not sure I understand the explanation?

'which reflects the lower risk associated for a project with planning approval already secured.' I presume it means they secured the land at a price which did not fully reflect the additional cost of taking it through the planning process?

Acquisition of development site in Nottingham -

Unite Students, the UK's leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, has acquired a consented 270-bed development site in Nottingham city centre.

Total development costs for the scheme, which will open for the 2024/25 academic year, are estimated to be £34 million. The direct-let development is expected to deliver a yield on cost of 7%, which reflects the lower risk associated for a project with planning approval already secured.

Unite already owns and manages c.1,900 student accommodation beds in Nottingham with a further 970 beds to be added in the city across the new city centre site and the Company's 700-bed consented development at Derby Road, due for delivery in 2023. The development will increase our presence in Nottingham city centre, adding to Curzon House, which was acquired as part of the Liberty Living portfolio in 2019. The scheme also provides an opportunity to segment our portfolio in the city by creating a more tailored offer for second, third year and postgraduate students.

Nottingham is home to two high-quality universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, serving 64,000 full-time students. Nottingham has seen a 20% increase in students seeking accommodation in recent years, creating a clear need for new high-quality, purpose-built homes.

The newly acquired site is located in a prime location on Lower Parliament Street in the heart of the city centre, close to Nottingham Trent University's campus as well as the University of Nottingham's planned city centre campus development for final-year and postgraduate students.

Nick Hayes, Group Property Director of Unite Students, commented :
"Through this opportunity we are able to cater for the increased number of students wanting to attend the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, both located in a growing regional city. This commitment increases our secured pipeline to over £800 million, its highest ever level, and we continue to see opportunities to add further schemes in London and prime regional markets at attractive returns".

Hi BELtd,

For what is such an extremely resilient business model - it seems that the weather affects the Unite share price looking at the volatility. tbh I am always at a loss to rationalise the share price movements on a short term timeframe.

Essentially, these gyrations provide a good opportunity to pick-up shares at a better price. UTG is recovering strongly and potential Uni deals and current development pipeline will grow the value of the business. This growth trajectory is itself highly resilient and 'guaranteed growth' should command a premium. At some point, but who knows when, this will undoubtedly be reflected in the share price.

Regards, Maddox

Wonder if any private equity is running the slide rules over this? Must look appealing
You would think this offers value at this level..... but who knows the markets
Hi a_game,

I think Covid has been the 'Black Swan' for Unite - but I'd welcome suggestions of other risks to the business - events, circumstances, competitive pressures that might damage the business?

This is certainly a buy and forget stock. You can't go wrong here, unless a black swan appears ;)
Very encouraging update on trading and valuations from Unite this morning. Good news on all fronts - trading, development pipeline and asset values.

Current trading appears to be returning to normal levels despite the continuing Covid situation - which is fantastic news. Looking forward Unite are seeing strong demand for 2022/23 from both domestic and international students. They are not taking any chances on international students and are intending to retain their domestic students. UTG are clearly keen to hit their occupancy targets.

Competition for prime city centre locations is more favourable for Unite in the wake of Covid. So, the pipeline will hopefully be expanded further with some juicy development opportunities.

There is also strong investor demand for student accommodation as an asset class. This is leading to higher valuations and thus acceptance of lower yields - the 'yield compression' mentioned in the rns.

Covid has highlighted the robust demand from young people for the university experience. On-line learning has its obvious advantages but Covid has also revealed its limitations. The 'right of passage' that a degree course at a university represents has been fully stress-tested and has come through strongly.

The future outlook for Unite is looking very positive.

I was just listening to Ricky Gervais having a rant about Covid (and Boris Johnson). He was lamenting the effect of Covid on young people's live - what should be some of 'the best years' of their life'. He said "I didn't go to college to study .... being stuck at home for three years doing things on ZOOM - isn't my idea of a college experience". Yep, very sad.

However, there seems to be light appearing at the end of this long dark tunnel. And, somewhat surprisingly it appears to be Omicron, the latest variant. The evidence is mounting that whilst it spreads like wild-fire it is a significantly less serious infection, especially for those double-vaccinated. Also, as it is displacing the far more dangerous Delta variant it should actually reduce the illness and death. We thus appear to be following South Africa's path quite closely. Their peak of hospitalisation is now past and was c.62% below their Delta peak and Omicron is subsiding as fast as it spread.

I hope and pray that this will be the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and we can look forward to a more normal 2022.

Wishing you all a Happier and prosperous New Year.


Links to Capital Markets Day presentation & webcast available here -
Absolutely Maddox. Feels to me like a short term opportunity to add to holdings.
I think we we have an excellent management team running the business and I was somewhat surprised that they fell a tad short of their occupancy target. However, we've been an exceptionally chaotic situation as a result of Covid and particularly the flip-flopping on travel restrictions. So, understandable in the circumstances. What has been more starkly revealed by Covid - is how robust this sector is. This Covid period will be a blip on the chart in a couple of years time.

Unite are hosting a Capital Markets Day on Tues 19 October which should shed some light on their future strategy. The backdrop is very supportive. The demand for PBSA is running well ahead of supply and a number of Unis have fallen short of their promises to accommodate first-year undergrads. This must provide opportunities for Unite and I'm hoping we'll learn more on this on Tuesday.

Mildly short term disappointing on the rental front, interesting and not a huge concern to me or UTG more to the point. They clearly know how to improve the income. A lot long term dividend yield potential at this level and you could imagine private equity running numbers at this level. Still remains on my buying list
Lack of news I'd imagine. Looking forward to seeing the updated valuation. The rental situation should be very positive
What’s up with this price? Overweight according to the banks… but declining?
Looking weak again. Trading near bottom of longer term rising channel.
UTG being the lead once more. Smart
Covid jitters. I will certainly buy a lot more if this drops.
A-Level results today
A record number of students have received results giving them a first choice confirmed place 395k up 8%. With about another 30k places available through clearing.

Great news
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