M7 Real Estate acquires south Dublin offices for €15m

Investor completes purchase of Nutley and AIG buildings at Merrion Shopping Centre

The Nutley and AIG buildings form part of the wider Merrion Shopping Centre scheme in south Dublin

The Nutley and AIG buildings form part of the wider Merrion Shopping Centre scheme in south Dublin

 

Pan European investor and asset manager M7 Real Estate has paid just under €15 million for two office blocks in south Dublin.

Developed in the late 1980s as part of the wider Merrion Shopping Centre scheme, the Nutley and AIG buildings comprise an overall floor area of 4,016sq m (43,235sq ft) along with 83 undercroft car parking spaces. The subject property is currently generating total rental income of €1,439,932 a year.

The Nutley Building is let to a number of occupiers including Bonkers Money, the Japanese Embassy, the Austrian Embassy and Global Standards while the AIG Building is let to a single tenant with a number of sub leases in place.

While The Irish Times reported that the deal for the two offices was close to being finalised in October 2020, it is understood the proposed transaction was completed only in recent weeks. Commercial real estate consultants Bannon handled the sale. 

Following its latest purchase, M7’s Irish portfolio now comprises 18 assets extending to just under 1,100,000sq ft, primarily in industrial and logistics space.

In October 2020, the company paid about €13.5 million for the long leasehold interest of five fully let units at the Sandyford Business Centre in south Dublin.

The purchase of the portfolio gave it control of five of the scheme’s 10 units along with an associated provision of 200 car parking spaces. The portfolio’s office accommodation covers a combined area of 4,532sq m (48,786sq ft) and is producing annual rental income of €1,192,578 with a weighted average unexpired lease term of 5.8 years, with breaks at 4.6 years.

In August 2020, the company paid €6.25 million for the former Kildare headquarter office and distribution facility of convenience store operator ADM Londis, while in January 2020 it acquired the Primeside Park industrial estate in Dublin for €6.75 million.

The group also controls the Century Business Park in Finglas, which it acquired for €4.47 million in September 2019, and the Westlink industrial estate in Dublin 10, which it bought for €13,870,000 in 2018.

Its first investment here came in 2017 when it bought Fumbally Lane, a combined office and residential development in Dublin 8 which was on the market for €24 million. M7 sold Fumbally Lane to BCP Asset Management in 2018 for €33.5 million, following the completion of a comprehensive asset management programme which enabled the property’s vacancy rate to plummet from 17 per cent to 2 per cent through the addition of 19 new tenants, and its annual rental income grow by €1.14 million.

M7 operates across 14 countries. It manages a portfolio of about 835 retail, office and industrial assets with a value of about €5.1 billion.