Norwegian buyer acquires Ulster Bank building on Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Overseas investor pays almost €11,500,000 for landmark on capital’s main street

A Norwegian investor has paid €11,437,000 for a landmark building at 2-4 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, which is let to Ulster Bank on a long-term basis.

The initial yield will be 5.08 per cent after allowing for standard purchasers costs.

DTZ Sherry FitzGerald had been guiding €10,025,000 for the freehold interest in the bank building which has a parent guarantee from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Ulster Bank’s 30-year full repairing and insuring lease dates from December, 2007, and has an unexpired term of 23 years.

The investment is generating a rent of €549,856 per annum.

Unusually the lease is subject to annual rent reviews based on the United Kingdom Retail Price Index (RPI) subject to an annual cap of 3 per cent.

The UK RPI has averaged 3.4 per cent over the past 30 years.

The vendor, British financial services company Legal & General, topped up the rent to €606,938 until the December, 2017, rent review, guaranteeing that the investor can expect a net yield of 5.08 per cent.

Boom-time buy

The 1,130sq m (12,160sq ft) building was last on the market at the height of the property market in 2007, when Ulster Bank sold it on a sale and lease-back basis.

Located on the east side of Lower O’Connell Street, between O’Connell Bridge and Abbey Street, the building comprises two interconnected five-storey over basement period structures.

There is a banking hall on the ground floor, storage and ancillary space at basement level and offices on the upper floors.

Clive Roche of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald acted for the vendor while Michelle McGarry of Colliers International advised the purchaser.

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the former commercial-property editor of The Irish Times