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Response to announcement from Capital & Counties Properties PLC
The Board of Shaftesbury PLC (“Shaftesbury” or the “Company”) notes the announcement this morning by Capital & Counties Properties PLC (“Capco”) of the agreement to acquire a 26.3 per cent. shareholding in Shaftesbury from Veloqx (Jersey) Limited.
The Board looks forward to engaging with Capco as it would with any other shareholder in the Company.
For further information:
Shaftesbury PLC 020 7333 8118
Brian Bickell, Chief Executive
Chris Ward, Finance Director
RMS Partners 020 3735 6551
MHP Communications 020 3128 8100
Oliver Hughes/Reg Hoare
The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement is Desna Martin, Company Secretary.
Notes for Editors
Shaftesbury is a Real Estate Investment Trust which invests exclusively in the liveliest parts of London’s West End. Focused on food, beverage, retail and leisure, our portfolio is clustered mainly in Carnaby, Seven Dials and Chinatown, but also includes substantial ownerships in East and West Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia.
Extending to 15.2 acres, the portfolio comprises 608 restaurants, cafés, pubs and shops, extending to 1.1 million sq. ft., 0.4 million sq. ft. of offices and 613 apartments. All our properties are close to the main West End Underground stations, which currently handle more than 225m passengers p.a., and within ten minutes’ walk of the two West End transport hubs for the Elizabeth Line, at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, which long-term projections indicate could be handling 200 million passengers annually.
In addition, we have a 50% interest in the Longmartin joint venture, which has a long leasehold interest, extending to 1.9 acres, in St Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden.
We have a strong balance sheet with conservative leverage.
Our purpose is to curate vibrant and thriving villages in the heart of London’s West End. Our proven management strategy is to create and foster distinctive, attractive and prosperous locations. We have an experienced management team focused on delivering our long-term strategic objectives, ultimately to deliver a positive, long-lasting contribution to the West End.
We have five core values that are fundamental to our behaviour, decision making and the delivery both of our purpose and strategic objectives: being human in how we operate, original in how we nurture talent and think, community minded in our approach to the West End, being responsible and long term in our approach to everything.
Since 2015, we have supported the UN Global Compact principles of sustainability and, in 2019, we integrated the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our sustainability strategy. We have long been committed to operating in a sustainable way. At the core of our sustainability strategy is reusing and improving, rather than redeveloping buildings. In doing so, we extend the useful economic lives of these buildings while preserving the West End’s rich heritage for future generations.
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