GNL Global Net Lease
GLOBAL NET LEASE to acquire mclaren Group Headquarters
in £170 million, 20-year sale-leaseback
NEW YORK – April 20, 2021 – Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) (“GNL” or the “Company”) announced today1 that the Company has agreed to acquire a three property office and industrial campus in Woking, Surrey, England that serves as the world headquarters for McLaren’s Automotive, Racing, and Applied divisions (the “McLaren Group Headquarters”). The contract purchase price for the combined 840,000 square foot campus is £170 million with a 20-year, NNN lease. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
“We are excited to announce that this world-class facility will become part of the GNL portfolio,” said James Nelson, CEO of GNL “The McLaren Group Headquarters’ state of the art buildings have won numerous awards, were designed by renowned architect Norman Foster, and are the type of mission-critical, net-leased properties that make up the GNL portfolio. We are very pleased to have been able to collaborate and work with the management team of the McLaren Group to effect this transaction. We look forward to the long-term partnership with McLaren and the benefits this transaction will have to GNL. The acquisition exemplifies GNL’s ability to source large scale and accretive sale-leaseback opportunities in a competitive marketplace that add significant value to our overall portfolio. We believe our global presence as a leading net lease REIT will continue to provide attractive acquisition opportunities that complement our best-in-class portfolio.”
About the McLaren Group Headquarters
The McLaren Technology Center is a campus in Woking, Surrey, England which includes the McLaren Technology Centre, McLaren Production Centre and McLaren Thought Leadership Centre. The award-winning campus was designed by world-renowned architects, Foster & Partners, has easy access to Central London and Heathrow Airport, and hosts approximately 1,000 workers. The Technology Centre is home to the McLaren Formula One constructor. The campus has many environmentally conscious features. In 2010, the campus, which includes several lakes which assist in cooling efforts, earned Carbon Trust Standard certification from the Carbon Trust. The buildings have self-cleaning roofs that use a high-pressure drainage system to collect rainwater which is then used to refill the lake. In 2011 McLaren Racing was announced as the first ever carbon neutral team in Formula 1. The firm has also planted more than 100,000 trees at the site and created a wildlife sanctuary for otters and kingfishers.
About Global Net Lease, Inc.
Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE focused on acquiring a diversified global portfolio of commercial properties, with an emphasis on sale-leaseback transactions involving single tenant, mission critical income producing net-leased assets across the United States, Western and Northern Europe. Additional information about GNL can be found on its website at www.globalnetlease.com.
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1.This acquisition is part of GNL's previously disclosed acquisition pipeline.
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