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blme.jpgUK-based Bank of London and the Middle East (BLME) has acquired a third logistics asset in northwest England for a fund aimed at Middle East investors looking to diversify outside London prime - according to Investments and Pensions Europe Magazine.

Bank of London and The Middle East, the London based wholesale Sharia'a compliant bank, had announced the launch of its Light Industrial Building Fund (LIBF), a Sharia'a compliant UK real estate fund last year.

Bank of London and The Middle East is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINX41

Details about the fund's initial lunch follows

May 22 - 2011 Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME), the London based wholesale Sharia'a compliant bank whose main shareholders are Boubyan Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, announced the launch of its Light Industrial Building Fund (LIBF), a Sharia'a compliant UK real estate fund which invests in sustainable property assets.

The LIBF, which targets institutional investors, invests in carefully selected light industrial buildings across the UK. The target cash on cash yield is 8% to 10% per annum, with quarterly cash dividends paid to investors.

Target IRR (Internal Rate of Return) is 15% for the five-year duration of this closed ended fund. The target close for the fund is between £50m and £100m in equity, which will be leveraged to create a portfolio of up to £200m of assets.

"As the UK economy recovers, we anticipate an increasing number of SMEs operating new businesses from industrial estates," commented Derek Weist, Director - Asset Management at BLME. "Pricing in this sector is considered attractive with high yields available on many types of industrial property assets. In addition, the highly diversified mix of tenants, by industry and geography, and strengthening occupier demand supports the prospect for rental growth in future, which can provide a strong positive cashflow for private client and institutional investors."

The UK multi-let light industrial building sector currently covers over £30bn of properties, located in approximately 6,000 industrial estates across the UK. These are typically low technology, low obsolescence buildings constructed of concrete, brick or steel, and are used for light manufacturing, assembly, storage, warehousing and distribution activities.

Nigel Denison, Head of Asset Management for BLME, said, "This is an exciting opportunity for institutions to invest in a different type of UK property asset in a sector which offers excellent potential and value. The launch of this fund is a result of our ongoing strategy to develop innovative products that offer clients quality assets which provide diversification and competitive returns."

The fund is available to both UK resident and non-UK resident investors. The fund is a compartment of the BLME Sharia'a Umbrella Fund SICAV-SIF, which is domiciled in Luxembourg.
On 18/10/2011 Shari’ah-compliant Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME) has appointed Waleed Al-Omar Kuwait to its senior management team as Director of the MENA region

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