Aviva Investors has provided £105m (€124m) of refinancing to Equites Property Fund, a South Africa-based logistics real estate investment trust.

Aviva Investors, which is making investment on behalf of Aviva UK Life’s annuity business, said the loan is secured against a portfolio of five regional distribution assets across the UK.

The funding will be used by Equites to refinance the development of Colossus, a 340,000sqft distribution hub near Barnsley, for delivery company Evri.

As part of the agreement, Aviva Investors said it has increased its existing facility with Equites, which was completed in December 2019, and extended the loan term to 2032.

Gregor Bamert, the head of real estate debt at Aviva Investors, said: “Against a backdrop of changing dynamics, the close cooperation between Equites and its tenants together with the high quality of its portfolio, provide an attractive financing opportunity. We are delighted to continue to support Equites and the growth of its UK portfolio.”

Warren Douglas, treasurer and head of risk management at Equites Property Fund, said: “Having received strong support from Aviva Investors for many years, Equites welcomed the opportunity to refinance for a further ten years in a challenging economic environment, thereby enabling us to expand our portfolio of high-quality logistics assets in the UK and continue to deliver long-term sustainable shareholder value as we maintain our goal to become a globally relevant REIT.”

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