Network Rail appoints advisors to review portfolio

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 | BUSINESS SALE

Network Rail has appointed advisors from Rothschild to review its extensive portfolio of commercial property, The Independent reported.

The company is a landlord to more than 7,000 small and medium-sized businesses, which collectively paid Network Rail some £266 million in rent in 2014.

Included in this group are businesses ranging from nightclubs to scrap metal merchants and the majority are located under railway arches across the country.

An estimated valuation of the total portfolio reckons that the company should be able to generate at least £1 billion if it sold all the land and property.

An industry source told the paper that Rothschild's bankers are aiming to look at the ways in which the state-backed firm can “maximise value” from the sale. A number of separate sales are expected to be one of the most profitable options.

Rothschild bankers were actually appointed three weeks ago on the quiet. Another banking source told the Independent: “Valuing 7,000 parcels of land is quite a lot of work and will be quite difficult. The political pressure is such that Network Rail needs to see what can be sold. They will want Rothschild to get that stuff under the hammer quickly.”

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