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|Posted on: 07/10/2006|
Profits Up for Lok’nStore
Lok’nStore Group PLC, one of the leading companies in the U.K. self-storage market, announced interim results for the six months ending January 2006. The company operates 21 freehold and leasehold storage centers in the Southeast. Turnover increased by 10.2 percent to £4.28 million. Operating profit rose by 59 percent to £510,975. Profit before tax increased 102 percent. The company opened two new large freehold stores in Hampshire and Kent, adding 16 percent to total capacity. The new facility in Farnborough is Lok’nStore’s first purpose-built site.
Australia’s Storage King Looking at U.K. REIT Potential
Before going public in Australia, Storage King may pursue a listing in Britain, where it has 20 stores, the The Sydney Morning Herald reports. In the United Kingdom, upcoming legislation would allow the creation of real estate investment trusts (REITs), which would suit the group. The size of the U.K. storage market is close to £10 billion and is considered large enough to accommodate a specific storage REIT market. In Australia, storage REITs are unlikely because only two companies dominate the sub-sector, Millers Storage and Storage King. Last year’s sale of 18 Storage King Facilities to Abacus Storage Fund left Storage King founders David Scanlen and Michael Tate to concentrate on managing the remaining 110 independent operators franchised under Storage King in Australia and New Zealand, and the 20 now in Britain.
Alberta Auction Draws 100
In April, 100 people bid on pieces of strangers’ lives once tucked away and forgotten at Sentinel and Discount Self- Storage in Edmonton, Alberta, reports The Edmonton Journal. The items were auctioned off to pay overdue rent for the storage space they filled. “They are not only given ample opportunity to get hold of us, but we try to get hold of them,” said a Sentinel spokesperson.