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The British Land Company PLC Valuation as at 31 March 2013 The Directors The British Land Company PLC York House 45 Seymour Street London W1H 7LX 13 May 2013 Dear Sirs The British Land Company PLC Valuation
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The British Land Company PLC Valuation as at 31 March 2013 The Directors The British Land Company PLC York House 45 Seymour Street London W1H 7LX 13 May 2013 Dear Sirs The British Land Company PLC Valuation as at 31 March Basis of Instruction 1.1 In accordance with the terms of our appointment as External Valuers to The British Land Company PLC, we have valued the freehold and leasehold properties detailed below, as at 31 March 2013, for balance sheet purposes and inclusion in your financial accounts. The properties are predominantly held for investment and in some instances held for development or in the course of development or occupied by the company. 1.2 We have included within this Report those properties held by way of Joint Ventures or through Limited Partnership arrangements. 1.3 These valuations have been prepared in accordance with the RICS Valuation Professional Standards (March 2012) Global and UK edition ( the Red Book ), issued by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2.0 Compliance and Independence 2.1 We can confirm that: Knight Frank LLP is appointed by The British Land Company PLC as External Valuers, as defined by the RICS Valuation Professional Standards (March 2012) Global and UK edition. Knight Frank LLP was appointed in the role as valuer in September These valuations have been undertaken under the overall supervision of the joint signatories, who are responsible for this instruction. T F Baker Street London W1U 8AN KnightFrank.co.uk Knight Frank LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England with registered number OC Our registered office is 55 Baker Street London W1U 8AN where you may look at a list of members' names. In relation to Knight Frank LLP s preceding financial year, the proportion of the total fees paid by The British Land Company PLC ( the Company ) and its joint venture partners to the total fee income of Knight Frank LLP was substantially less than 5%. We recognise and support the RICS Rules of Conduct and have established procedures for identifying conflicts of interest. The valuers, on behalf of Knight Frank LLP, with the responsibility for this report are Rupert Johnson BSc FRICS (signatory since September 2005) and Guy Schiess MA MRICS (signatory since March 2012). Parts of the valuation have been undertaken by additional valuers. We confirm that the valuers and additional valuers collectively meet the requirements of RICS Valuation - Professional Standards (March 2012) Global and UK edition, VS 1.6 having sufficient current knowledge of the particular market and the skills and understanding to undertake the valuations competently. 3.0 Valuation 3.1 The Properties have been valued on the basis of Fair Value in accordance with the RICS Valuation Professional Standards (March 2012) Global and UK edition. This is an internationally recognised basis and is defined as: The price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Fair Value, for the purposes of financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards is effectively the same as Market Value, which is defined as: The estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm s length transaction after proper marketing and where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion. 3.2 No allowance has been made for expenses of realisation or for any taxation which might arise, and our valuations are expressed exclusive of any Value Added Tax that may become chargeable. 3.3 Our valuations reflect usual deductions in respect of purchaser s costs and, in particular, full liability for UK Stamp Duty as applicable at the valuation date. 3.4 The properties have been valued individually and not as part of a portfolio. 3.5 We confirm we have valued each property on a 100% ownership basis and have reported the mathematically apportioned value where appropriate, reflecting the percentage held by the Company (or its subsidiaries). No account has been taken of any premium or discount to reflect any corporate structure or tax implications which may arise from the ownership structure of any of the Properties. Prepared on behalf of The British Land Company PLC 2 3.6 We are of the opinion that the aggregate Fair Values of your interests in the properties (including apportioned values where appropriate according to company ownership), as at 31 March 2013 (the measurement date), was 7,722,594,520 (Seven Billion, Seven Hundred and Twenty Two Million, Five Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty Pounds). The valuations are categorised as follows: Freehold Long Leasehold Short Leasehold Total Value A) Held as 6,121,834, ,580,000 1,000,000 6,867,414,520 investments / owner occupied B) Held for 205,150, ,150,000 development C) In the course of 458,030, ,000, ,030,000 development Total Value 6,785,014, ,580,000 1,000,000 7,722,594,520 We confirm that the Fair Value reported above for the purposes of financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards is effectively the same as Market Value. 3.7 Certain properties are held on very long leases, for terms of approximately 999 years at fixed peppercorn or nominal rents. For categorisation purposes these have been included in the freehold categories. Short leasehold properties are classified as having less than 50 years unexpired. 3.8 The Valuer s opinion of Market Values was primarily derived using recent market transactions on arm s length terms, where available. 4.0 Valuation Procedures and Assumptions 4.1 The properties were inspected during the last twelve months. 4.2 As agreed, our valuations are based on measurements which have been provided by the Company and which were carried out in accordance with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Code of Measuring Practice. In some cases the areas provided are as agreed with the tenants following rent review or letting. 4.3 Our valuations assume that the properties have good and marketable titles and are free of any undisclosed onerous burdens, outgoings or restrictions. We have not seen planning consents and, except where advised to the contrary, have assumed that the properties have been erected and are being occupied and used in accordance with all requisite consents and that there are no outstanding statutory notices. Prepared on behalf of The British Land Company PLC 3 As stated in our General Terms of Business for Valuations, we do not undertake searches or inspections of any kind (including web based searches) for title or price paid information in any publicly available land registers, including the Land Registry for England & Wales, Registers of Scotland and Land & Property Services in Northern Ireland. 4.4 We have not read all documents of title or leases and, for the purpose of our valuations, have accepted the details of tenure, tenancies and all other relevant information with which we have been supplied by the Company. When considering the covenant strength of individual tenants we have not carried out credit enquiries but have reflected in our valuations our general understanding of purchasers likely perceptions of tenants financial status. We have, in addition, discussed with the Company any bad debts or material arrears of rent and have considered this information in arriving at our valuations. 4.5 We were not instructed to carry out structural surveys of the properties, nor to test the services, but have reflected in our valuations, where necessary, any defects, items of disrepair or outstanding works of alteration or improvement which we noted during the course of our inspections or of which we have been advised. Our valuations assume the buildings contain no deleterious materials and that the sites are unaffected by adverse soil conditions, except where we have been notified to the contrary. 4.6 We have not carried out any investigation into past or present uses of either the properties or any neighbouring land to establish whether there is any potential for contamination from these uses or sites to the subject properties. We understand that the Company has established procedures for the inspection of newly acquired properties to be carried out with particular reference to environmental matters, and that any such matters identified receive appropriate attention. Unless we have been provided with information to the contrary, we have assumed that the properties are not, nor are likely to be, affected by land contamination and that there are no ground conditions which would affect the present or future uses of the properties. 4.7 Our valuations assume that the properties would, in all respects, be insurable against all usual risks including terrorism, flooding and rising water table at normal, commercially acceptable premiums. 4.8 For properties in the course of development, we have reflected the stage reached in construction and the costs remaining to be spent at the date of valuation. We have had regard to the contractual liabilities of the parties involved in the developments and any cost estimates that have been provided by professional advisors to the projects. For recently completed developments we have taken no account of any retentions, nor made allowance for any outstanding development costs, fees, or other development expenditure for which there may be a liability. In terms of development profit payable to a third party, we have taken this into account in our valuation in those situations where it can be quantified. 5.0 General Conditions 5.1 This Report and our valuations therein have been prepared on the basis that there has been full disclosure of all relevant information and facts which may affect them. Prepared on behalf of The British Land Company PLC 4 5.2 Our report and valuation is for the use only of the party to whom it is addressed and no responsibility is accepted to any third party for the whole or any part of its contents. If our opinion of value is disclosed to persons other than the addressees of this report, the basis of valuation should be stated. Neither the whole or any part of the valuation report nor any reference thereto may be included in any published document, circular or statement nor published in any way whatsoever whether in hard copy or electronically (including on any web site) without our prior written approval of the form and context in which it may appear. Yours faithfully R J S Johnson BSc FRICS Partner, Valuations For and on behalf of Knight Frank LLP Guy Schiess MA MRICS Partner, Valuations For and on behalf of Knight Frank LLP Prepared on behalf of The British Land Company PLC 5 Appendix I General Terms of Business for Valuations General Terms of Business for Valuations These General Terms of Business comprise a part of our Terms of Engagement. The following General Terms of Business apply to all valuations and appraisals undertaken by Knight Frank LLP unless specifically agreed otherwise in confirming instructions and so stated within the main body of the valuation report. 1. Knight Frank Knight Frank LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership with registered number OC This is a corporate body which has Members and not Partners. Any representative of Knight Frank LLP described as Partner is either a Member or an Employee of Knight Frank LLP and is not a Partner in a Partnership. The term Partner has been retained because it is an accepted way of referring to senior professionals. Our VAT registration number is The details of our professional indemnity insurance specified in the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 will be provided to you on request by Natalie Vacher, Partner Secretariat & Pensions. 2. Jurisdiction English law shall apply in every respect in relation to the valuation and the agreement with the client which shall be deemed to have been made in England. In the event of a dispute arising in connection with a valuation, unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing by Knight Frank LLP, the client, and any third party using the valuation, will submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts only. This will apply wherever the property or the client is located or the advice is provided. 3. Limitations on Liability 3.1 Our valuation is confidential to the party to whom it is addressed for the stated purpose and no liability is accepted to any third party for the whole or any part of its contents. Liability will not subsequently be extended to any other party save on the basis of written and agreed instructions; this will incur an additional fee. Except as set out in 3.2 below the terms of the agreement between Knight Frank LLP and the client are not enforceable by any third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act No claim arising out of or in connection with this agreement may be brought against any member, employee, partner or consultant of Knight Frank LLP (each called a Knight Frank Person ). Those individuals will not have a personal duty of care to the client or any other party and any such claim for losses must be brought against Knight Frank LLP. Any Knight Frank Person may enforce this clause under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 but the terms of our agreement may be varied by agreement between the client and Knight Frank LLP at any time without the need for any Knight Frank Person to consent. 3.3 Our maximum total liability for any direct loss or damage whether caused by our negligence or breach of contract or otherwise is limited to the higher of 1 million or fifty times Knight Frank LLP's fee under the instruction set out in the letter of engagement which will be sent to the client. 3.4 We do not accept liability for any indirect or consequential loss (such as loss of profits). Nothing in these Terms of Business (or in our letter of engagement) shall exclude or limit our liability in respect of fraud or for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for any other liability to the extent that such liability may not be excluded or limited as a matter of law. 4. Disclosure and Publication If our opinion of value is disclosed to persons other than the addressees of our report, the basis of valuation should be stated. Neither the whole or any part of the valuation report nor any reference thereto may be included in any published document, circular or statement nor published in any way whatsoever whether in hard copy or electronically (including on any web-site) without our prior written approval of the form and context in which it may appear. 5. Complaints Procedure If you have any concerns about our service, please raise them in the first instance with the valuer concerned. If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution, please contact the relevant Head of Department. As required by RICS, we will send you a copy of our Complaints Procedure on request. 6. Our Fees 6.1 If any invoice remains unpaid after the date on which it is due to be paid, we reserve the right to charge interest, calculated daily, from the date when payment was due until payment is made at 4% above the then prevailing bank base rate of National Westminster Bank PLC or (if higher) at the rate provided for under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 and its regulations (if applicable). If we should find it necessary to use legal representatives or collection agents to recover monies due, you will be required to pay all costs and disbursements so incurred. 6.2 If before the valuation is concluded:- (a) you end this instruction, we will charge abortive fees; or (b) you delay the instruction by more than [1] month or materially alter the instruction so that additional work is required at any stage we will charge additional fees, And in each case such fees will be calculated on the basis of reasonable time and expenses incurred. 6.3 Where the valuation is for loan security purposes, and we agree to accept payment of our fee from the borrower, the fee remains due from yourselves until payment is received by us. Additionally, payment of our fee is not conditional upon the loan being drawn down or any conditions of the loan being met. 7. Disclosable Interests We may offer the following services to prospective purchasers and similarly the services may be offered to them by another organisation in circumstances where we may benefit financially: financial services, property letting and management services, building construction, refurbishment and maintenance services and the sale of the prospective purchaser s property. 8. RICS Valuation Professional Standards The Red Book Valuations and appraisals will be carried out in accordance with the relevant edition of the RICS Valuation - Professional Standards by valuers who conform to its requirements and with regard to relevant statutes or regulations. Compliance with The Red Book is mandatory for Chartered Surveyors in the interests of maintaining high standards of service and for the protection of clients. 9. Regulation and Monitoring Knight Frank LLP is registered for regulation in the UK by RICS. The valuation may be subject to monitoring under the RICS conduct and disciplinary regulations. 10. Valuation Basis Valuations and appraisals are carried out on a basis appropriate to the purpose for which they are intended and in accordance with the relevant definitions, commentary and assumptions contained in The Red Book. The basis of valuation will be agreed with you in the letter covering the specific terms for the instruction. 11. Portfolios Where requested to value a portfolio, unless specifically agreed with you otherwise, we will value the individual properties separately, upon the assumption that the properties have been marketed in an orderly manner. 12. Land Register Inspection and Searches We do not undertake searches or inspections of any kind (including web based searches) for title or price paid information in any publicly available land registers, including the Land Registry for England & Wales, Registers of Scotland and Land & Property Services in Northern Ireland. 13. Title and Burdens We do not read documents of title although, where provided, we consider and take account of matters referred to in solicitor s reports or certificates of title. We would normally assume, unless specifically informed and stated otherwise, that each property has good and marketable title and that all documentation is satisfactorily drawn and that there are no unusual outgoings, planning proposals, onerous restrictions or local authority intentions which affect the property, nor any material litigation pending. 14. Disposal Costs and Liabilities No allowance is made in our valuation for expenses of realisation or for taxation which may arise in the event of a disposal and our valuation is expressed as exclusive of any VAT that may become chargeable. Properties are valued disregarding any mortgages or other charges. 15. Sources of Information We rely upon the information provided to us, by the sources listed, as to details of tenure and tenancies (subject to 'Leases' below), planning consents and other relevant matters, as summarised in our report. We assume that this information is complete and correct. 16. Identity of Property to be Valued We will exercise reasonable care and skill (but will not have an absolute obligation to you) to ensure that the property, identified by the property address in your instructions, is the property inspected by us and contained within our valuation report. If there is ambiguity as to the property address, or the extent of the property to be valued, this should be drawn to our attention in your instructions or immediately upon receipt of our report. 17. Boundaries Plans accompanying reports are for identification purposes only and should not be relied upon to define boundaries, title or easements.
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