Savills plc

11/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/23/2021 10:29

Savills forecast 2022 transaction volumes to reach £4.5 billion, beating 15 year average

ESG considerations will move further up the agenda for operators, developers and investors in 2022 and beyond. Furthermore, Institutional demand for ESG compliant properties could mean the emergence of a yield spread with tighter yields being achieved on ESG assets vs their non-ESG compliant counterparts, says the international real estate advisor.

Robert Stapleton, head of hotel transactions at Savills, says: "Activity in 2022 will be supported by more stock coming to the market and improving operational performance, particularly in London which has lagged the trajectory of the UK's regional markets. The return of international visitors has been long awaited and we are already seeing the positive effects that growing international arrivals are having on the hospitality industry.

"However, while there is a weight of money looking to be deployed into the sector supported by the resilience of longer term demand drivers, there remains operational challenges in the short-term and uncertainty which could delay a recovery with rising Covid infection rates in the UK.

"Additionally, we expect investor competition for fixed leased assets and alongside increasing demand for ESG complaint assets, suggest that the definition of Prime, both in terms of geography and tenant, will narrow. This coupled with a relative paucity of stock in the fixed-income space means we expect to see prime yields harden further over 2022 to c.3.25%."