SINGAPORE – AIMS Apac Reit (AA Reit) is expanding its footprint in Australia with a A$38.46 million (S$36.92 million) acquisition of a freehold industrial facility in Gold Coast, its manager announced on Wednesday morning (May 15) before the market opened.
In a press statement, its manager noted that AA Reit has entered into a sales and purchase contract with GSM Rocket Australia to purchase Boardriders Apac HQ, located in the suburb of Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
The deal amount was arrived after considering an independent valuation by CBRE Valuations Pty Ltd, which valued the property at A$38.46 million.
After including stamp duty payable and other transaction costs, the total estimated cost of the acquisition is about A$41.5 million. This is expected to be funded mainly from Australian dollar debt facilities in order to maintain a natural currency hedge on the acquisition, the Reit manager said.
Assuming that the transaction will be fully funded by debt, AA Reit’s aggregate leverage post-acquisition will increase to 35.5 per cent on a proforma basis, up from 33.7 per cent as at March 31, 2019.
The property will be leased to GSM Operations Pty Ltd for 12 years on a triple net lease basis, which is a lease structure where the master tenant is responsible for outgoings of the property, including repair and maintenance costs, insurance, and taxes, among other things.
Both the vendor, GSM Rocket Australia, and the tenant, GSM Operations Pty Ltd, are subsidiaries of Boardriders Inc, a global actions sports and lifestyle firm that designs and distributes brands including Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy.
The first year rental from the property is A$3 million, and will increase by 3 per cent per annum, with a rent review at mid-term of the lease, the manager said. Under the contract, the tenant also has an option to renew the lease for another five years.
The development, which sits on a land area of 33,300 square metres (sq m), with a total net lettable area of 14,833 sq m, comprises a warehouse and office facility, as well as a two-storey retail building.
Notable properties in the vicinity include Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre, and the upcoming Kaufland giant supermarket. The property is also situated about 3 kilometres from Burleigh Heads Beach, and a less than 20-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport.
Koh Wee Lih, chief executive of the Reit manager said: “The proposed acquisition represents an opportunity to further diversify and strengthen our portfolio with a strategic addition that offers a strong tenant profile, and provides income stability to AA Reit. In line with our strategy to build a high-quality, diversified portfolio of assets that creates long-term value for our unitholders, the acquisition will be DPU accretive.
“The outlook for the Gold Coast economy remains positive, as the region is currently experiencing growth across key economic factors including strong population growth, investment into major infrastructure developments and an increase in both domestic and offshore tourism into the region. This investment will enable us to expand AA Reit’s footprint in a market that offers solid long-term growth,” added Mr Koh.
Upon completion of the acquisition, AA Reit will own a total of 27 industrial properties, of which 25 are located throughout Singapore, with one located in Gold Coast, Australia, and a 49 per cent interest in a property located in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia.
As at 10.51am on Wednesday, units in AA Reit were trading at $1.39, up 0.7 per cent, or one cent, after the announcement.
Aria offer over 1,100 sqm of resort-style amenity at Trellis, South Brisbane apartments
The ground-level homes the Temple of Wellness, designed to be in-keeping with the lush foliage throughout the development
The award-winning Queensland developer, Aria Property Group, are taking the resident amenity to the next level in the latest South Brisbane apartment development, Trellis.
They’re offering residents offer 1,100 sqm of facilities scattered throughout the 13-level, Rothelowman-designed development, crowned by the most impressive amenity of all, the Residents’ Rooftop Club.
That will feature an infinity pool with views across Brisbane, a hot & cold magnesium bath, a lounge, public barbecue areas, and a private dining room.
The ground-level homes the Temple of Wellness, designed to be in-keeping with the lush foliage throughout the development.
A series of gardens line the path to the Temple of Wellness, where residents will walk through the cascading waterfall to a fully equipped fitness centre and meditation zone, home to weights, pilates reformers, cardiovascular equipment and meditation pods.
Aria Living also offers complimentary group yoga and group personal training fortnightly.
Residents at Trellis will also have access to a podcast/boardroom, serving as a multi-use space for working at home. There’s also a Residents’ Wine Cellar.
Apartments in Trellis start from $739,000 for an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Three-bedroom apartments are priced from $1,084,000.
Completion is slated for mid-2023.
Article Source: www.urban.com.au
Fed up home buyers take plunge into commercial property
A young woman in her 20s recently snapped up her first property – it was a ground floor shop leased to a jewellery business in South Melbourne.
The buyer, who declined to be identified, paid $900,000 and will earn income equivalent to a 5 per cent yield for her efforts.
Another first-time commercial buyer, Mark Murray, was priced out of the residential market for the type of property he was looking for and instead opted for a two-storey shop in High Street Northcote, in Melbourne’s inner north.
“This is my first property. I want to lease out some of the spaces,” he said.
Both buyers are part of a growing cohort looking at entry-level commercial properties as an alternative to the well trodden path of homeownership.
Sky high residential values – Melbourne’s house prices were up 15 per cent year-on-year in September – and changes to Victoria’s residential rental laws are pushing some would-be owners to look at alternatives.
Buyers are finding that the returns on residential real estate are so poor – with yields in the range of 1 or 2 per cent – that they prefer to buy something that will give them 3 to 5 per cent, which is commercial property.
Barry Novy from Gross Waddell ICR
The state’s new tenancy laws, introduced in March, have put a fresh onus on residential landlords: banning rental bidding, introducing minimum rental standards, changing eviction rules, and allowing modification of homes by renters – all of which has sharpened the difference with commercial property, real estate agents say.
Mr Murray said he planned to live in the upstairs section of his High Street property and turn the downstairs into artists’ workspaces and a recording studio. The shopfront, next to Sweet Life Tattoo, sold through Fitzroys’ Ervin Niyaz.
Mr Murray said it was a privilege to be able to buy something and share it with the creative community. “I’ll definitely earn an income but probably not as high rent as other places.”
The overheated housing market and superior rental returns are driving people towards commercial real estate, Stonebridge Property Group’s Dylan Kilner said.
The Dorcas Street building that sold in South Melbourne has a three-year lease to Unique Diamonds with fixed 3 per cent annual increases. Its outgoing expenses are also paid by the business tenant.
By contrast, residential leases are usually limited to one-year and have no set increases in rent with landlords required to pay outgoing expenses like extra water charges, taxes and maintenance costs.
“The buyer was a first-time investor who opted for an entry level commercial investment rather than a residential property,” Mr Kilner said.
Gross Waddell ICR’s Barry Novy said buyers should do their homework before taking the plunge into commercial property because of differences between the property classes.
“Buyers are finding that the returns on residential real estate are so poor – with yields in the range of 1 or 2 per cent – that they prefer to buy something that will give them 3 to 5 per cent, which is commercial property,” he said.
However, commercial property has a greater risk of long periods of vacancy, depending on market conditions. “You’ve got to be able to cover that,” he said.
Leasing contracts in the sector are also more complicated to negotiate and administer.
“There is also a misconception that if you buy commercial property you have less maintenance. That may or may not be true.”
Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Landmark Brisbane Hotel Sells for $50 Million
A Sydney-based hospitality group has swooped on a landmark riverside Brisbane hotel at the northern end of the city’s iconic Story Bridge.
Oscars Hotel Group—owned and operated by brothers Bill and Mario Gravanis—has paid $50 million for the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments.
The 11-storey accommodation asset, on a prominent 2966sq m corner site at 15 Ivory Lane, has been offloaded by Singapore’s Mapletree Investments, which purchased it in 2015 for $48 million.
Formerly the Adina Brisbane Hotel, its sits above the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel—originally The Fantauzzo—that was purchased last year by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud in a $70-million-plus deal.
The four-star Oakwood Hotel and Apartments comprises 162 suites, a bistro, business centre, gym and pool but its new owners are expected to undertake a major revamp to capitalise on its prime location within the popular riverside precinct.
Its latest change-of-hands adds momentum to the rising wave of southern property players seeking geographic diversification due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria.
Industry experts predict the flow of capital into Queensland’s property sector will continue its groundswell over coming years in the lead-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
The Gravanis brothers—known as Sydney’s kings of hospitality with a portfolio of more than 30 venues across NSW—made their big move into Queensland in May, snapping up Long Island in the Whitsundays for circa $20 million.
They are planning a new resort project for the island off Airlie Beach.
Oscars Hotel Group was established in 1986 with the acquisition of a single pub in Sydney’s inner-west.
Its purchases of Brisbane’s Oakwood Hotel and Apartments and Whitsunday’s Long Island are part of a strategic expansion to gain northern exposure in the tourism and hospitality sector.
CBRE Hotel’s national director Wayne Bunz negotiated the deal.
Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
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