Centuria Diversified Property Fund has made its third direct property purchase this year, picking up an A-grade office in Brisbane’s inner north east Bowen Hills for $65.4 million.
The fully leased complex at 25 Montpelier Road includes 7739
square metres of commercial area, about 10 per cent of which is ground floor
It was developed in 2009 and sits on a 3750 sqm site,
with 115 car parks.
In July, gambling agency Ladbrokes committed to a 10-year
lease for 3250 sqm of the office component – paying annual rent speculated to
be about $565-$575 per sqm.
St Vincent’s Health Australia, the country’s largest
Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care provider is also an occupier (St
Vincent’s owner occupiers an office across the road from 25 Montpelier Road).
The site was offloaded by GWC Property Group, sometimes reported as Great Western Corporation.
JLL’s Seb Turnbull and Luke Billiau were the marketing agents.
Centuria joint chief executive officer, Jason Huljich,
said the acquisition “is in line with the group’s strategy to accelerate AUM [Assets
Under Management] growth”
The fund acquired two assets earlier this year – an office at 381 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Queensland, which cost $19.7 million.
It also spent $35 million on the Optus Centre at 10 Moore Street, Canberra, as we reported in May.
“The Fund’s strategy is to buy properties that enhance the
quality and diversity of its portfolio and contribute to strong distribution
returns for its investors,” Mr Huljich said, adding that Centuria “offers a
range of A-REIT and unlisted property fund options for investors and that CDPF
offers some of the benefits of both structures”.
“CDPF aims to offer direct property investment and returns
similar to those from unlisted property funds, but because it is open-ended and
offers some liquidity, it sits on a number of platforms and wrap platforms so
is easy for advisers and smaller investors to access.
“This latest acquisition in Queensland will further
diversify the portfolio by adding to our holdings in Brisbane, a market where
we expect to see growth ramp up in the next six to twelve months”.
Centuria Capital Group (CNI) has $6.6 billion of assets
Centuria Property Funds Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary
of CNI, is the responsible entity for the Centuria Diversified Property Fund.