Singapore’s listed Ocean Sky International is paying $21.83
million for a fully-let, four-storey office in Melbourne’s Mount Waverley.
The deal for 541 Blackburn Road is being struck on a 5.79 per cent passing yield (or 5.49 per cent, if stamp duty costs are factored in).
Vendor Vantage Property Investments – under the fund
manager’s former guise of Spring and Parks – acquired the commercial building
in 2003 for $8.15 million.
Vantage held the asset on behalf of a syndicate of local
high-net worth private groups and self-managed super funds.
Office occupies less than a third of the plot
With 3628 square metres of lettable area, the modern office
with a high 4.5-star NABERS energy rating occupies less than a third of the
6210 sqm plot at the south west corner of Lionel Road.
The property is also configured with 157 car parks – some undercover.
National Australia Bank is the anchor tenant.
Property broker Little Real Estate and National Insurance Disability Scheme are amongst other occupiers.
The weighted average lease expiry is nearly four years.
The office sits within the Monash Technology precinct – a
major Australian employment precinct – 430 metres from the Monash Freeway.
It is next door to a four year old office at 545 Blackburn Road and walking distance to Pinewood Shopping Centre, which offers hospitality and retail amenity.
The suburb is about 18 kilometres south east of the CBD.
First Melbourne investment for Ocean Sky International
Ocean Sky International Limited said that the Mount Waverley
asset will be retained by a wholly-owned Australian subsidiary.
The acquisition will be funded by a combination of
internal resources and bank borrowings.
“The company has been exploring investment opportunities in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region to seek diversified sources of revenue for sustainable long-term shareholder value,” an Ocean Sky International statement about the purchase released in late December, said.
“Following extensive due diligence, the company believes
the acquisition presents significant value and long-term opportunities.
“The acquisition is a transaction carried out in the
ordinary course of the group’s business of property investment and the Board is
of the view the acquisition will not materially change the risk profile of the group.
“The acquisition will allow the group to grow its portfolio of investment properties and to provide a source of recurring rental income and further diversify the group’s revenue”.