Brisbane Waterfront Place sold to Dexus

Brisbane Waterfront Place sold to Dexus
Brisbane Waterfront Place sold to Dexus

DEXUS Property Group (DEXUS) and DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund (DWPF) today announced that they will acquire Waterfront Place and Eagle Street Pier within the prime commercial precinct of the Brisbane CBD for $635 million.

It reflects $9,664 per square metre for the complex and a capitalisation rate of 6.9%. 

Stockland agreed to sell its 50% stake in the 40-storey Brisbane Waterfront Place office tower and Eagle Street Pier for $317.5 million to DEXUS.

Stockland will generate $296 million from the sale of the office tower, which is a 3% premium to its December 2014 book value of $287.1 million.

As part of the transaction, Stockland will also sell its 50% stake in the Eagle Street Pier retail and restaurant precinct for an additional $21.5 million.

Stockland and the Future Fund, through its manager Corval, entered into the agreement to sell the entire 100% interest in the tower and pier to DEXUS in what is a challenging leasing market.

The asset is currently 90% leased.

Waterfront Place overlooks the Brisbane River and features 59,500 square metres of premium office space with floor plates averaging 1,800 square metres. The building has a 5 star NABERS energy rating and a 4 star NABERS water rating. 

Stockland acquired the office tower in February 2004 and has invested $171 million, including the cost of additions, in its 50% stake.

The other 50% interest in the property was placed into a Stockland- managed retail fund and subsequently sold to the Future Fund in 2011 for $216 million.

CBRE advised it is the largest single office sale to have occurred in Queensland and one of the largest to have occurred in Australia - and certainly the largest since the GFC. 

“The acquisition by DEXUS is a significant vote of confidence in the Brisbane office market and the medium term outlook for Queensland,” said Bruce Baker, CBRE senior managing director, Queensland.

“Whilst foreign capital has featured heavily in the Australian market recently, the Waterfront Place transaction shows the big domestic players are still actively pursuing prime opportunities,” Flint Davidson, CBRE Director, institutional investments said.

 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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