Investors take to Melbourne childcare: Savills

Investors take to Melbourne childcare: Savills
Investors take to Melbourne childcare: Savills

Share market volatility along with strong government support for one of the nation’s most rapidly growing industries is driving increasing demand for childcare centre investments, according to Savills Australia director, Julian Heatherich.

He noted recent deals - sold off-market, off-the-plan, prior to auction and at hotly contested auctions - with yields in Melbourne falling as low as 3.89%.

One China based investor paid $2.3 million on a 5.1% yield for a centre at 2 Bernard Hamilton Way, Rowville in Melbourne’s outer east, sold within six days of the campaign start. 

The purpose built centre sold subject to a ten year lease at $118,110 per annum net with 100% occupancy and an extensive waiting list. 

At an earlier auction a Melbourne based private investor outbid five other potential purchasers for a Thornbury childcare centre with a final bid of $1.83 million on what is believed to be a record low 3.89% yield.

Savills agents Tim McIntosh, said the marketing campaign for the 200 Smith Street property attracted more than 100 enquiries, 20 inspections, then 15 requests for the contract.

The tenant on a 10 year lease was the national operator Guardian Early Learning Group which owns or manages up to 90 centres.

In other sales an emerging childcare investment trust paid $4.35 million, in an off-market deal, for a former Hungry Jacks outlet at Coburg, with plans for a childcare centre conversion.

A local private investor paid $3.25 million for an off-the-plan childcare centre in Vantage Avenue, Clyde North, subject to a pre-lease to childcare centre operator Eclipse Early Education Group on a 10-year term.

Mr Heatherich said the average initial yield of childcare centres in metropolitan Melbourne in 2014 had been around 6.75% and that yields this year had, until recently been in the 6 to 7% range. 

"Small investors have traditionally been buyers of retail strip and residential assets and more recently that list has extended to childcare properties and there are a number of reasons for that including the negative performance of share market investments."

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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