Sentinel acquires Cairns office asset with government tenant for $8.5 million

Sentinel acquires Cairns office asset with government tenant for $8.5 million
Sentinel acquires Cairns office asset with government tenant for $8.5 million

Sentinel Property Group has purchased a fully leased office building in Cairns for $8.5 million, marking its second investment in the North Queensland city.

The 139 Grafton Street property comprises a four-level commercial office building with a total net lettable area of 2,453 sqm.

The property is fully leased to two tenants, Queensland Health on a new five-year lease expiring in 2022, and a well-established medical office.

Sentinel purchased DFO Cairns retail complex last year. Its property portfolio in North and Central Queensland comprises a free-standing Big W in Atherton, a neighbourhood shopping centre and industrial property in Townsville, the Port of Airlie Maritime Terminal at Airlie Beach, two neighbourhood shopping centres in Emerald and seven retail, industrial, office and land holdings in Mackay.

Sentinel managing director Warren Ebert said the Grafton Street property was underpinned by solid government tenants and is well positioned within the Cairns CBD.

“Cairns is a market that we know very well and has been a major focus for us in successfully turning around the DFO Cairns centre over the past year through continual improvements and investment,” Ebert said.

The Brisbane-based group says it has confidence in the North Queensland economy and its future growth prospects.

“We see a lot of upside in the Cairns market on the back of its resurgent tourism sector and more than $20 billion of planned infrastructure and development projects that will drive further tourism and economic growth.”

These projects include the expansion of the Cairns airport, upgrade of the Port of Cairns, the Ella Bay Integrated Resort Development and Rio Tinto’s Amrun Bauxite Project among others.

The Cairns office property is the sixth asset for the Sentinel Regional Office Trust, which since October 2016 has acquired more than $188 million of properties nationally. The Sentinel Regional Office Trust has a current net distribution of 9.50% pa (paid monthly).

Its other assets include office buildings in Darwin and Casuarina in the Northern Territory, an office property on the fringe of the Brisbane CBD, and office properties in Port Macquarie and Newcastle in New South Wales.

Ebert said the Trust would continue to look at more office acquisitions in regional locations.

“We have a number of further regional office acquisitions in the pipeline, providing diversity of income both geographically and by tenant, in line with our proven opportunistic buying strategy in sectors and locations yet to be fully identified by others.”

Sentinel Property Group has a total national portfolio of more than 40 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets across Australia with a total value that is more than $1 billion.

Late in 2016, the group purchased the Port Hedland Boulevard Shopping Centre in Western Australia for $17.6 million from a private vendor.

It said the company has sold a total of 15 properties for $306.46 million at an average Internal Rate of Return of 26.60% across its national portfolio since its inception in 2010.



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