Investec Australia Property Fund acquires Melbourne industrial property for $22 million

Investec Australia Property Fund acquires Melbourne industrial property for $22 million
Investec Australia Property Fund acquires Melbourne industrial property for $22 million

Investec Australia Property Fund (IAPF) has announced the acquisition of an industrial property in Hallam, Melbourne for $22 million on an initial yield of 6.3%. 

The property at 6-8 and 11 Siddons Way comprises two separate buildings with a gross lettable area of 15,504 sqm.

It is split into warehouse and distribution facilities along with office accommodation.

The site area is 32,701 sqm.

The property is 33 kilometres south east of the Melbourne CBD in one of the city’s most established industrial precincts. The property has easy access to major arterials and freeways including the South Gippsland Highway, Eastlink and the Monash Freeway. 

IAPF chief executive Graeme Katz said the acquisition would take the value of the fund’s total portfolio to $801 million.

“The property is located in one of Melbourne’s most tightly held industrial precincts which is home to other significant companies such as Ceva Logistics, Australia Post and TNT. In addition, Amazon has just announced it will locate its first Australian distribution facility in the adjoining suburb of Dandenong South. 

Settlement of the property is expected by mid-October, said IAPF.

The Johannesburg-listed IAPF, which helps South African investors access Australia’s commercial property market, said the acquisition is accretive for the fund and will be funded by utilising its existing debt facility.

The property is 100% occupied by Australian retailer Focus on Furniture, which uses the property as their national office and main distribution warehouse. 

Focus on Furniture has been operating for 15 years and specialises in lounges, dining and bedroom suites. 

It currently has 33 stores in Victoria, NSW, ACT, South Australia and Queensland with more than 150 staff. 

Focus on Furniture is on a long lease, expiring in 7.8 years with annual rent increases of 3%.

Following the acquisition, IAPF will be geared to 35% with a weighted average cost of debt of 3.67% and hedged to 87% for an average of 7.2 years, it said.

“The acquisition aligns well to the Fund’s strategy of investing in well-located, high quality assets that provide a sustainable income stream for investors,” Katz said.

He added that though the property had a strong tenant, it has flexible future uses and could potentially be split into two separate units to accommodate multiple users. It is also split over two titles which could be sold separately.

 

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Melbourne Industrial Property

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