Sentinel buys industrial site in Brisbane for $48.5 million

Sentinel buys industrial site in Brisbane for $48.5 million
Sentinel buys industrial site in Brisbane for $48.5 million

Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group has acquired an industrial site with development potential within the Australia TradeCoast precinct at Pinkenba in Brisbane’s east for $48.5 million.

The acquisition adds to Sentinel’s pooled Industrial Trust portfolio which includes properties at Mayfield in Newcastle, Oxley in Brisbane and Paget in Mackay.

Recently, it purchased a fully leased office building in Cairns for $8.5 million.

The 69 Tingira Street site spans 140,006 sqm and has a waterfront bulk storage industrial facility located there.

It was purchased in a leaseback arrangement with listed industrial chemical company Incitec Pivot Pty Ltd (ASX:IPL). 

IPL will continue to run its fertiliser distribution centre from the site and will lease nearly 11.5 ha of the property with 2.5 ha on Soutter St available to Sentinel for further development. 

The site benefits also from an adjoining wet lease of 15,370 sqm with associated wharf infrastructure.

The deal was negotiated by Anthony White and Simon Beirne of Colliers International.

Sentinel managing director Warren Ebert said this was a tremendous opportunity to acquire a major industrial facility in Pinkenba at a strong investment yield above what prime industrial assets are currently trading for, as well as benefitting from development upside.

“This site offers unique ongoing investment potential with core bulk storage and liquid storage assets in low supply throughout Brisbane, particularly when coupled with direct river access,” he said.

Yields for recent sales of industrial facilities have been in the range 5.5-7.5 per cent. 

The passing net yield for the Pinkenba site was 8.2 per cent, he said.

“This is also one of very few sites with wharf access in Brisbane that can accommodate Handymax class vessels of up to 188m long and 34m wide and capable of both liquid and bulk cartage.”

Ebert said it was an ideal time for Sentinel to purchase in the Australia TradeCoast precinct as it is a tightly held market due to the lack of available land.

“The proximity to Brisbane Airport, Port of Brisbane and major transport infrastructure continues to drive demand in this precinct. 

“The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports and Queensland’s premier multi-cargo port, handling almost $50 billion in trade annually.”

Colliers’ Anthony White said he expected the increased sale and leaseback activity, particularly from corporates, in the TradeCoast precinct to continue.

Sentinel Property Group has a total national portfolio of more than 40 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory with a total value of more than $1 billion.

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