Clarence Property raising more capital for Westlawn Property Trust

Clarence Property raising more capital for Westlawn Property Trust
Clarence Property raising more capital for Westlawn Property Trust

Clarence Property is seeking to raise $20 million capital for its Westlawn Property Trust (WPT).

Its previous offering returned 22.1% last financial year and closed oversubscribed at $22 million.

Clarence is forecasting a gross distribution of 8.8% per annum for new investors, backed by the Trust's average annual return of 14.5% over the past three years and 13.8% since its inception in 1994.

WPT recently acquired a 136-lot Yamba Quays development for $70 million.

It is the last canal-front community in New South Wales, following the 1996 State Government legislation to ban further canal development.

WPT portfolio now exceeds $300 million with assets from Yamba to Brisbane.

These include master-planned communities, shopping centres and industrial and commercial buildings.

Clarence Property Managing Director Peter Fahey says the new capital raising will allow WPT to maintain its low loan to value ratio (LVR).

"This past year has been one of our most active yet, with the acquisition of a total $60 million of new assets for WPT, and the continued development of existing projects including our 500-lot Epiq Lennox masterplanned community, which is now home to dozens of families," he said.

"Part of our strategy with WPT is to maintain close to a 50% LVR, so we don't over-borrow to acquire new assets.

"We have just commenced a $5 million renovation program to improve yields and WALE at a number of our regional shopping centres, which have become the backbone of WPT.

"Looking ahead, 2019 should be a fruitful year for WPT as we build on our 1,000-strong investor base and our excellent track record of delivering returns above our forecast distribution."

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