Pumping petrol station market to see 186 projects completed in 2019

Pumping petrol station market to see 186 projects completed in 2019
Pumping petrol station market to see 186 projects completed in 2019

The petrol station market is set to see 186 projects completed in 2019, despite continued headwinds about electric vehicles entering the mainstream private car market. 

A new CBRE market review found Queensland would lead the way with 58 new petrol stations followed by Victoria with 43 and New South Wales with 38.

CBRE’s petrol station specialist Joseph Du Rieu acknowledged that an increase in supply of this magnitude would typically result in reduced pressure on prices, however, given these developments were being staggered, pricing had either remained steady or slightly in favour of vendors. 

“The number of new projects coming online reflects the confidence major companies have in the sector, where they typically look to enter into 15-year leases – resonating with the investor market,” explained Mr Du Rieu.  

CBRE’s recent transaction of a new 7-Eleven service station in Werribee (top), which sold for $5.93 million to a private Melbourne based investor on a yield of 5.04%, further highlights this trend. 

The newly built service station, which features a 15-year net lease with fixed annual increases, attracted both domestic and international buyers. 

Du Rieu noted that CBRE was continuing to field strong demand from both private and institutional investors for petrol station assets.

 

Pumping petrol station market to see 186 projects completed in 2019

“Given the growth, security and prominence of these landholdings, and the modern technology around the environmental aspect, as investors look to the future of the market they are recognising the alternative retail and commercial value of these sites,” Mr Du Rieu said. 

Private cars continue to be the most popular means of transport in Australia, with 66.1% of Australians either driving to work or being a passenger in a private car – an increase from 65% in 2011. 

While the proportion of electric vehicles in production in Australia is expected to reach 50% by the 2030s, translating to less than 14% of cars being electric, there will be a continued need for petrol filling stations into the future. 

However, the increase in electric vehicle production has been enough to see a shift in the way major energy companies are operating, with Shell being one of the first to make a move.  

In the past 12-months, Shell has installed fast charging terminals at 80 Shell petrol stations across the UK, Netherlands and China, offering a Shell Recharge service that charges an electric vehicle in just 30 minutes.  

“With potential for the implementation of fast charging services in future Australian petrol stations, it is likely that operators will continue to grow their retail offering and build on the services they provide customers while they charge their cars.” 

Close to $40 million of petrol station investments sold across Australia in Q1, with tier one tenancies like Coles Express and 7-Eleven resulting in strong yields of less than 6% for assets in strong inner metropolitan locations with attractive underlying land components. 

 

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