Investa embarks on capital raising drive

Investa embarks on capital raising drive
Staff ReporterDecember 7, 2020

Investa Commercial Property Fund, one of Australia’s leading unlisted wholesale office funds, is seeking to raise new equity via a capital raising drive.

According to the fund, they plan to use the new capital to replenish their balance sheet, positioning the fund for future acquisition and development opportunities.

The fund’s existing investors will be given pre-emptive rights to purchase the new securities issued.

They predominantly include a mix of Australian institutions and superannuation funds.

“It is our expectation that existing investors will participate in the offer and any securities not taken up by existing investors will be made available to new investors, where we have strong demand,” said Jason Leong, the ICPF Fund Manager.

Leong further states that institutional investors have been waiting for this opportunity, with interest from potential investors from Asia, the UK, Europe and North America to date.

“Potential investors come from a range of areas including insurance companies, pensions and sovereign wealth funds,” he said.

ICPF’s portfolio currently comprises interest in 15 office buildings, primarily located in Sydney and Melbourne, valued at $5.6 billion.

ICPF recently reached practical completion on the premium grade 60 Martin Place Sydney, achieving record rentals with leasing commitments in excess of 90% delivering the project a 7.5% yield on cost.

It is also planning to commence construction of 360 Queen Street, Brisbane, a 55,000 square metre prime grade commercial office project in 2020.

ICPF has been active recently, selling its interest in 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne for $830 million, along with its co-owner Oxford Investa Property Partnership (OIPP) at a 20% premium to valuation.

It also recently struck an agreement to acquire a further 50% interest in a central Sydney office building, 135 King Street, from co-owners Stockland for A$335 million and a 1,000 bay cark park adjoining its 567 Collins St Melbourne building.

 “The ICPF management team has been disciplined in its investment execution, divesting assets no longer aligned with its strategy and focussing on building a pipeline to develop new generation buildings,” said Investa’s Chief Investment Officer, Peter Menegazzo.

 “We expect that these factors will result in solid support for the capital raising, and in turn, will set a sound foundation to deliver ongoing investment performance.”

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