Clarence Property launch latest capital raising for its flagship Westlawn Property Trust

Clarence Property launch latest capital raising for its flagship Westlawn Property Trust
Clarence Property launch latest capital raising for its flagship Westlawn Property Trust

Property funds manager Clarence Property has further bolstered the portfolio of its unlisted Westlawn Property Trust (WPT), with the $12 million acquisition of a commercial and retail building in the heart of Brisbane's Hamilton.

The fully tenanted 9 Hercules Street Hamilton is Clarence Property's fourth WPT acquisition in the last 12 months, following the purchase of 201 Leichhardt Street Spring Hill for $14.272 million and 48 Bell-Aire Avenue Northgate for $8.475 million in October 2017.

The commercial precinct 183 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, was secured for $11.8 million in March 2017, bringing the total value of WPT acquisitions over the past year to $46.5 million.

Clarence Property recently launched its latest capital raising for WPT.

It is forecasting a 7 per cent cash distribution to investors paid monthly.

WPT has not failed to pay a monthly distribution to unit holders since the Trust's inception in 1994.

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey says Hercules Street, located at the doorstep of Brisbane's renowned Portside Wharf precinct (below), offered solid returns and flexibility for further development in the future.

"The Brisbane city and fringe market remains highly competitive in the sub $15 million range, so finding an asset that wasn’t over rented with a WALE above 3.5 years was very attractive," he said.

"The site also has an approved unit development which offers flexibility in the future should we decide to develop when the time is right.

The Hercules Street property is a 2175sqm commercial precinct  currently home to Vystal Property Group, Exercise Sports Science Australia, Corporate Development Mentors and Medi Pro Capital Finance, plus cafe ll Capretto.

Clarence Property launch latest capital raising for its flagship Westlawn Property Trust

The deal was negotiated by Colliers International agents Hunter Higgins and Sam Stubbings. 

Property investment fund manager Clarence Property launched its latest capital raising for its flagship unlisted Westlawn Property Trust on the back of its recently completed seventh offering - which closed over subscribed for $33 million.

WPT is forecasting an 8.6 per cent gross distribution including franking credits.

"Last year, WPT delivered an 18.6 per cent return to investors and has delivered an average return of 12.1 per cent per annum over the past three years, which is a commendable performance," Fahey said adding existing investors are mainly based in northern NSW and South East Queensland.

Many of them are expected to increase their stake in this latest capital raising.

He said there was an appeal to a wide range of investors who are principally seeking regular income, from small  self managed super funds right through to wholesale and sophisticated investors.

WPT was established in 1994 with 13 investors and one property.

It now boasts more than 1,000 investors and nearly $250 million of commercial property under management, together with a 500-lot, $200 million master-planned Epiq community under construction at Lennox Head.

The masterplanned Epiq has realised more than $65 million in land sales in the past two years, with releases two and three, comprising a total 160 lots, both selling out within 24 hours at ballot-style buyer events.

 

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