Officeworks investors take note with interest
RETAIL investors were increasingly accepting the "lower for longer" interest rate environment with the sale of an Officeworks in Brisbane's inner north generating a wave of inquiry and a tight yield.
A Queensland-based private investor paid $13.425 million for the newly developed asset on the corner of Newmarket Rd and Sylvester St, Windsor, after an expressions of interest campaign by JLL's Elliott O'Shea, Tim Jones and Jacob Swan.
Part of the ASX-listed Wesfarmers, Officeworks developed the 4979sq m site after acquiring it from AP Eagers.
Mr O'Shea said the campaign generated 190 inquiries from domestic and offshore private buyers and institutions and the sale represented a yield of 4.74 per cent - a record for an Officeworks in Queensland.
"This result is another example of the strong competition for investment opportunities that offer defensive cash flow and locational attributes," he said.
"There was a lot of activity sub 5 per cent which probably speaks of the strength of our market and that people have now accepted a lower for longer interest rate environment."
Officeworks Windsor has a 1944sq m of gross lettable area and 65 on-grade parking bays.
In the leaseback deal Officeworks has signed up to 12 years with multiple options.
Mr O'Shea said 2020 is expected to bring further strong results.
"The Brisbane market is garnering more and more interstate and offshore attention and it's not about yield spread between the states. Investors are beginning to see our city's infrastructure investment take form," he said
Mr O'Shea and Mr Swan are set to bring Bunnings Indooroopilly early next month which is expected to fetch about $20 million.
Mr Jones said investors were focused on reducing their risks.
"With term deposit rates at record lows, real estate for a lot of private capital is the preferred risk-return alternative," he said.
"This was the profile of the majority of inquiry we received for Officeworks Windsor, with a large number of these purchasers looking at Brisbane for the first time."