Investec Australia Property Fund (“IAPF” or the “Fund”) today announced the acquisition of a three level, A-grade property in Macquarie Park, Sydney for AUD 23,255,000. The property provides 3,114m² of office accommodation, 3,164m² of warehouse space and 148 parking bays on a site of 6,812m².

The property is situated at 113 Wicks Road, Macquarie Park, 12 kilometres north west of the Sydney CBD in one of Sydney’s key metropolitan office markets. The property is well located in close proximity to the M2 motorway and other key infrastructure such as Macquarie Central, one of Sydney’s largest regional shopping centres, and the Macquarie University main campus. The property is approximately 600 metres from both North Ryde and Macquarie Park train stations, which are currently undergoing major upgrades as part of the Sydney Metro Rail Link works (Australia’s largest public infrastructure project).

Due to progressive rezonings to residential and pure office redevelopments, most of Macquarie Park’s warehouse stock has been permanently withdrawn resulting in good quality warehouse space becoming increasingly scarce. This makes the property particularly desirable for tenants who require a mix of good quality office accommodation and functional warehouse space and who wish to remain within a 15 km radius of the Sydney CBD.

The property is 100% occupied and leased to good quality tenants including Telstra Corporation (Australia’s largest telecommunications provider with a market capitalisation of c. AUD 68 billion), the New South Wales Government (one of the strongest covenants in the Australian market) and Mine Site Technologies (an engineering technology provider with global operations on four continents and annual revenues of c. AUD 70 million). The weighted average lease expiry is 4.2 years and contracted annual rental growth is approximately 3.5%.

The acquisition will be funded through the Fund’s existing debt facility and gearing post the acquisition will be 31.8%.

IAPF CEO Graeme Katz is pleased to acquire another property in New South Wales, taking the value of the Fund’s total portfolio to over $517 million. He said:

“The acquisition aligns well to the Fund’s strategy of investing in well-located, high quality assets.

“The property is located in a prime position in one of Sydney’s most established office precincts and its unique mix of office and warehouse accommodation has attracted quality tenants. The average office rents at the property are AUD 275/m², which compares favorably to rents in other Sydney metropolitan markets including North Sydney (AUD 600/m²), Parramatta (AUD 445/m²), Chatswood (AUD 480/m²) and Rhodes (AUD 380/m²).

“The property is adjacent to the North Ryde Station High Density Residential Precinct, which will ultimately provide for 2,700 apartments and accommodate 5,000 residents within the next 5 years. There is a strong possibility that the property will achieve an upzoning to a higher density zoning permitting residential development as part of a mixed use development. We believe that this zoning outcome could significantly increase the value of the property over time.”

IAPF, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, provides South African investors with direct access to the Australian commercial property market.