Melbourne-based property fund manager Forza Capital has picked up a prominent office building in Brisbane’s “Golden Triangle” from Mirvac for $86.7 million.
The property, located at 340 Adelaide Street—on the corner of Adelaide and Wharf Streets, comprises 12,800sq m of B-Grade office space across 17-levels, together with a ground floor cafe and parking for 100 cars.
In recent years, Mirvac has refurbished the building, upgrading the lobby and repositioning the external ground plane and retail.
Mirvac chief investment officer Brett Draffen said the proceeds from the sale will be redeployed into prime and A-grade commercial assets as well as its $22.4 billion development pipeline across the residential, office and industrial sectors.
The deal, negotiated by CBRE’s Flint Davidson, Tom Phipps and Bruce Baker, represents an 11 per cent premium to its book value in June.
“As the first major, post-Covid capital markets transaction in the Brisbane CBD, this deal highlights the demand from onshore investors for quality office assets,” Phipps said.
“As travel restrictions ease we expect the market to awaken in the first half of next year fuelled by historically low financing costs and Brisbane’s attractive yield spread.”
Forza Capital director Ashley Wain said the asset represented exceptional value, given the building’s comprehensive refurbishment program, and was transacted with a high degree of certainty over a period of one month.
“Shortly after Covid struck, [we] identified the opportunity to prepare our investor base of sophisticated investors for opportunistic property investments.
“Speed to transact was anticipated to be critical and we believed getting early capital commitments and being able to transact quickly would be paramount to securing new investments on attractive metrics,” Wain said.
The acquisition represented $52.5 million of equity from Forza’s client base of family offices, high net worth advisory groups and individuals, and will now sit in the newly-established Forza 340 Adelaide Street Fund.
“The uncertainty in office investment markets has created really attractive investment metrics which, when combined with highly competitive debt funding, results in a target 8 per cent per annum distribution yield over the first five years of the investment,” Wain said.
Last week, Dexus listed a neighbouring A-grade office tower, located at 10 Eagle Street, with price expectations of $300 million.
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