Charter Hall buys David Jones Sydney CBD store for $510m

Charter Hall buys David Jones Sydney CBD store for $510m
Image: Courtesy of Charter Hall

Charter Hall Group has agreed to purchase the David Jones flagship Elizabeth Street store, located at 86-108 Castlereagh Street, Sydney for A$510 million.

The Charter Hall managed consortia acquired the property on a sale and leaseback transaction with David Jones, which will provide a 20-year, triple-net (NNN) lease, with minimum 2.5% per annum annual rent increases supplemented by an agreed turnover rent linked to sales performance.

The purchase price reflects a 5% initial yield based on the initial annual net rent of $25.5 million, reflecting approximately $800sqm of lettable area.

This iconic David Jones Sydney CBD property comprises 12 levels on a strategic 3,530sqm prime CBD retail site, prominently located overlooking Hyde Park with views to Sydney Harbour. The building comprises large floorplates of up to 2,92sqm, with excellent natural light to 3 elevations.

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The Charter Hall managed consortia comprises a 50% interest held by the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (ASX:CLW), a 25% interest held by the Charter Hall DVP partnership (DVP) and 25% held by the Group. The Group’s investment is $71 million held in a partnership with DVP, which together have secured a 5-year debt facility. CLW will fund its 50% from its existing available capacity.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy in so many ways, namely: securing long WALE NNN leased assets, combining the appetite of our managed funds and partnerships to partner with the Group on high conviction prime real estate acquisitions, co investing Group capital alongside our partners to secure attractive earnings growth from our Property Investment portfolio, whilst also expanding the Group’s FUM platform,” said David Harrison, Charter Hall Group CEO and Managing Director.

“Combined with other recently announced acquisitions and pre-leased development projects across office and industrial sectors, we expect the Group’s FUM to exceed $45 billion as at 31 December 2020”, he added.