Centennial buys top performing Bundaberg retail centre with Parkstone

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Centennial buys top performing Bundaberg retail centre under the Hinkler Central Trust

  • Centennial purchased Bundaberg’s biggest and highest performing retail centre with Parkstone Funds Management
  • The Hinkler Central Shopping Centre was purchased for $107m
  • The 21,000 sqm shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths, Kmart and Coles, with a total of 75 tenancies

BUNDABERG, QLD: Fund manager, Centennial, in partnership with Parkstone Funds Management has acquired Bundaberg’s biggest and highest performing retail centre, the Hinkler Central Shopping Centre, for $107 million – in a yield-driven acquisition.

The 21,000 sqm mall located on Maryborough Street is anchored by Woolworths, Kmart and Coles and includes a further 65 retail and dining spaces.

The acquisition of Hinkler Central comes at a time when the sector is beginning to see somewhat of a resurgence in the demand for dominant centres offering healthy yields for investors. The centre’s gross lettable area (GLA) and moving annual turnover (MAT) metrics position it among the top 10 centres nationally in its class.

The strategic move marks a major milestone for Centennial and Parkstone Funds Management in further strengthening their presence in the retail property sector. It has allowed Parkstone to tap into Centennial’s extensive funds management experience and well-established investment platform, while Centennial has leveraged Parkstone’s and Holdfast’s deep expertise in the retail property sector.

Centennial’s Executive Director & CEO – Industrial & Logistics, Paul Ford said: “The Hinkler Central Shopping Centre purchase aligns with our strategic vision to acquire off market, high-performing, dominant land-rich regional centres at favourable yields and well below replacement cost.

“We are delighted to be participating in the acquisition of such a high-quality investment that offers a very attractive distribution yield while comprising quite defensive characteristics.”

Parkstone Funds Management Managing Director, Tim Wilkin, said the acquisition, executed after a thorough due diligence process, reflected Parkstone’s commitment to identifying and capitalising on compelling retail investment opportunities.

“The acquisition of the Hinkler Shopping Centre significantly bolsters our group’s exposure to sub-regional centres while further enhancing our portfolio’s overall quality and diversification,” Mr Wilkin said.

“The strength of the Bundaberg region and this 21,000 square metre centre is exceptional.  It has an occupancy of 99 per cent, of which about 94 per cent of gross lettable area is national retailers. The centre’s metrics position Hinkler Central among the top 10 nationally in its class.

“We consider it an excellent yield and growth play because of the high barriers to entry in this market, being acquired approximately 30 per cent below replacement cost. There also exists further opportunity to enhance the Centre in terms of development, which when combined with the ability to access positive rental reversion, should be well supported by the substantial government infrastructure spending currently in progress and planned for Bundaberg, aligning very well with the forecast investment horizon for this asset.

“The resilience and attractiveness of sub-regional shopping centres adds a further level of optimism to our regional investment strategy. Centres of this quality serve as important community hubs and have demonstrated proven resilience through some challenging times in recent years. We look forward to delivering continued growth for this asset.”

Centennial’s CEO, Adrian Taylor said: “We are very excited to have formed this strategic retail partnership with Parkstone Funds Management.

“The acquisition underlines Parkstone’s and Centennial’s proactive approach to seizing off-market opportunities with similar characteristics in the market. This is the first of what we anticipate will be a broader partnership that will position us as a major player at scale in this space.”

The transaction was handled by Sam Hatcher and Jacob Swan of JLL.

Hinkler Central features more than 1,000 mostly undercover parking bays with direct travelator access, and its specialty tenant mix is orientated to ‘consumed on site’ products and services such as banking, medical, food and beauty, which increases dwell times.

The centre is well-located in Queensland’s second-fastest growing city with 7.1 per cent economic growth and nominated as number one for region-to-region relocations.

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