Average 6.9% yields as Arena REIT childcare centres sell

Average 6.9% yields as Arena REIT childcare centres sell
Average 6.9% yields as Arena REIT childcare centres sell

The recently floated Arena REIT sold 10 Victorian and NSW childcare centres at Burgess Rawson auction today for a combined $14.2 million reflecting an average 6.9% net yield.

Given 16% projected growth in number of children 0-4 years from 2013-2025, yields were as low as 5.4% at Templestowe in Melbourne (pictured above) with a $1.73 million sale. The lease was 15 years to Imagine Applied Education Services Inc with two further terms of five years, each with a five year notice period. There are annual CPI reviews with a 2.5% minimum increase, with the next market review date in 2019, when the rent cannot be reduced as a result of market review and is uncapped.

The tenant is responsible for rates, insurance and repairs and maintenance (including structural), management fees and land tax (where applicable).

The income was $93,102 per annum.

A 9.2% Tamworth childcare centre on a short term lease sold for $620,000.

Six sales came with leases to Australia’s biggest childcare operator, Goodstart. Goodstart is owned by the charitable organisations The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia.

Arena reported earlier this year that it controlled a $325 million portfolio of childcare and healthcare properties with 177 childcare properties.

Morgan Stanley analysts recently advised there were strong fundamentals in the childcare and healthcare sectors, the Australian Financial Review noted.

The listed property trust sector (A-REITs) gained a new participant with Arena floating with a share price of $1.05 in June 2013, representing a premium to its then net tangible assets of $1 per share.

The joint managing directors of the Melbourne-based fund are James Goodwin and Bryce Mitchelson. It was established as an unlisted trust in 2003 investing into childcare centres. 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.


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