Abacus and Kirsh Buy Sydney CBD Offices

Other Sydney office buildings to sell recently include 55 Hunter Street and 77 King Street. Reported yields were between 7 and 8 per cent.

An announcement by the consortium is copied below:

Abacus Property Group and the Kirsh Group are pleased to announce they have entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 14 Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, from a private investor. The total consideration for the acquisition is $95 million, excluding transaction costs, which represents an initial yield of 8.0% pa.

Abacus Property Group invited the Kirsh Group to participate in the transaction and they will acquire the property as tenants in common in equal shares. The contract is conditional on FIRB approval. This is the second time Abacus Property Group and Kirsh Group have acquired an asset jointly, following the recent acquisition of Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre and Marina for $174 million in August 2010.

Settlement is anticipated to occur by 30 June 2011.

The building is located in a prime corner position in the centre of Sydney’s prestigious financial district, Martin Place. The acquisition consists of an 8 level heritage façade commercial office building, built in circa 1892 that fronts Martin Place and an interconnecting 20 Level commercial office tower fronting Pitt Street. The entire structure has a total NLA of 13,130m2 including 1,911m2 of ground and lower ground floor retail. Its L-shaped floor plate and corner position offer excellent natural light to all floors. It is 97% occupied and has a weighted average lease expiry of circa 2.8 years.

We believe the acquisition of another significant Martin Place commercial office building further complements the Abacus portfolio of longer term core plus properties.

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Marc Pallisco

A freelance property analyst and journalist, Marc is a co-founder of realestatesource.com.au.

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