Invictus boosts Australian hotel portfolio

The Inchcolm by Ovolo, built into a 1930 Georgian office.

Nine months after entering the Australian market with plans to build a c$500 million hospitality portfolio, Singapore’s Invictus Developments, backed by Indonesia’s billionaire Karim family, has snared another asset, this time in Brisbane’s Spring Hill.

Sydney’s ex-Bank of China office is set for a $30 million repurposing.

The Inchcolm by Ovolo at 73 Wickham Terrace is setting the group back $25 million from the operator’s recently launched asset management arm, TriO Capital.

Pellicano sold Quest Woolloongabba to Invictus in April.

The deal comes a fortnight since Invictus bought Sydney 39 York Street from the Bank of China for $52.5m – well under the c$80m-plus guide when it was listed last September.

The buyer plans to repurpose the 15 level, 4412 square metre space as a guesthouse at a $30m cost.

In April meanwhile, Invictus acquired the Sofitel Brisbane Central for c$178m while the month earlier, it bought that city’s Quest Woolloongabba, for $48.3m.

The company’s first Australian hotel purchase, nine months ago, was Sydney’s c1887 Harbour Rocks, which cost c$40m from the Magid family, which founded Twisties.

Inchcolm by Ovolo Hotel

Built into a c1930 Georgian revival office, the five level, 5-star Inchcolm by Ovolo contains 50 guest rooms, conference facilities, a restaurant and basement car parking.

CBRE’s Wayne Bunz and Steve Carroll brokered the off-market deal; the pair are also publicly marketing The Woolstore hotel conversion, in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, for TriO.

That asset was constructed in 1888.

TriO managing director Tim Alpe said Ovolo has tripled its Australian room count since 2018 including with the purchase of two assets during the pandemic; it now controls eight properties here (story continues below).

Sydney’s Harbour Rocks Hotel cost Invictus c$40 million.

Proceeds from the Spring Hill and Darling Harbour assets will be tipped into its local development pipeline and doubling room capacity again.

Invictus invests again

Intergen Property Group is advising Invictus.

JLL’s Mitch Noonan, James Aroney and Sophie Tieman marketed the former Bank of China building, expected to reopen as a guesthouse at the end of 2025.

“We are very strong believers in the Australian hotel market as international travel is returning to pre-COVID levels and Australia is seen as an exciting and vibrant destination in the Asia Pacific region,” Invictus principal Chayadi Karim said.

“The addition of these two properties, with more planned on the east coast, adds to our current portfolio of hotels in Singapore and Japan,” he added.

According to Mr Carroll, hotel investments like Inchcolm by Ovolo continue to be sought by investors given the sector’s positive market fundamentals – high occupancy amongst them – and risk adjusted returns.

“Revenue per available room has risen by 49pc in Brisbane since 2019,” the executive said.

“With the Olympics coming in 2032, Brisbane is seen as a tier 1 destination for astute hotel investors,” he added.

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