The Auckland-based shopping centres, Botany Town Centre, Lynnmall Shopping Centre and Manukau Supa Centre, were jointly owned by Stockland and AMP New Zealand Property Retail Limited.
Stockland Retail CEO John Schroder said “The sale of our interest in these centres represents a total blended yield of 5.9 per cent and has delivered a strong premium to book value.”
“Selling our stake in these centres ensures we can continue to focus on using our management, leasing and development expertise to add value to our Australian portfolio, which has a book value approaching $4 billion and an $1.8 billion development pipeline.”
“Demand for retail assets and the resulting cap rate compression meant that it was timely for us to pursue the sale of our interest in these centres and capitalise on other value-adding opportunities in the market to deliver improved future returns,” Mr Schroder said.
Stockland acquired its stake in the three New Zealand centres as part of its acquisition of the AMP Diversified Property Trust in 2003.
Stockland owns, manages and develops shopping centres throughout Australia. Stockland’s 40 retail properties generate annual sales of $5 billion and 128 million shopper visits per year.
The sale is subject to approval from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office.