Abacus Sells Two Queensland Hotels For $34.2 Million

ABACUS Property Group has offloaded two Queensland hotels for $34.2 million to Rydges Hotel’s Amalgamated Holdings Limited.

The hotels include the Rydges Gladstone and Townsville hotels, and were sold by the Abacus Hospitality Fund.

The purchases follow a spending spree last year, in which AHL paid the Raptis Group and City Pacific’s CP1 $56.5 million for the Gold Coast International hotel. It also paid Selpam and FKP $22 million for the Port Douglas Sabaya Resort.

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GPT to Reap About $90 Million From the Homemaker City Fortitude Valley Centre, Brisbane

GPT Group’s Homemaker City Fortitude Valley shopping centre, in Brisbane, is believed to be close to sale for about $90 million.

The complex includes more than a dozen bulky goods outlets, and a 700-bay car park. The centre is believed to be in due diligence to an as-yet-undisclosed purchaser.

The centre was one of seven GPT put to the market last year in Queensland and New South Wales. To date, the Cannon Hill and Windsor Centre in Brisbane have sold for a combined $20 million.

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Trinity Sells 400 Queen Street, Brisbane, For $15.75 Million

TRINITY Limited has sold Brisbane’s 400 Queen Street office in Brisbane for $15.75 million.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday, Trinity confirmed it offloaded the 13-level, 3,989 square metre building, which it acquired in April 2007.

“400 Queen Street formed part of an amalgamated group of four adjoining commercial buildings owned by TERF [Trinity Enhanced Return Fund], which are well positioned within the ‘golden triangle’ of the Brisbane CBD”, Trinity said. “The sale follows the divestment of 410 Queen Street for $23.8 million and 20 South Wharf for $5.5 million earlier this year.

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Australand Unveils $160 Million Kangaroo Point Project, Brisbane

Yungaba HouseAUSTRALAND has unveiled plans for its $160 million Kangaroo Point apartment project in Brisbane.

The controversial project will be developed on Brisbane’s historic Yungaba House site, which was the first property to be put on the state’s heritage register in 1992. The State government sold the site to Australand.

The project will include 68 units in the first stage, and ten luxury homes in the second stage, which will be built into the historic riverfront home.

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Mirvac Sells 180 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD, For $22 Million

QUEENSLAND developer Kevin Seymour has paid $22 million for Brisbane’s Country Road building, at 180 Queen Street.

The heritage listed building was offloaded by the Mirvac PFA Diversified Property Trust, which purchased the asset in October 2005. It was last valued on Mirvac’s website in June 2007, at $25.5 million.

The 9-level building once accommodated a banking chamber. The property is on the northern end of the Queen Street Mall between David Jones and the Broadway on the Mall shopping centre. It is also opposite the Wintergarden and Hilton Complex.

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South African’s Redefine Properties in Talks to Buy a Share of Cromwell

SOUTH African property group Redefine Properties is reported to be in discussions to buy a 25 per cent stake in the Brisbane-based Cromwell Group property trust.

Cromwell revealed it was in talks with the South African company in statements to the market.

“Cromwell is discussing corporate opportunities with a number of parties, includign some potential institutional investors,” the trust said in a market announcement reported by the AFR.

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Lend Lease Announces Stapling Proposal

Lend Lease today announced a plan to become a stapled entity, with newly created trust: Lend Lease Trust (LLT).

A copy of the announcement is below:

Lend Lease Corporation (“Lend Lease”) today announced a proposal to become a stapled entity (“Stapling Proposal”) on ASX. This will be achieved by distributing units in a newly created trust, Lend Lease Trust (“LLT”) to shareholders on a 1:1 basis and “stapling” each unit and share together so that they trade on ASX as a stapled security.

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Grocon, Oaktree Capital Management Make Bid for Multiplex Prime Property Fund

THE funds management division of Melbourne-based developer Grocon, and US-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management have made an offer for the Multiplex Prime Property Fund, with a $109 million cash and hybrid security offer.

The move would see Grocon take over the management of the fund, and unit holders walk away from a second instalment obligation, due in 2011. Investors would sell their units for 2 cents each, they are currently worth 1 cent.

It’s reported discussions have been underway between the groups since May this year, and that any deal would see the Grocon-Oaktree consortium pay an upfront $45 million to banks, and a further $56 million to pay some of the upcoming second instalment liability.

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Lend Lease to Acquire Balance of Lend Lease Primelife Group

Lend Lease today announced a bid to acquire almost 57 per cent of the Lend Lease Primelife Group.
A copy of the announcement is below:

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Lend Lease Corporation (“Lend Lease”) today announced that it has entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement (“SIA”) with Lend Lease Primelife Group (“Primelife”) under which Lend Lease will acquire all of the securities it does not already own in Primelife for A$0.31 per security. Lend Lease currently owns 43.2% of the securities in, and is the manager of, Primelife.

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Stockland to Double Retirement Portfolio, Appoints New Head

SYDNEY-based developer Stockland is continuing to ramp up its potentially lucrative retirement living division, appointing former management consultant David Pitman to the new role of group strategy head.

Mr Pitman said he wants to double the group’s retirement portfolio to about 8,000 units over the next five to six years, which would boost department earnings from the current 7 per cent it contributes to Stockland’s total coffers.

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Trinity Offloads $51m In Offices

QUEENSLAND-based property group Trinity has offloaded three commercial office buildings for more than $51 million.

The sales include Brisbane’s 410 Queen Street which sold to a private investor for $23.8 million, and a small wharf building which sold for $5.26 million. Trinity also offloaded an office building in King William Street Adelaide for $21.75 million.

Trinity announced to the ASX earlier this week it recorded a $225 million loss with $46 million attributed to devaluations.

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Valad Sells St Leonards Office Building at a Discount, For $19 Million

VALAD Property Group has recorded a huge loss from the sale of a seven-level office building on Sydney’s North Shore.

The 39 – 41 Chandos Street office sold to fund manager Markham Corp for $19.05 million in September, after previously being valued this year at $20.9 million.

Valad paid just over $24 million for the office in late 2007.

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GPT May Split Oz and European Assets, as Part of New Strategy

Michael CameronTHE giant GPT Group is understood to be entertaining a plan to split its commercial property assets into two separate vehicles, designed to make the group look more appealing to investors, and improve the group’s negotiation position with banks.

The proposal will see Australian owned office towers and shopping centres managed by one fund, and a swag of “toxic” European assets (owned with failed investment group Babcock & Brown), managed by another fund.

The decision follows capital raisings to the tune of more than $1.7 billion, since GPT’s new chief executive and former banker Michael Cameron took the helm on May 1. In total the group has raised about $3.3 billion in the past 18 months.

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