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Charter Hall Retail Management Limited, as responsible entity of Charter Hall Retail REIT (ASX:CQR) today announces an investment in a new Charter Hall managed Partnership that has contracted to acquire a 49% interest in a portfolio of 225 Long WALE Convenience Retail properties leased to BP Australia Pty Ltd (BP).
The portfolio consists of the majority of BP’s owned Convenience Retail properties in Australia. The portfolio has a WALE of 20 years, with staggered lease expiries from 18 to 22 years and triple-net structure with annual CPI increases.
The Charter Hall managed Partnership will be owned 30% by Charter Hall Retail REIT, 50% by Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (ASX:CLW) and 20% by Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC).
Charter Hall Retail REIT’s equity commitment for its 30% interest is approximately $137 million, which will be funded through contracted and planned asset divestments.
In addition to previously disclosed asset sales, a further five assets have been contracted to divest to the value of $117m consisting of four freestanding regionally located assets at Moe, Kyneton, and Bairnsdale in Victoria, Cooma in NSW and Erindale Shopping Centre, ACT. These assets have been contracted at a combined 3.5% premium to 30 June 2019 book values. CQR intends divesting a further $100 million approximately of non core assets in an orderly divestment program to maintain portfolio gearing in the middle of the target 30-40% range.
Charter Hall Retail CEO, Greg Chubb said:
“This is a portfolio enhancing acquisition which extends CQR’s position as the leading owner and manager of convenience-based retail assets. The BP portfolio provides a stable and secure growing income stream with annual CPI increases and a very efficient triple-net lease structure. This acquisition is an appropriate long WALE low risk recycling opportunity for the proceeds of our non core divestment program”