Hotel freehold sale sets Queensland yield record

14 September, 2018 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

Charter Hall purchases Club Hotel Waterford for $22 million at a yield of 5.68 per cent.

Club Hotel Waterford, a Coles-leased hotel in South East Queensland, has been acquired by the ASX-listed Charter Hall Long WALE REIT for $22 million.

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The hotel is leased to Liquorland, a subsidiary of Wesfarmers’ Coles division. Coles (Liquorland) is the country’s second largest hotel operator, with a portfolio of 89 pubs.

CBRE Hotels’ Director Paul Fraser managed the sale process on behalf of Waterford West Pty Ltd.

“In a sign of the continued strength of the hotel sector, the sale of the property was transacted at a yield of 5.68 per cent – a new record for a freehold pub investment in Queensland,” Mr Fraser said.

Club Hotel Waterford occupies a 1.1ha corner site, offering two main arterial road frontages. The tavern features 45 gaming machines, a sports bar, First-Choice liquor barn, three detached bottle shops, and is set to undergo a $1.25m refurbishment under the terms of the new lease agreement.

“The new double net lease has an initial 15-year term with three options of ten years, ensuring a long term, secure investment opportunity,” Mr Fraser noted.

“Assets of this quality are highly sought after and typically generate buyer interest from multiple groups seeking long term, security of income. Even with all economic indicators pointing to an increase in the cost of debt over the longer term, confidence remains strong for this asset class with the limited availability of stock being a major factor in the end pricing.”