The West Australian - February 13,2009
The owners of Australia’s biggest equipment hire group, Coates Hire, are auctioning seven WA sites next month in the hope of reaping more than $15 million.
The Carlyle Group and Kerry Stokes’ National Hire Group, which bought out Coates Hire a year ago, are selling land in regional and metropolitan WA with properties in Kwinana, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Newman, Tom Price, Kambalda and Collie.
Each of the properties will be leased back by Coates Hire on a 12-year lease, for rents ranging from $35,000 to $580,000 a year.
Colliers International industrial and commercial sales and leasing executive Greg O’Meara, who is handling the portfolio, said the sale was an opportunity for smaller investors to buy an industrial investment, in some cases for $300,000 to $400,000, with a blue-chip national tenant.
The three biggest properties, in Kwinana, Port Hedland and Kalgoorlie, would appeal to investors in the $5 million to $7 million range.
“The strength of the offering is the strong tenant,” Mr O’Meara said. “The properties by and large are in good industrial locations, in mining towns for the most part, and provide good cash flows. People are buying an income stream but they are also buying a piece of real estate. Self-funded retirees who have been hit by market uncertainty in recent months can look at getting an excellent return on their money.”
The seven properties will be auctioned on March 11.
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