Real estate fund managers CLSA and mezzanine lenders HCAP and TCAP are behind several of Brisbane’s residential apartment market plays and are likely to fuel further investment in the space over the next 12 months.
HCAP, which has already backed two Brisbane apartment projects, can be revealed as the buyer of the listed Aveo Group’s last site on Brisbane’s waterfront for $19.5 million.
Also, CLSA can be revealed as one of the mystery bidders behind an offer of more than $15 million for Consolidated Properties’ 550 Queen Street development. That site was purchased for just over $2 million two years ago, however Consolidated is holding out for an even better return.
The Hong Kong-based CLSA Capital Partners has a private equity real estate fund, Fudo Capital, which was set up to invest in value-added and or distressed investments in real estate assets across the Asia-Pacific region. It declined to comment. Other offshore companies such as Thakral Capital Australia (TCAP) has backed Tim Gurner’s 950-apartment development in Fortitude Valley alongside Point Corp’s south Brisbane project.
Other offshore developers from Singapore and Malaysia have also descended upon Brisbane development sites. Owners such as the Andrew Harper-lead Cornerstone Properties and local developer Kevin Seymour are sitting on key development sites and are the next to field such interest. The Seymour Group is selling its 58 Abbotsford Road development which has no residential approval but is within a prioritised economic development precinct.
“We have had a number of unsolicited approaches so we thought we would test the market and so far the result has been very strong particularly from offshore and interstate,” Seymour Group director Daniel Farquhar said.
Savill’s Anthony Ott and Peter Chapple have been dealing on the asset.
“There is without doubt, significant interest in the Brisbane residential market being shown by offshore groups,” Mr Ott said. “We have had visitation from a number of groups exploring opportunities in Australia for the first time and we see this trend continuing for some time,” Mr Ott said.
“While Sydney and Melbourne may have been the initial focus for a number of these groups we are seeing increasing interest being shown toward Brisbane for both [central business district] and suburban development opportunities.”
Mr Chapple said that while a number of groups were happy to secure opportunities to develop in their own right, others were preferring to partner with local developers in order to take advantage of their understanding of planning parameters and local market dynamics.