Hornby syndication offered to investors

3:37 PM Friday April 13, 2018 True Commercial

Metropolitan Glass and Glazing Ltd (Metro Glass), is the tenant at 704 Halswell Junction Rd, Hornby. Photo / Supplied

A landmark warehouse and showroom property in the sought-after Christchurch industrial suburb of Hornby is being offered to investors through a proportionate ownership scheme.

Silverfin Capital Ltd has appointed Colliers International to market the syndication of 704 Halswell Junction Rd, Hornby.

Colliers’ syndications director Charlie Oscroft says it is an opportunity to secure a foothold in New Zealand’s buoyant industrial property sector without significant capital outlay.

Oscroft adds that the 22,004sq m industrial property is the flagship facility of long-term tenant Metropolitan Glass and Glazing Ltd (Metro Glass), a leading manufacturer and installer of double glazed windows and doors.

The 9663sq m premises were design built for the company in 2004, and Metro Glass recently extended its lease until 2026. Metro Glass is Australasia’s leading manufacturer and installer of double glazed windows for both new and retrofit residential properties, as well as commercial construction, he says.

“Metro Glass has an extensive network of four processing and 16 distribution or retail sites across New Zealand. The company also operates two processing and distribution sites in Melbourne and Sydney, via its subsidiary Australian Glass Group.”

Metro Glass’ parent company, Metro Performance Glass Limited, is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange.

Oscroft says Silverfin is offering wholesale and eligible investors a chance to acquire a beneficial interest in the property’s buildings and land.

The offer closes at 5pm on Friday, May 11, unless extended, withdrawn, or closed earlier.

The 704 Halswell Junction Road Scheme comprises 201 investment parcels of $50,000 each.

Investors are projected to receive a pre-tax cash return of 7.75 per cent per annum, forecast to March 31, 2020.

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The site includes a showroom, container handling facilities and parking spaces. Photo / Supplied

“Christchurch’s industrial market continues to go from strength to strength, with strong demand and low vacancy rates,” he says.

“This demand is evidenced by significant investor interest in the Halswell Junction Rd property, which Silverfin purchased for $18.6 million last month, representing a 6.6 per cent yield on rent.

“Silverfin is now giving private investors and family trusts a chance to capitalise on the property’s strong fundamentals through this proportionate ownership scheme.”

Situated on a substantial freehold section of 2.2ha, the two-level building features a conventional mix of quality showroom, offices and medium stud warehousing, with about 10 per cent office and 90 per cent warehouse.

The property was recently upgraded with a new 330sq m warehouse extension completed in 2016.

“The double span warehouse is efficiently laid out with 18 strategically placed roller doors, allowing for loading and drive-through access,” Oscroft says.

“The full-height feature showroom, designed by Sumich Chaplin, offers maximum profile and street appeal to the main arterial route of Haswell Junction Road.

“Two levels of well-appointed modern office space are located behind the showroom.”

Colliers broker Kris Ongley says the site has a substantial 3200sq m of yard space, offering full drive around access, two access points, expansive truck parking and container laydown areas, and good on-site car parking.

The building footprint is only about 42 per cent of the site, making further expansion possible.

“Metro Glass operates the site around the clock, six and half days a week, making it an integral part of its South Island operations,” Ongley says. “The tenant is heavily invested in this site and confirmed that the property works very well for its business.”

Ongley says the property is superbly located within the Hornby area, which is one of the most sought-after industrial locations in Christchurch.

A detailed seismic assessment report, completed in April 2018, found the building met 70 per cent of new building standards (NBS). The seismic rating means the building is not deemed either earthquake prone or at risk, and no structural strengthening is required under current regulations. However, as part of the sale to Silverfin, the vendor has agreed to carry out seismic strengthening work to bring the building to 100 per cent NBS.

The estimated repair cost of $247,500 net will be held in a trust account until the work is completed by the vendor, or paid to Silverfin if not completed within 18 months of settlement.

The 704 Halswell Junction Rd Scheme is managed by Silverfin, a licensed manager of managed investment schemes (excluding managed funds) that invest in real property.

Silverfin managing director Cheryl Macaulay says the scheme is structured to provide investors with a cash return from industrial real estate, without the burdens of private property ownership.

“Silverfin will manage the scheme and provide day-to-day facilities and property management services for the property,” she says.

“Our directors and management have considerable experience in property development, facilities and asset management, property investment, business administration and accounting.”

Silverfin has about $200m of commercial property assets under management, drawing upon Macaulay’s 18 years of commercial property and syndication experience.