WestCity mall at Henderson.

Colliers to manage WestCity for new Adelaide owners

The Adelaide-based Angaet Property Group, which bought the WestCity mall at Henderson from the Scentre Group at a steep discount to target price at the end of last year, has appointed Colliers to manage the centre.

Angaet is owned by the DiMauro family, headed by Nick DiMauro & his son Michael, who have built up a portfolio of 25 shopping centres around Australia.

Angaet paid $A147 million for WestCity, over 20% short of the $A175 million price tag quoted by the Australian Financial Review when the property went back on the market last September. However, that price is just short of the book value ($NZ161.5 million/$A150.6 million) ascribed to WestCity in Scentre’s annual report out yesterday. The Scentre report put WestCity’s cap rate at 8.38%.

WestCity has a net lettable area of 36,108m² on a 5ha site, is anchored by Countdown, Farmers, The Warehouse & Event Cinemas, and has 130 specialty stores & 1492 parking spaces.

The sale was reported in Australia on 1 December, when it was subject to Overseas Investment Office approval, but Scentre said nothing about it until it was mentioned in passing in the group’s annual results release yesterday.

Colliers quoted Nick DiMauro yesterday: “I believe WestCity is a vibrant shopping centre, and the many infrastructure projects around the Henderson area in the near future will enhance the centre’s prominent position.

“We look forward to working with Colliers International to provide the best possible shopping experience for the residents of Henderson & its surrounding communities.”

Colliers will take over management of the centre from settlement.

6 of the 40 malls on Scentre’s books last year were in New Zealand, and WestCity was the last still wholly owned by the company after it sold 49% of 5 of them – Albany, Manukau, Newmarket, Riccarton & St Lukes – to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, at the end of 2014.

Scentre put WestCity & the other 3 New Zealand centres on the market in 2015 and sold 3 at the end of that year – Glenfield to Ladstone Holdings Ltd, Queensgate in Lower Hutt & Chartwell in Hamilton to the Diversified fund managed by Stride Property Ltd – for a combined $549 million.

Attribution: Company & agency releases.

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