Merivale boosted its portfolio last month paying $32 million for the Duke of Gloucester hotel in Randwick. Iris Capital, led by Sam Arnaout, also recently bought iProsperity’s distressed portfolio of 17 Ibis hotels from AccorInvest for $180 million.
“I’m delighted to have purchased the Narwee Hotel from the Ryan family, and recognise the significance of selling a business having owned and operated it since 1987, Mr Arnaout said.
“The sale process was clinical, and the impressive presentation and positioning of the asset satisfied not only our key investment criteria, but also met a geographical objective we held for that part of Sydney.”
HTL Property chief executive Andrew Jolliffe, who advised on the deal, said established investors are acquiring A-grade hospitality properties at a time when interest rates are at record low levels.
“When we consider the origin of the most recent capital deployment events, it is almost exclusively linked to leading groups such as Redcape, Merivale and Iris Capital”, Mr Jolliffe said.
Meanwhile CBRE research’s Chinmay Chitale said despite trade conditions improving across the country, with the exception of Victoria, the pub industry faces a key litmus test over the next 12 to 18 months.
“JobKeeper payments are being gradually phased out and amnesty periods offered by banks are expiring, and this will place further stress on balance sheets in the future,” Mr Chitale said.
“Furthermore, rent abatements are due to kick back in with the additional 50 per cent rent to be added to existing rents over the remainder of lease terms.”
He added that pub businesses should take solace, however, from the Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget initiative to provide full capital asset deductions and loss carry-back provisions as a measure to reduce tax burdens and improve profitability moving forward.
According to Mr Chitale, the measures should help alleviate some medium-term pressure off their balance sheets.
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Carolyn Cummins is Commercial Property Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.