To capitalise on an appetite for industrial investments, the unlisted, open-ended Centuria Diversified Property Fund (CDPF) has secured two industrial facilities worth $50million on a 11.45-year Weighted Average Lease Expiry (WALE), underpinned by blue-chip national tenants.

CDPF secured a 5.4-ha greenfield site at 36 Caribou Drive, Direk, SA and will fund through the development of a c.22,000sqm warehouse with an end value of $38.25million.

The development is pre-let to one of Australia’s largest privately-owned steel distributors and manufacturers, Apex Steel Suppliers, on a 15-year leasei. Completion is expected in January 2023.

Additionally, the fund has settled the acquisition of an $11.75million purpose-built vehicle maintenance depot at 171 Camboon Road in Malaga, Perth, fully leased to a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-100 listed Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd on a 4.3-year term.

These are the first industrial acquisitions for the five-year-old diversified fund, building on Centuria’s existing $4.8billion industrial portfolio and strong industrial management capabilities.

The acquisitions increase CDPF’s industrial asset weighting to 21.5% while extending portfolio WALE from 3.65-years to 5.17-years and portfolio occupancy to 98.9 per cent.

Centuria joint chief executive Jason Huljich said there is strong appetite from industrial investments to secure quality industrial logistics assets that deliver compelling yields, especially in this low interest rate environment.

“We have seen this for our unlisted, fixed-term Centuria Industrial Income Fund No 1 (CIIF1), which was oversubscribed in February with more than $40million raised predominately from mum and dad investors, and in New Zealand we raised approximately $110million for the single-asset Visy glass manufacturing facility fund,” he said.

“These market conditions often attract the interest of offshore institutions, which is why we aim to secure Australian assets for Aussie retail investors through our unlisted fund offerings.”

Since its inception in June 2016, the Fund has delivered a 12.96 per cent per annum total net return. The Fund’s portfolio now includes six direct assets, nine indirect investments via Centuria’s unlisted funds, investment in listed AREITs, and cash-like products, collectively worth $242million.

Centuria head of funds management Ross Lees said the industrial acquisitions are in line with CDPF’s strategy to further diversify the fund’s direct property investments and supports investors’ appetite for this asset class.

“CDPF is committed to generating quality income streams underpinned by strong management capabilities across a portfolio of quality property assets,” he said.

The Direk development will provide a 21,160sqm warehouse, 820sqm office space, heavy duty hardstand, full drive around B Double truck access, and multiple on-grade roller doors with canopies for undercover loading. It is custom-built for Apex and will serve as its new steel storage and distribution facility.

The 40 per cent site coverage also enables future expansion.

The SA development is within the same estate as Centuria Industrial REIT’s 9-13 Caribou Drive, leased to Fisher & Paykel. Other neighbouring occupiers include Rand, Lindsay Transport, Cahill Transport, Hentschke Transport, SCF Containers and Nick Scali.

Direk is one of Adelaide’s major northern industrial precincts, benefiting from close proximity to Highway 1 and the recently completed Northern Connector, which improves connectivity to the broader major transport network.

The Malaga asset is a purpose-built vehicle maintenance depot, strategically located within the northern Perth industrial precinct, benefiting from close proximity to the Tonkin and Reid Highways. The property includes a 3,228sqm multi-level office, workshop with canopies, and truck wash facilities.

The property has a low 18 per cent site coverage within 1.8 ha, providing a value-add opportunity to redevelop and increase its potential in the future.

The WA asset has been occupied by Transpacific Cleanaway Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cleanaway Waste Management, since the 1980s.

CDPF is currently raising capital to fund the acquisition with a target raise of approximately $30million.