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Augusta slots new single-asset fund in ahead of tourism fund
/ Augusta News

BOB DEY | PROPBD

Augusta Capital Ltd has delayed the launch of its tourism fund while it raises new capital for its industrial fund and starts a new single-asset fund.

The single-asset fund will hold a mixed-use property in Brisbane. It’s at 255-271 Gympie Rd, Kedron, and comprises 5 office, retail & childcare buildings. The property’s 6 tenancies are all occupied, giving a weighted average lease term of 7.7 years.

Augusta managing director Mark Francis said just before Christmas the new fund would acquire the property for $A21.52 million. Settlement is scheduled for 29 March. Augusta intends to raise $A15.1 million of equity, using a debt facility to fund the balance of the purchase price & establishment costs. Augusta expects to receive an offeror’s fee of about $A700,000. The offer won’t be underwritten and is expected to open in mid-February.

As a result of the timing of this offer and the timing of the Augusta Industrial Fund’s next capital-raising in February-March, Mr Francis said Augusta had determined to delay the establishment of the Augusta Tourism Fund until later in 2019. The 2 properties so far intended to go into it – 54 Cook St in Auckland & 7-19 Man St in Queenstown – will continue to be held on Augusta’s balance sheet until the tourism fund is established.