Kiwi Property buys Westgate mall for $82.5 million
By Suze Metherell
Sept. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Kiwi Property Group, the country's largest listed property investor, paid $82.5 million for the Westgate retail centre in Auckland being developed by New Zealand Retail Property Group.
The 25,500 square foot shopping centre, known as Zone 7, has 87 percent of pre-committed lease agreements with a weighted average lease term of 8.1 years, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. The Westgate mall is due to open in March next year with 28 shops and 622 car parks.
The purchase comes after Kiwi Property bought the Apex Mega Centre in Mt Wellington in Auckland for $64 million last December as it expands its retail footprint. In June, the company raised $151.9 million from shareholders via a one-for-nine entitlement offer.
“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of growing our Auckland retail sector exposure, specifically in dominant regional centres and large format retail locations favoured by the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan," said chief executive Chris Gudgeon. "Westgate is a Metropolitan Centre under the Unitary Plan and we believe it will emerge as one of Auckland’s favoured retail destinations, particularly for large format retail, with very positive attributes in terms of population growth, household formation and motorway accessibility.”
The shares fell 0.4 percent $1.305 and have gained 6.4 percent since the start of the year.