14/08/2015 - 10:22

Satterley buys Peet estate for $93m

14/08/2015 - 10:22


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Satterley buys Peet estate for $93m
An artist's impression of parklands in the Arena Estate. Photo: Peet

Satterley Property Group has increased its Victorian land bank, buying fellow Western Australia-based developer Peet's 1,350-lot Arena Estate in the Greenvale area for $93.1 million.

As well as the residential lots, the estate, which Peet began developing in 2014, also includes a $9 million sports precinct.

Satterley Property Group managing director Nigel Satterley said the company remained committed to increasing its market share in Victoria, with two of his company's estates in the state, Riverstone and Coburg, nearing completion.

“The purchase of Arena refreshes our development pipeline in the strategic Hume growth corridor,” Mr Satterley said.

“Arena is already trading and is essentially an infill site within highly sought-after Greenvale.

“It's close proximity to transport, schools, arterial transport and amenities is another big drawcard for purchasers.”

The acquisition of Arena follows Satterley Property Group's purchase of the127ha Arcadia Estate from Places Victoria for $53.5 million in October last year.

Mr Satterley said the group's market share in Victoria had more than tripled over the past two years, from 3 per cent to more than 10 per cent.

He said the group was upbeat about its Victorian opportunities.

“While the residential market is in the spotlight at the moment, the fundamentals are positive, underpinned by buyer demand, strong confidence and sustainable growth in land development values,” Mr Satterley said.

Peet managing director Brendan Gore said the deal would allow the developer to focus on other projects.

He said the proceeds of the sale, which will occur in several instalments over three years, would provide the Perth-based property firm with cash to fund a number of growth opportunities currently in the works.

Peet continues to manage and leverage its asset base in a manner that maximises the return on the capital it employs and ensures the company is well-positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities as they arise,” Mr Gore said.

Meanwhile, Peet also confirmed today that it expected a 27 per cent rise in net profit to $38.5 million, ahead of its previously announced guidance of $38 million.

The developer has flagged a final dividend of 3 cents per share, to bring the full-year dividend to 4.5 cents per share, fully franked.

Peet’s gearing at June 30 was 23.8 per cent, compared to 29.8 per cent as at June 30 (last year) and was at the lower end of its target range of 20-30 per cent,” the company said in a statement.

Peet plans to release its full-year results on August 27.

Shares in Peet were 5.4 per cent higher to $1.17 at 9:50am.



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