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Lester Group investor news
27 November 2019

Investors pocket $11.5m profit
Lester Group has sold another Sydney property for a profit of more than $11.5 million after just four years. This is their third sale from the Sydney market in the past year, each delivering substantial profits to their investors and generated more than 18%pa internal rate of return for their investors.

The most recent sale was an office building at 12 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park, for $26.25 million having paid $14.56 million in 2015. The property is a 3,800sqm four level office building with parking for 86 cars on a 4,149sqm site. The property has a weighted average lease expiry (WALE) of 6.25 years and features a long-term lease to Montessori Academy on the ground floor. Lester Group undertook a refurbishment programme and leased up some 2,200sqm during their ownership.

“We are delighted that our strategy to reposition and re-lease the property, coupled with NSW strong economic fundamentals has resulted in considerable value add for our syndicate members.” said Lester Group Director Russell Lester.

Bevan Kenny and Chris Veitch of CI Australia facilitated the sale on behalf of Lester Group.

Lester Group was the largest investor in its own syndicate that held the property.

“This has been a great result,” said Mr Lester. “The property provided solid income throughout and substantial gain to close out the fund after just four years. The syndicate was initially intended to be for a six- year term, but the ducks have lined up to deliver a better -than-forecast result in a much shorter time frame. The Sydney market remains strong and we are happy to be selling into that strength”.

“We continue to actively look at assets across Australia with industrial and retail properties offering the most compelling opportunities”.

Lester Group has a $150 million-plus commercial property portfolio as well as three active land subdivisions and a fledgling manufactured home park business in Western Australia’s south west.

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Investor lunch presentation
Lester Group recently hosted a boardroom lunch at Perth's Parmelia Hilton with guest speaker, Daniel Gradwell, Associate Director of Property at ANZ. Attendees were treated to a highly informative presentation on the economic outlook of the Western Australian property market.

If you would like to attend the next boardroom lunch, express your interest in receiving an invitation by email.
Russell Lester speaking at the cocktail evening
Lester Group cocktail evening 
Early this month Lester Group held their annual cocktail party at The Art Gallery of Western Australia, celebrating the finalists of The Lester Prize for Portraiture (formerly the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture).

The evening included the book launch of Through the artist's eyes by Dr Shelley Craddock.

Lester Group thanks the team at The Lester Prize for Portraiture and all those who attended and continue to show their support. 

Read more about the winners of the 2019 Lester Prize for Portraiture.
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