Charter Hall Acquire $269 PFD Portfolio

4 May 2021

Charter Hall’s $6bill wholesale industrial and logistics fund CPIF has acquired 25 PFD Food Services cold store and distribution centres for $269m.

PFD is the country’s largest privately owned food service distributor and is the target of a proposed acquisition by Woolworths. The business’ range includes chilled, dry and frozen products, fresh seafood and meat, confectionary, paper and cleaning goods.

The Portfolio is located across Australia, with the majority of income derived from Victoria (55%) followed by Queensland (23%) and South Australia (10%), and 90% of the Portfolio (by value) is located in metropolitan industrial precincts. The Portfolio has a site area of approximately 292,665sqm and ~82,331sqm of GLA and has a low overall site coverage ratio of 28% providing CPIF with future expansion capability.

Charter Hall’s Managing Director and Group CEO, David Harrison, said “We are delighted to secure the PFD Food Services portfolio off-market. This acquisition continues our momentum in securing sale and leaseback portfolios from leading corporates and demonstrates the Group’s ability to close large transactions, swiftly and efficiently within the desired timeframes of vendors. The properties were acquired off-market and is a testament to our ability to work with corporates to develop tailored deal structures that support their broader investment strategies and release capital back into their business.”

PFD Food Services founder, Rick Smith commented “We are pleased to partner with such an experienced owner of warehouse and logistics property. It provides a key new relationship to facilitate the further growth that we are enthusiastically planning for the business.”

Charter Hall continues to be extremely active in the industrial market acquiring more than $2.5 billion in industrial and logistics facilities so far in FY21 and $6.3 billion in the past 3 years. Charter Hall’s total industrial portfolio now stands at $12.7 billion with a $2.3 billion development pipeline.

CPIF Fund Manager, Richard Mason, said “The portfolio provides access to a secure and growing income stream over the long term which is underpinned by a 13.8-year WALE with a double net lease structure and annual rent reviews of 2.8%. The acquisition also increases CPIF’s sector leading weighted average lease expiry (WALE) to 10.7 years.”

“The PFD Food Services acquisition also adds to CPIF’s substantial portfolio in the food logistics sector, with 54% of the portfolio now leased to high quality food and beverage companies including Coles, Woolworths, Metcash, ALDI, Coca-Cola Amatil, Lion Dairy and Arnotts,” said Mr Mason.

CPIF’s $6.3 billion portfolio is one of Australia’s largest industrial and logistics portfolios comprising a geographically diverse, high quality portfolio of industrial and logistics assets, underpinned by longterm leases and strong tenant covenants, with a further $1.1 billion WALE accretive committed development pipeline. CPIF’s investors include Australian superannuation funds, global pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.