The modest improvement in the number of shopping centre transactions recorded last month continues. As a consequence, transactions are well up on a year earlier, although this remains off a low base. Similarly, in the three months to November, the volume (sqm) and value of transactions, whilst modest by historical comparison, are up on a year earlier. Cap rates, even though quite erratic on a month-to-month basis, have gravitated around the 6.5% level; around 75 basis points higher than a year ago.
The last couple of months have witnessed a very modest upturn in shopping centre transactions, albeit from a very low base. Consequently, transactions are at the same level of year earlier. In spite of some large retail asset changing hands at the end of the month, both the volume and value of transactions are still well down on a year ago, reflecting the continuing bias towards smaller shopping centre outlets. Cap rates have posted large fluctuations in recent months, to be marginally higher than a year earlier, but are over 100 basis points up on the cyclical low recorded in June 22.
A further $15 billion could be written off from the future values of Australia’s office and shopping centres assets, despite recent revaluations by Australia’s listed REITs.
Compared to asset write downs in the US and Europe, Australian listed property trusts posted only modest changes to capitalisation rates in the year to August 2023. Over the past 12 months, listed property owners have increased the cap rate of their office assets by 0.38% while, for shopping centres, cap rates have risen by 0.24%.
Shopping centre transactions, despite edging up marginally in September, continue to meander along at a low rate. Whilst the number of transactions, in the three months to September is slightly down on a year earlier, the value and volume (sqm) are marginally higher. The Data App also estimates shopping centre cap rates are slightly lower than a year earlier although, given the small number of transactions, domination of small retail assets, this continues to make the accuracy of cap rates problematical.
It continues to be the case very few shopping centres are changing hands. The Data App estimates the number of shopping centre transactions is the three months to August is over 60% lower than a year earlier. Consequently, both the volume (sqm) and value of shopping centre transactions are well down on a year earlier. The dearth of transactions makes the accuracy of cap rates particularly difficult, especially since these have been dominated by the non-discretionary, supermarket dominated, small retail assets.
The number of shopping centres changing hands continues to dwindle. According to The Data App estimates, in the three months to July, the number of shopping centres transacted was less than half that recorded the same time last year. Needless to say, the volume (sqm) and value were also well down on a year earlier. The continuing dearth of transactions makes the accuracy of cap rates difficult, especially since the bulk of recent activity have been for smaller, lower yielding, retail outlets.
The number of shopping centre transactions remains at a low ebb. In the first six months of this year, less than half the number of shopping centres changed hands compared to the same period a year earlier. Consequently, the volume (sqm) and value were also well down on a year earlier. The sparseness of transactions makes the current accuracy of cap rates more problematical. Even so, it seems reasonable to conclude, overall cap rates have increased by a shade under 200 basis points from their cyclical low. Continuing the trend, cap rates for smaller, everyday needs shopping centres, while having increased, remain well below those for larger destination shopping centres.
The number of shopping centre transactions continued to flounder in the three months to May, while the volume (sqm) and value of transactions, while stronger, have been boosted by some large assets changing hands. The low number of transactions is against a backdrop of cap rates now above 7%; up over 200 basis points on a year earlier. However, not all asset types have performed the same, with higher cap rates continuing to be associated with bigger, destination type, shopping centres.
Shopping centre transactions, which had started to gather some modest upwards momentum since the start of the year, virtually dried up as the Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse both collapsed. Consequently, both the number and volume (sqm) of shopping centre transactions was lower in the first quarter of this year compared to a year earlier. Shopping centre cap rates have continued to edge higher across the whole spectrum of asset types, reaching their highest level since May 2016 according to The Data App estimates.
Whilst the number of shopping centres changing hands has started to edge higher, they remain down for the three months to February compared to a year earlier, according to The Data App estimates. As in recent months, the volume (sqm) and value of transactions are also lower than a year ago. Clearly, part of the reason for the improvement in transactions is the increase in cap rates, which are close to 150 basis points higher than a year earlier.