4 Edmonton Office Towers Just Sold for Surprising Prices

When a large, national Real Estate Investment Trust decided to offload their Alberta assets, they wasted little time disposing roughly $200 million worth of office buildings.  These sales come on the heels of writing down $748 million for their portfolio in Q2 of last year.

The decision to sell was likely driven by the large amount of office vacancy in Calgary.  Jane Gavan, the REIT’s CEO, thinks the vacancy problem will persist for awhile still:

“Even if the economy recovers, we expect it’s going to take some time for businesses to add people and to require more space” 

While much attention has been drawn to Calgary’s vacancy rate and the foreseeable challenges in that market, the REIT also elected to include a number of office buildings in Edmonton into the disposition.   Data has started trickling in from a few of the recent transactions and the prices are quite startling.

HSBC Bank Place: 10250 – 101 Street.  324,767 square feet.  Sold for $35,000,000.  Previously sold in December 2010 for $83,400,000.

Enbridge Place: 10130 – 103 Street.  263,660 square feet.  Sold for $25,000,000.  Previously sold in April 2010 for $90,850,000.

HSBC Building: 10055 – 106 Street. 118,747 square feet.  Sold for $12,250,000.  Previously sold in August 2011 for $28,570,000.

Milner Building:  10030 – 104 Street. 177,645 square feet.  Sold for $7,500,000.  Previously sold in August 2011 for $40,170,000.

Those four buildings alone declined $163,240,000 in a matter of 6 – 7 years.  It must be distressing for owners of similar properties, however, we do not believe these recent sales to be indicative of the market as a whole.  This was a case where a seller decided they wanted to lower their exposure to a particular market and did so in quick order.  It will undoubtedly distort the market for other downtown office towers, but we do not believe it will spill over into smaller buildings or other asset classes.

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “4 Edmonton Office Towers Just Sold for Surprising Prices

    • Not really. The amount of downtown vacancies are very large, as is clearly obvious given the number of for sale/for lease signs, and the number of retail shops that are closing. Walking through the Downtown retails malls show very little “shopping” in the evenings. My guess is that the rapid escalation in parking costs, the large reduction in parking available, etc has stimulated customers to go outside of the Downtown core for their hsopping needs. Although Roger’s place and the ICE district has stimulated more visibility to the downtown it has also created collateral damage to a number of buildings and businesses. Perhaps this is a new business direction for the City? Hard to say, but when you see so many vacant downtown towers, towers being sold at deeply discounted prices, and retail moving out of the Downtown… it is hard to be optimistic on this “new” business direction.

    • Your guess is as good as ours! Assuming the price of oil stays above $50 / barrel I think the provincial economy will fare well for the balance of 2017 and into 2018 though.

  • Perhaps a much needed correction for what might have been very overvalued buildings. Note that 2 of the 4 are banks that can set their financing at whatever terms legally allowable, and thus these valuations could have been used to balance their books in a temporary fashion.
    The average residential rental rate around the city has also take a sharp decline, with a temporary up swing due to last years Fort Mac fires.
    Desmond

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