port macquarie marina purchased by ma financial group for marina fund
Port Macquarie Marina. Image: Supplied.
  • The two marinas were purchased for $20M.
  • The acquisitions will complement the existing portfolio of 10 d'Albora marinas in the MA Marina Fund.

Global alternative asset manager, MA Financial (ASX: MAF), has entered into an agreement to purchase Batemans Bay Marina and Port Macquarie Marina for $20 million from James Marshall, founder and managing director of Marprop, Real Estate Investors.

MA Financial said the two east coast marinas will complement the firm’s existing portfolio of 10 d’Albora marinas in the MA Marina Fund.

The MA Marina Fund was established in April this year with the acquisition of 10 marinas within the d’Albora network for $225 million. The network includes marinas up and down the eastern seaboard, including Rushcutters Bay, The Spit, and Cabarita Point in Sydney Harbour.

Joint CEO of MA Financial, Julian Biggins, said the acquisition of the two additional marinas is aligned with the firm’s strategy, driven by increasing investor demand for alternative real estate assets.

“We’re delighted with the purchase of the two new marinas,” he said.

“We have received significant interest in the MA Marina Fund from domestic and international investors keen for exposure to defensive, cash-generative assets largely uncorrelated to other asset classes.

“These two new facilities will help enhance the Fund’s offering.”

A positive outlook

“Boat registration numbers on the east coast continue to rise, outpacing the supply of new marina berths which are limited by a strict regulatory environment and the lack of available and suitably located development land and seabed,” said Biggins.

“We expect the supply-demand dynamic will continue to drive strong revenue and earnings for marina operators.”

MA Financial Group is largely focused on the active management of alternative assets and has significant investment and operational capability in retail, hospitality, and other alternative real estate assets.

The firm expects continued growth in alternatives as investor interests shift beyond traditional real estate sectors.

“Globally we are seeing substantial growth in institutional allocation to alternative investments, which is estimated to almost double over five years and grow to $23 trillion by 2026.”

ma financial purchases batesman bay marina for marina fund
Batemans Bay Marina. Image: Supplied.

Marshall said the successful sale underpins the appeal of well-located marinas in Australia.

“Port Macquarie and Batemans Bay are among the fastest growing areas in New South Wales which contribute to their appeal and value,” he said.

“We are confident these popular assets will thrive under the capable and experienced management of MA Financial, ensuring operational continuity for customers and members and successful outcomes for their investors,” Marshall concluded.

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