CPC divests seventh property in sale and leaseback arrangement

The firm has sold Manbulloo Station to an unidentified consortium but has leased the property back to keep running cattle there.

Consolidated Pastoral Company has continued the divestment of its portfolio with the sale and leaseback of a cattle station in the Northern Territory to a consortium with domestic and foreign interests.

Agri Investor understands that CPC has agreed to sell Manbulloo Station for approximately A$25 million ($17.4 million; €15.5 million) and immediately lease it back from the buyer in order to be able to keep running cattle on the property.

Manbulloo Station covers 379,130 hectares and has frontages to both the Katherine and King rivers. It has a carrying capacity of approximately 20,000 head of cattle.

The identity of the buyer has not been disclosed but it is understood to be a consortium comprising both Australian and overseas investors. The terms of the lease have also not been disclosed.

A CPC spokeswoman declined to comment on the deal.

CPC is owned by UK-based private equity firm Terra Firma and its portfolio is now down to nine properties.

Chief executive Troy Setter said in April that CPC continues to be “actively engaged” with buyers interested in its portfolio “as a whole and in parts.”

Manbulloo is the seventh property to be sold since CPC put its portfolio of northern Australia cattle stations on the market in March 2018.

The divestment process began in October 2018 with the sale of Nockatunga Station in Queensland to Cleveland Agriculture for around A$50 million, followed by the sale of three cattle stations in NT and Western Australia to Vietnamese investment group Clean Agriculture and International Tourism for A$135 million.

CPC most recently sold two Queensland properties earlier this year to Baldy Bay, a company owned by cattle station operator Sterling Buntine, for approximately A$70 million in total.

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