Hastings Napier Rents and Yields Summary June 2009


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Hastings & Napier Commercial Property Market Rents & Yields Summary


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  • Commercial property markets locally, nationally and worldwide have experienced greater vacancies of property, weaker tenant demand, rental value decline and subsequent capital value reduction over the last six months. The gap between yields on prime and secondary property has widened, and the definition of prime has become more narrow. However the local property markets of Hastings and Napier are proving resilient although not immune to these issues.
  • Certain sectors of the market are still performing strongly and it should be remembered that this property index measures prime property across the sectors. Locally we are still producing positive total returns.
  • There are grounds for cautious optimism as current economic indicators point towards greater economic activity, growth in consumer spending, rises in business confidence, house sale increases and increased migration, although this must be tempered by rising unemployment to date.
  • Potential investors should remain cautious but opportunities do exist for well researched purchasers who understand the fundamental drivers of the property market.

Investment Yields

  • Investment property yields are still under some pressure to ease, with the Napier All Property Yield down 20 basis points (bp) from December 2008 finishing the June quarter at 7.6%. While Hastings remained neutral overall at 8.0%
  • The Napier retail sector, with it’s dynamics of constrained supply in the prime core actually saw a strengthening of yields. All other sectors experienced a weakening in yields with the most significant movement in the office sector


Yields % Actual Yield Yield Shift
Jun 08 Dec 08 Jun 09 6 mths to
Jun 09
12 mths to
Jun 09
Hst Npr Hst Npr Hst Npr Hst Npr Hst Npr
Retail 7.2 7.0 7.7 6.7 7.6 6.6 0.1 0.1 -0.4 0.4
Office 7.8 7.3 8.1 7.7 8.2 8.2 -0.1 -0.5 -0.4 -0.9
Industrial 8.1 7.7 8.1 7.8 8.2 7.9 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2
All Property 7.6 7.3 8.0 7.4 8.0 7.6 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3

*Note: Hst=Hastings, Npr=Napier

Jun 08 Dec 08 Jun 09
10 Yr Govt Bond Rate 6.42 4.88 5.97
OCR 8.25 5.00 2.50
CPI 4.00 3.40 1.90
90 Day Bank Bill Rate 8.68 5.23 2.78

The yield gap has closed over the last six months by 100bp with the movement in longer term interest rates. Property is now yielding 200bp above Government Bonds in Hastings and 150bp in Napier. There has been significant movement downwards on the other three measures, (refer to table at left) underpinning the attractiveness of the All Property Yield.

Rental Growth

Rental growth has continued to decline with the All Property Index showing -0.5% growth in both markets over the last six months. There are some notable variances within the individual sectors with the office sector under the most pressure.

Rents Nominal Rental Value Growth %
Jan 09 - Jun 09 Jul 08 - Jun 09
Hst Npr Hst Npr
Retail 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Office -1.1 -1.2 -1.2 -1.1
Industrial -0.4 -0.3 -0.5 -1.0
All Property -0.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.7

*Note: Hst=Hastings, Npr=Napier

Morice Hastings & Napier Index Returns Annual Return June 09 Total Return % Income Return % Capital Return %
City Hst Npr Hst Npr Hst Npr
Retail 3.3 12.5 7.3 7.0 -4.0 5.5
Office 1.3 -5.3 7.7 7.2 -6.4 -12.6
Industrial 4.0 4.4 7.9 7.7 -4.0 -3.3
All Property 2.9 3.9 7.7 7.3 -4.8 -3.4

*Note: Hst=Hastings, Npr=Napier

Annualised Total Return %
3-Years 5-Years
Hst Npr Hst Npr
10.4 12.0 16.9 17.5
7.1 2.7 13.9 11.3
9.2 9.2 15.9 15.9
8.9 8.0 15.6 14.9


Comparative Data


  • Commercial property in both Hastings and Napier have shown positive total returns of 2.9% and 3.9% respectively. Capital values in both cities have declined and the positive total return is underpinned by the income returns of each sector. The prime retail in Napier is the best performer with yields strengthening. Conversely the office sector in both markets have seen negative rental growth and a weakening of yields. They have produced the worst total return numbers across all the sectors.
Total Returns %
June 2009 3 Yrs 5 Yrs
NZSX50 Index - 12.48 -7.96 0.73
Property Equities (NZX Property Index) - 18.57 -6.25 3.84
10-Year Government Bonds 5.43 5.93 5.92
Inflation 1.90 2.63 2.94
  • The annualised returns of 3 and 5 years are still showing good positive returns especially compared to other asset classes, but they are continuing on a downward trend from previously reported figures.
  • The sample of total returns for different commercial property markets worldwide reminds us of the bigger picture. The vast majority of property markets are now reporting negative total returns including Australia and the wider New Zealand property market.
World-Wide Commercial Property Markets
Country Total Return % Period & Indexs
Australia -7.2% Year to June 2009
Canada -1.2% Year to June 2009
Ireland -39.0% Year to June 2009 Quarterly Index
Japan -5.7% Year to April 2009 *Indicative
New Zealand -0.8% Year to March 2009
UK -22.1% Year to Dec 2008

For further information please telephone (06) 835 3682 or contact via email:

Simon Dunn    simon@morice.co.nz
Brian Sides    brian@morice.co.nz

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The Morice average rent & yields summary prime property index returns are based upon a sample of actual properties that have been selected to be representative of the Hastings & Napier commercial property market. These have been valued on hypothetical terms to reflect the likely market rent for that property if let in the current market, subject to prevailing market conditions. A consistent approach with establishing relative values ensures that reliable trends and indicators can then be identified.

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Data Sources: NZSX data provided by the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Securities and Commodities data provided by Bloomberg. Inflation and Bond data provided by the Reserve Bank. Global Property Returns supplied by IPD. World Wide Commercial Property Market data supplied by IPD.


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