SYDNEY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Opal Aged Care (formerly Domain Principal Group) and Stockland announced an agreement for Opal Aged Care to acquire Stockland’s aged care portfolio. The acquisition signals the start of a longer term partnership through cooperation on future co-located retirement living and aged care sites.
The deal between one of the country’s leading aged care providers and Australia’s largest diversified property group, will see Opal Aged Care acquire 366 operating beds from Stockland across four sites in New South Wales and Victoria, and a further 92 offline licences assigned to the development of a potential new aged care facility in Winston Hills, New South Wales.
As part of the strategic partnership, the two companies have exchanged contracts for the sale of Stockland’s four aged care facilities to Opal Aged Care for $25.6 million, including $4.5 million of deferred payments. This is below book value at 31 December 2013, reflecting the upcoming demolition and redevelopment of the Cardinal Freeman site.
Managing Director, Gary Barnier said Opal Aged Care is in a strong position moving forward.
“This acquisition has given us an opportunity to strengthen our position as a leading specialist aged care provider, and is another example of our exciting future,” Mr Barnier said.
“Domain Principal Group’s recent rebrand to Opal Aged Care and our new partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia supports our vision and represents a new era of aged care.
“Our partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia is the largest educational partnership ever undertaken with an aged care provider and will result in our 5,000 staff being trained in specialist dementia care within the next two years.
“We’re excited to roll out the changes and introduce fresh thinking to the models of aged care in our homes, including these new homes from Stockland,” Mr Barnier said.
“We’re committed to ensuring a smooth transition for both residents and staff of the homes we’re acquiring, and look forward to a long term partnership with Stockland,” said Mr Barnier.
“We undertook a detailed search to find to a well established, high quality operator capable of taking over this area of our business,” said Stephen Bull, Stockland Group Executive and CEO Retirement Living.
“We’ll work with Opal to pursue the development and operation of specialised aged care services where the land and opportunity exists at other sites within our Retirement Living portfolio,” Mr Bull explained.
The acquisition will settle in July subject to the approval of the Department of Social Services with Opal Aged Care and Stockland working closely to ensure a seamless transition for both residents and staff. All existing resident bond and employee agreements will be transferred to Opal Aged Care without change.
About Opal Aged Care
Opal Aged Care, which recently re-branded from Domain Principal Group, delivers specialist aged care and provides residential high care, through its highly trained and professional workforce. Opal is an industry leading organisation and on completion of the acquisition will care for 4,900 residents across 60 homes and employ more than 5,500 staff.
Opal Aged Care focuses on the provision of specialist residential care, particularly for those with dementia and has recently formed a new partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia to ensure its residents with dementia receive high quality support, from expertly trained staff, to maintain their independence and dignity. www.opalagedcare.com.au
Stockland is Australia's largest diversified property group. They develop and manage retail centres, industrial sites, office buildings, residential communities and retirement living villages. Stockland has over 60 years’ experience in creating vibrant communities, and has 62 retirement communities across Australia. They are committed to fulfilling the needs of older Australians. The Stockland Retirement Living villages provide a safe and secure environment while also allowing residents to maintain their independence. www.stockland.com.au