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We are pleased to offer investors the opportunity to participate in the SJH Hotel Fund. The Fund owns and operates a portfolio of freehold and long term leasehold hotels in the Newcastle Region, NSW, Australia under a turn key management team. The portfolio is supported by an institutional operator focused on acquiring, redeveloping and operating pubs in order to generate strong cash yields and capital growth for investors.


Diversified portfolio: Freehold and long term leasehold hotels in the Newcastle/Hunter region, NSW, Australia

Fund size: $39.5 million

Target distributions: 7.50%p.a.

Distributions paid: Quarterly

Key points

  • Strong and stable historical earnings and cash flow, underpinned by multiple revenue streams including gaming, food and bar, retail and accommodation.
  • Stable cash yield: target cash distributions to investors of 7.50% per annum, paid quarterly. Like all investments, the performance of the Fund is not guaranteed.
  • Hunt Hospitality is an institutional grade operator with an intimate knowledge of each of the venues and has been successfully operating them for more than five years.
  • Opportunity for operational improvements: Selective capital investment projects will provide earnings growth opportunities. Minimal upfront
    capex will be required given the age and quality of the assets.
  • Debt financing on attractive terms: Senior debt facility (WBC) loan-to-valuation ratio of 55% LVR at effective rate 3.76% p.a.


“The Kent” as it’s affectionately known has been at the heart of the Hamilton community since 1924 and one of the first hospitality venues within the bustle of Beaumont Street. Its 90-year anniversary restoration has brought it back to its days of glory. This iconic pub is Hunt Hospitality’s flagship for environmental and sustainable standards, with the education of staff, patrons and choice of suppliers. The Bistro is Locavore – real and sustainable food sourced on its local geographic origins including a wide range of menu and beverage items for our Vegan patrons.



Since 1876 “The Duke”, nestled in the New Lambton Village, was the cornerstone of the thriving mining community. Today the Hotel is still the hub to meet for a great affordable meal, or to celebrate or commiserate on a team win. Hunt Hospitality staff are always invested in lending a hand with local sporting clubs or supporting families in need. The pub is legendary, and known for the vibe as soon as you walk in… whether you’re a local or visiting for the first time – The welcome mat is always at the door.



The breeze just sweeps you away at this exclusive bay side venue. Perfect for family get-togethers, coffee dates, casual dinning or a catch up with friends. “The Seabreeze” is only minutes away from Nelson Bay’s Marina, pristine beaches, and central to the shopping precinct and boasts an inviting modern chic beach style design. Nelson Bay is the ultimate tourist getaway and Hunt Hospitality has transformed the Seabreeze Hotel into a must go destination, with beautifully appointed boutique boathouse accommodation.



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Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt has forged a career in the Hospitality industry for over 20 years, he has owned and operated Hunt Hospitality International since 2009. Stephen is a third generation publican who, along with his family, has been a part of the hospitality industry since the 1940s. He has experience in multi-venue management as an operational manager for the Independent Pub Group in the successful take over of 3 venues in the Hunter in 2009.

Stephen has a proven track record in maximising a venue’s potential – something that is evident in the transformations he’s achieved for previous establishments.

Over the past few years, venues managed by Stephen have received multiple “AHA NSW Awards For Excellence” nominations and wins.

Annette Pulbrook
Annette Pulbrook
Annette is a principal of FinBiz Advisers, where she incorporates her outcomes based approach to provide holistic business and financial advice to her clients to help them create financial certainty in their lives.

Annette was previously a director of Crosbie Warren Sinclair, with her client base being predominantly in the hospitality sector. Her experience in providing management advice to various successful hotels and restaurants throughout the state puts her in a prime position to provide business and financial guidance to the board.

Tim Wearne
Tim Wearne
Tim began his career as an Accountant at KPMG before making the move into the financial services world. For over 15 years Tim has been working in senior executive positions at some of Australia’s largest financial services companies with roles including National Manager, CEO and most recently COO of Australia’s largest asset finance business.

Tim founded and grew his own leasing business which was eventually acquired by an ASX listed group and is currently an Executive Director of Keeping Company Pty Ltd, a leading full service Accounting and Advisory firm.


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Hospitality management where venues are humanised, communities are optimised, and growth & innovation are prioritised.

With hospitality management in his genes, Stephen Hunt has established a private equity firm with five venues and 250 employees, where entrepreneurs and local businesses are effectively blended. Savvy at executing multimillion-dollar deals, including product/service innovations and property acquisitions, Stephen’s Hunt Hospitality has evolved into a capital investment, local grassroots powerhouse.

Providing employment and entrepreneur opportunities focused on establishing fun and attractive local entertainment and investment offerings, the current portfolio includes:

  • The Kent Hotel
  • The Duke of Wellington
  • Seabreeze Hotel

The fund also benefits from volume purchasing for the below assets, that are currently outside of the SJH Hotel Fund:

  • Finnian’s Tavern
  • Ocean View Hotel
  • Newcastle Distilling Co. (under negotiation)


It’s you who can make a difference in a person’s day.

Your career is what you make of it, and by joining the Hunt Hospitality Team you are supported by dedicated individuals that actually want to see you succeed. You’ll build a recognised skill set that leads to plenty of opportunities to advance within the company.



We look forward to hearing from you.