Saturday, August 30, 2008

CapitaLand Divests Stake In KL Tower

Source : The Business Times, August 30, 2008

CAPITALAND is divesting its 30 per cent stake in a company that owns Menara Citibank, a 50-storey office tower in Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Ampang, for RM176 million (S$75.5 million). Upon completing the divestment, the Singapore-based property giant will recognise a gain of about S$22.1 million.

The company being divested is Inverfin Sdn Bhd, whose principal asset is Menara Citibank. CapitaLand and the other Inverfin shareholders - Citibank (50 per cent) and Lion Group (20 per cent) - are selling their respective shareholdings in Inverfin to IOI Corporation Bhd.

The total consideration for the divestment is RM586.7 million and based on the net asset value of Inverfin which values the property at about RM733.6 million, this works out to about RM1,000 per square foot of net lettable area for the freehold property.

CB Richard Ellis Singapore and RE Group Associates Sdn Bhd acted for Inverfin's shareholders.

CapitaLand Commercial Ltd CEO Wen Khai Meng said the group will recycle or redeploy proceeds from the divestment to tap on new opportunities in the growing Malaysian market.

The Malaysian real estate market continues to enjoy good growth underpinned by the country's healthy economic performance, CapitaLand said in a statement yesterday.

Riding on this positive backdrop, CapitaLand has continued to expand its investments in Malaysia through Quill Capita Trust (QCT), which owns nine properties in Cyberjaya and Klang Valley. In addition, CapitaLand manages the US$30 million Mezzo Capital Fund, which has invested in five residential projects in Kuala Lumpur, and the US$270 million Malaysia Commercial Development Fund (MCDF).

MCDF holds stakes in two sites in Kuala Lumpur Sentral to build offices and serviced apartments with retail amenities, and has other projects located in quality residential and commercial precincts including Mont' Kiara and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre area.

The group is planning to list a Malaysian mall real estate investment trust (Reit) this year, barring unfavourable market conditions. The new Reit will initially comprise three shopping malls worth RM2 billion - Penang's Gurney Plaza, and Mines Shopping Fair and Sungei Wang Plaza in Klang Valley.

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