Following the success of India’s first REIT last year, Blackstone is headed back to the subcontinent’s public markets again, as the US private equity giant and local partner K Rajeha get ready to raise $599 million for an office park IPO.
Also in the news today, Singapore’s retail struggles are likely to drive down mall and high street rents in the second half of this year, according to a recent agency report, and China Vanke gets an unwelcome turn in the spotlight as China’s annual consumer protection day targets quality complaints at the top three mainland developer.
Mindspace Business Parks REIT, an Indian operator of office complexes backed by Blackstone Group, plans to raise as much as Rs 4,500 crore ($599 million) in an initial public offering and use the proceeds to pay debt.
The real estate investment trust, which also counts K Raheja Corp, a Mumbai-based real estate developer, as a sponsor, will offer about Rs 1,000 crore of new shares while the founders will offer the remaining, according to a draft prospectus filed with India’s securities regulator. Read more>>
Rents for retail space in Singapore are expected to fall more sharply in this half of the year amid mounting vacancies stemming from the pandemic, according to a report yesterday.
It noted that while most retail businesses resumed operations from June 19 after the two-month circuit breaker, social distancing measures mean many activity-based tenants, such as those in food and beverage (F&B) and health and wellness, are unable to operate at full capacity. Read more>>
Paramount Corp Bhd is acquiring 4.54 acres of prime freehold land with buildings at Jalan Ampang Hilir, Kuala Lumpur for RM 243.8 million ($57 million), cash, in the vicinity of the popularly known ‘Embassy Row’.
It is acquiring the property, which has a 20-storey building with service suites and 132 units of low-rise condominiums situated on it, from the subsidiaries of Singapore-listed Wing Tai Holdings Ltd. Read more>>
China Vanke, the third largest home builder in the mainland by sales, issued an apology after it came in for heavy criticism for the poor quality of its homes on an annual consumer rights television show.
Serious water leakage from the ceiling was first noticed in 146 out of 201 units in Vanke’s Hillview Park residential project in Guangzhou in November 2018, according to the state-run China Central Television’s (CCTV) popular consumer rights show, which aired on Thursday night. Read more>>
Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s biggest developer by market cap, has priced its latest project in Tuen Mun nearly 40 per cent higher than new launches in the New Territories, paying no heed to the third wave of coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping the city.
The developer has priced the first batch of 88 flats at its Regency Bay residential development at HK$17,377 (US$2,241) per square foot after discount, the highest among new projects launched in the district recently. Prices start at HK$4.68 million after discounts for a flat measuring 261 sq ft. SHKP has yet to announce the sales launch date of the flats. Read more>>
Even the coronavirus hasn’t stopped the world’s biggest asset bubble from getting bigger.
After a brief pause during coronavirus lockdowns in February, a Chinese property boom in some megacities that many thought was unsustainable has resumed its relentless upward climb, with prices rising higher and investors chasing deals despite millions of job losses and other economic problems.
In March, 288 apartments in a new Shenzhen property development sold out online in less than eight minutes. A few days later, buyers snapped up more than 400 units in a new housing complex in Suzhou. In Shanghai, apartment resales neared a record high in April, by one estimate. One Saturday last month, nearly 9,000 people each put down a deposit of one million yuan ($141,300) to qualify to buy apartments in a Shenzhen development. Read more>>