Asia’s green future leads today’s real estate news from around Asia, as Mapletree Industrial Trust, which has lately turned its focus to data centres, has secured a sustainability-linked credit facility.
Also making headlines is an apparent delay in Hang Lung’s purchase of a US consular compound in Hong Kong, and the government of that Asian financial hub has decided to scratch a long-studied Kowloon East transport link.
The manager of Mapletree Industrial REIT announced on Thursday that the Singapore-listed trust had secured its first ever sustainability-linked credit facility for S$300 million ($224 million). The six year loan was arranged through OCBC and is linked to the trust achieving sustainability targets set out in its annual reports.
“Integrating MIT’s sustainability performance with our cost of financing underscores our commitment to sustainable and responsible growth,” said Ler Lily, chief financial officer of the trust’s manager. “Our first sustainability-linked facility will strengthen the resilience of our capital structure and diversify our funding sources.” Read more>>
Hong Kong-based Hang Lung Properties said on Wednesday that it expects its HK$2.56 billion (US$330.2 million) acquisition of property at 37 Shouson Hill Road from the United States government to go through as planned.
“We expect to complete the transaction according to the timeline stated in the sales and purchase agreement,” the company said. The tender said the deal will be completed on or before December 31. Read more>>
A decade-old government proposal for a HK$12 billion (US$1.55 billion) elevated rail link cutting across the heart of Kowloon and the massive Kai Tak Development has been ditched due to cost concerns, according to a senior Hong Kong official.
Some lawmakers expressed disappointment at the scrapping of the plan – which had been under consideration since 2009 and had already cost more than HK$90 million in studies – questioning whether the government could alleviate rising traffic congestion in Kowloon East without the rail link. Read more>>
The manager of Frasers Logistics & Commercial Trust (FLCT) has entered into a sales and purchase agreements to divest three leasehold industrial properties in South Australia, it said on Thursday.
The total consideration for the properties is A$29.6 million (S$29.5 million), which represents a 19.4 per cent premium to their book value of A$24.8 million as at Sept 30, 2020, the manager said in the exchange filing. Read more>>
Parkway Life Reit (PLife Reit) is acquiring a nursing home in the Greater Tokyo region from aged care operator KK Habitation for 1.65 billion yen (S$15.7 million).
In a filing to the Singapore Exchange, PLife Reit’s manager said that the purchase is being made at about 4.6 per cent below valuation, and will generate a net property yield of 6.4 per cent. Read more>>
Singapore’s Jurong Town Corporation has awarded the tender for the industrial site at 160 Gul Circle to New Century Integration for S$2.2 million.
Launched on Aug 25, the tender closed on Oct 6 with four bids received, JTC said in a press statement on Thursday. The site spans an area of 3,686 square metres (sq m) with a gross plot ratio of 1.4. Read more>>
Keppel Corp’s asset management arm Keppel Capital and property arm Keppel Land have launched a Vietnam-focused real estate fund, which raised US$400 million in its first closing.
This includes co-investment commitment from an unnamed global institutional investor, Keppel Capital and Keppel Land said on Friday in a press statement. Read more>>
Beijing-based Pop Mart is due to list in Hong Kong on Friday after raising $676 million in an initial public offering that priced at the top of its range, valuing the decade-old firm at as much as $7 billion.
Pop Mart’s shares could open as much as 103% higher on Friday from its HK$38.50 offer price when it debuts, according to gray market trading set by Phillip Securities in Hong Kong on Thursday. Read more>>
Singapore-listed mm2 Asia has entered into a heads of agreement for the possible merger of its Cathay cinema business with Golden Village cinemas in Singapore, which is owned by Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment (Holdings) Limited (OSGH).
As part of the deal, the two companies aim to bring in new investors to inject more capital into the combined business, which would be the largest cinema operator here. Read more>>