A high floor of Hong Kong’s Far East Finance Centre in Admiralty has sold for HK$568 million ($72.6 million) to local developer Circle Property Development, according to media reports.
The 41-storey grade A office building is situated on the eastern edge of the city’s downtown business district. The floor was sold for HK$52,600 ($6,726) per square foot, surpassing Admiralty’s previous high price of HK$50,000 ($6,407) per square foot achieved in November with the sale of a floor in the same building.
The deal also represents the second-highest unit price paid for a strata-titled office floor in the city, behind the record-breaking transaction of a floor in Central’s The Center for HK$55,854 ($7,152) per square foot.
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The buyers, as identified by local media, are Circle Holdings chairman Tam Fung King and related parties. Tam’s Circle Holdings is the parent company of mid-sized player Circle Property Development, which has a portfolio of office, retail and residential properties in Hong Kong, mainland China and London. The seller, Hong Kong-listed Asia Cassava Resources, had purchased the floor in 2004 for HK$82 million ($11 million), which indicates a profit of HK$486 million ($62 million) in 14 years for the seller of dried cassava chips.
The property is currently leased to two tenants paying a combined monthly rent of HK$1.3 million ($166,235), equating to over 2 percent rental yield for the buyer.
Circle Property Development has a long-time habit of buying up strata-titled floors in Hong Kong’s core business district. In 2015, the company purchased a floor in Central’s World-Wide House for HK$509 million ($66 million) from The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Earlier in 2012, Circle Property acquired a floor in Admiralty’s landmark Lippo Centre for HK$298 million ($38 million).