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Allgreen takes on 7 China developments

It will work with Kerry Holdings, Kerry Properties on the commercial, residential projects

ALLGREEN Properties of Singapore is set to move into China in a big way with seven commercial and residential developments together with Hong Kong publicly listed companies Kerry Holdings and Kerry Properties. All the companies are controlled by Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok.

The projects, which have a total investment amount of 29.3 billion yuan (S$5.73 billion), will be in the cities of Hangzhou, Chengdu, Qinhuangdao and Shenyang.

In a statement released yesterday, Allgreen said that this was in line with the group’s strategy to expand regionally, especially in China, which it views as a ‘long-term growth market’ providing ‘growth and recurrent income’.

Allgreen said: ‘In addition, the group will also be able to better allocate assets to ride out any downturn in the Singapore economy.’

The projects will mostly be residential but hotel, offices and commercial properties can also be expected. These projects also represents the group’s fourth investment in China.

Allgreen appointed Savills while Kerry Properties appointed DTZ Debenham Tie Leung to carry out valuations of the sites and the agreed property value was about 8.64 billion yuan.

Based on the agreed property value, the outstanding land cost and the non-property net asset value of the joint venture companies, the aggregate consideration payable by Allgreen for its acquisition of the equity interests in the joint venture is estimated to be about 967 million yuan.

Allgreen said that the group will fund the project by internal funds and/or external borrowings.

The statement also noted that the group’s aggregate maximum total investment amount in the joint venture is 6.98 billion yuan, representing about 96.2 per cent of its latest net tangible assets as at Dec 31, 2006.

No development time frame was given for the projects.

There is a mixed-use development planned, comprising hotel, offices, retail podiums and apartments on a 67,374 sq m site near West Lake in Hangzhou with a total investment amount of 5.34 billion yuan and Allgreen will hold a 10 per cent stake.

Also in Hangzhou will be a residential development on a 104,521 sq m site at Xiacheng District with a total investment amount of 1.83 billion yuan, of which Allgreen will hold a 35 per cent stake.

Another residential development is slated for Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. To be built on a 46,130 sq m site, it will have a total investment amount of 1.38 billion yuan, of which Allgreen will have a 25 per cent stake.

Allgreen will also hold a 25 per cent stake in a second residential development on a 38,617 sq m site in Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone with a total investment amount of 1.16 billion yuan.

In Qinhuangdao, Allgreen will hold a 10 per cent stake in a mainly residential development on a 113,393 sq m site in the West Section of Hebei Street, Haigang District with an investment amount of 2.2 billion yuan.

Also in Qinhuangdao is another residential development on a 92,250 sq m site at the West Section of Hebei Street, Haigang District with an investment amount of 1.35 billion yuan, of which Allgreen will have a 10 per cent stake.

A mixed-use development has been planned for the 172,694 sq m site on the East Side of Qingnian Street, Shenhe District in Shenyang with a total investment amount of 16 billion yuan. Allgreen will take a 30 per cent stake in this project.

 

Source: Business Times 7 Dec 07

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