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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Several parties offer to buy 1 Mont’Kiara from Aseana

PETALING JAYA: London-listed Aseana Properties Ltd has been approached by several parties to purchase 1 Mont’Kiara (1MK) development, a retail cum office space development, but no decision has been made so far, a statement from Aseana Properties said.

“As this asset is situated in a prime location in Kuala Lumpur, it is inevitable that we continue to receive offers from interested parties. Any confirmation of a transaction will be announced to the relevant regulatory authorities,” a statement from Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd said.

Aseana Properties owns 1MK while Ireka Development Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ireka Corp Bhd, is managing the property. 1MK is developed by Ireka Corp Bhd.

It was reported on June 11 that a real estate fund management company affiliated with Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Group has made a bid for it. Property tycoon and the world’s 14th richest man Li Ka-shing controls Cheung Kong Group.

1MK is the newest retail centre and is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of this year. It is situated at the entrance to Mont’Kiara and is located directly opposite Plaza Mont’Kiara.

The project is located on 3.4 acres and comprises several components: a 34-storey office tower which is already 92% sold, a 20-storey office suite tower which will be put on lease and a five-storey retail block. The residential components which consist of Ireka @ Kiara 1 and Ireka @ Kiara 2 have already been completed. The different components are interconnected.

The bids were for the 20-storey office suite tower which has a net floor area of 185,000 sq ft while the retail block has a net lettable area of 250,000 sq ft, which is about half the size of The Gardens at Mid Valley Mega Mall.

To give an indicative price of the 20-storey block, the first phase which comprises the 34-storey office tower block was sold in 2007 at an average price of RM550 per sq ft. The asking price in the secondary market is about RM700 per sq ft today while the unsold units from the developer in hovering between RM680 and RM700 per sq ft. At RM680 per sq ft, the 20-storey office suite tower market value would be RM126mil while the retail block, with a mark-up value of a conservative 20% more than the office space market value would be RM204mil. That would total up to RM330mil. It was reported that Cheung Kong Group made a bid for this 20-storey office suite tower and five-storey retail block for RM300mil.

SK Brothers Realty Sdn Bhd general manager Chan Ai Cheng said other than Plaza Mont’Plaza, there is nothing to compare with 1MK.

Solaris@Dutamas and Solaris@Mont’Kiara are commercial areas, but they are four-storey high and do not have office tower blocks, nor the residential or retail elements enjoyed by 1MK, according to Chan.

1 Mont’Kiara was developed as a joint venture with Singapore-based CapitaLand, one of Southeast Asia’s largest property developer.

CapitaLand Commercial (M) Sdn Bhd in a statement said CapitaLand’s interest in 1MK is through the Malaysia Commercial Development Fund (MCDF), a real estate private equity fund.

“The MCDF, which owns 14.9% of 1 Mont’ Kiara, has an active portfolio management strategy where the fund will seek to divest its properties at the appropriate time. As 1 Mont’ Kiara enjoys a prime location, there has been continuing interest by other parties to purchase the development,” the statement from CapitaLand Commercial said.

CapitaLand owns an effective 21% stake in MCDF, a private equity fund which is managed by its wholly-owned financial services business unit, CapitaLand Financial Ltd.

By The Star

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