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Thursday, July 29, 2010

MRCB to raise RM400m for KL Sentral Park

MRCB Sentral Properties Sdn Bhd, a unit of Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), will raise RM400 million of debt to finance the development of its latest project called KL Sentral Park.

The commercial paper/medium term notes (CP/MTN) programme is arranged by Affin Investment Bank Bhd.

"The financing, which is being guaranteed by Danajamin Nasional Bhd, is for a period of seven years," said MRCB chief executive officer Mohamed Razeek Hussain.

KL Sentral Park comprises five blocks of office buildings, high-end retail shops, business centres and green spaces with a net lettable area of 518,000sq ft. So far, 18 per cent of the project has been completed.
Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony between MRCB, Affin Investment and Danajamin in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Mohamed Razeek said construction started in the fourth of quarter of 2009.

"The project is scheduled to be completed next year," he said.

MRCB had executed a 15-year lease agreement with SME Corp and recently obtained a commitment to lease for 15 years by SBM (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

"Collectively, this translates to occupancy reaching 60 per cent of KL Sentral Park's net lettable area," he said.

Also present were Affin Investment managing director Maimoonah Mohamed Hussain, Danajamin chief executive officer Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, Malaysian Trustees Bhd director Ng Hon Soon and MRCB senior vice-president of property Wong Dor Loke.

Meanwhile, Maimoonah said the domestic bond market has been dull since the subprime crisis started.

"Therefore, the guarantee provided by Danajamin to MRCB is instrumental to re-ignite interest by providing quality issuance to the market," she said.

Maimoonah said the CP/MTN programme is accorded the highest rating of MARC1 and "AAA" with the guarantee wrap from Danajamin.

This provides the most competitive pricing which lowers the company's interest costs further.

The financing for MRCB is Affin's second for the group in the last two years, the first being the RM499 million syndicated loan.

By Business Times

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