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Saturday, November 13, 2010

CapitaMalls to buy Gurney Plaza block

PETALING JAYA: The manager of Capitamalls Malaysia Trust, CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT Management Sdn Bhd, proposed to acquire a retail extension block of Gurney Plaza and parking lots at the complex in Penang for RM215mil.

A filing with Bursa Malaysia showed that CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT had entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with Gurney Plaza Sdn Bhd for the acquisition of a nine-storey retail extension block adjoining Gurney Plaza with a net lettable area of about 139,964 sq ft as at Sept 30, comprising four levels of retail space and car parking bays. The deal also includes another 129 parking bays at Gurney Plaza itself.

“The proposed acquisition is in line with the manager’s investment strategy to provide unitholders with long-term and sustainable distribution of income and potential capital growth,” it said, adding that the building has a forecast property yield of about 7.1% for 2011.

As at Nov 1, Capitamalls Malaysia Trust is the largest “pure-play” shopping mall real estate investment trust by property asset value in Malaysia and the proposed acquisition will further strengthen its position. Following the completion of the proposed acquisition, its property asset value is expected to increase from about RM2.13bil as at Sep 30 to about RM2.36bil.

By The Star

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