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Friday, March 11, 2011

I-Berhad plans mixed REIT

I-BERHAD, an integrated ICT developer, aims to launch a mixed real estate investment trust (REIT) worth more than RM1 billion in four to five years.

The idea is to unlock the value of investments at i-City, the company's 29ha knowledge and tourism hub in Shah Alam, Selangor.

I-Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Eu Hong Chew said the REIT will comprise data centres, an office tower, hotel, mall and carpark block.

"We are growing our property portfolio. When we have developed 30 to 40 per cent of i-City, we will launch the REIT," Lee told Business Times recently.
I-City, the first private initiative to be awarded the Malaysian Super Corridor Cybercentre status, is currently 20 per cent developed. The project started in 2005.

The company has so far built cybercentre office suites, data-centres and innovation centre with a combined 500,000 sq ft of space.

Al Rajhi Banking Group owns 200,000 sq ft of the space and the rest have been leased to multi national firms and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Lee said I-Berhad will double the existing 1,000-bay carpark block within the next two years to enhance its value.

It has RM50 million in cash to fund the construction of new properties for the next three years.

Lee added that the company will not borrow from banks at this point. It plans to plough back future profits for its investments in i-City.

The company, helmed by its executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Kim Hong, aims to be profitable in fiscal 2011 with expected growth in all its three divisions - property development, property investment and tourism.

For the nine months ended September 30 2010, I-Berhad posted a net loss of RM1.73 million on revenues of RM6.4 million.

State-owned investment fund Permodalan Nasional Bhd holds 20 per cent of I-Berhad.

By Business Times

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