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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pavilion REIT seeks expansion

PAVILION Real Estate Investment Trust (Pavilion REIT), the largest retail REIT in Malaysia, is eyeing more local assets to spur growth.

Pavilion REIT Management Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Philip Ho said the trust is seeking opportunities to expand its assets in Penang, Johor and the Klang Valley.

Ho said Pavillion REIT will evaluate any financially viable investment opportunity that comes around.

"As a retail real estate investment trust, our duty is to acquire malls and build up the portfolio," he told reporters after its listing ceremony here.

Ho said the company's trustees had signed three rights of first refusal (ROFR) to acquire Farenheit88, the Pavilion Mall's extension, and a mall in USJ Subang Jaya.

With an appraised value of RM3.54 billion, Pavilion REIT is currently made up of two assets - Pavilion Mall and Pavilion Tower.

The mall, which contributes 96.4 per cent to the appraised value, has 1.3 million sq ft of net lettable area.

It boasts of about 450 retail tenants, making it the largest premium retail fashion mall in Malaysia.

Pavilion REIT yesterday fetched a 13.3 per cent premium over its offer price on its debut on Bursa Malaysia.

It opened at RM1.03, 13 sen higher than its institutional price of 90 sen, with 15.7 million unit shares traded.

Ho said the listing provides the company with direct access to capital markets, thereby strengthening its financial capacity to seize new opportunities in the country.

"We are committed to enhance unitholders' return and value, both through the organic growth of our existing portfolio as well as visible growth via acquisitions," he added.

By Business Times

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