AHP buys Mydin mall and land for RM240 mil

KUALA LUMPUR (April 28): Amanah Harta Tanah PNB (AHP) is acquiring a 13.39 acre (5.41ha) piece of land in Seremban with a three-storey mall cum hypermarket and two sub-basements for RM240 million from Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd, as reported in The Edge Financial Daily today.

According to a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the acquisition has been made by AmanahRaya Trustees Bhd on AHP’s behalf. AHP is a real estate investment trust managed by Pelaburan Hartanah Nasional Bhd (PHNB).

“The proposed acquisitions is in line with the objective of PHNB to enhance its acquisition strategy to provide reasonable level of income return to unit holders and allow gain from capital growth,” said PHNB in the filing with Bursa Malaysia.

AHP intends to raise gross proceeds of RM129.6 million from the proposed rights issue, and the issue price of the rights units will be fixed at a later date. Of the proceeds, RM115 million will be used to fund the acquisition.

PHNB said the remainder acquisition consideration will be satisfied through bank borrowings of RM125 million.

As part of the agreement, AHP will lease the property back to Mydin for an initial period of 30 years, for a pre-agreed rental sum over 10 term periods.

The rental sum will increase every term, starting at RM1.4 million a month for Term 1 or the first four years, and will escalate to RM3.3 million a month for Term 10 or the 30th year of the lease.

In conjunction with the proposed acquisition, PHNB is also proposing to undertake a fundraising exercise through the issuance of 120 million rights units, on the basis of six rights for every five existing units in AHP.

However, the borrowings to part finance the proposed acquisition would increase the gearing of AHP to 36.71%, after the completion of the rights issue and proposed acquisition.

The trustees said barring any unforeseen circumstances, the proposals which are subject to the approval of AHP unit holders are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2015.

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