Gamuda plans to buy Kuala Langat land for RM392m

KUALA LUMPUR: Gamuda Bhd has proposed to acquire a piece 99-year leasehold land measuring 104.1ha in Kuala Langat, Selangor, for RM392.17 million cash from Bukit Melati Sdn Bhd. The purchase price works out to roughly RM35 per sq ft.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Gamuda said its wholly-owned subsidiary Setara Hati Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of the land in Mukim Tanjong Duabelas, Daerah Kuala Langat, Selangor, located just 2km from the Kota Kemuning township.

The land is currently classified as agricultural land, with a lease tenure of 99 years expiring on Sept 16, 2111.

According to Gamuda, the acquisition will increase its land bank, as well as its investment property portfolio, to provide long-term earnings growth.

“The land is situated in a mature area of Selangor, with positive prospects for mixed property development. The acquisition is expected to contribute positively to the
future earnings and thereby improve shareholders’ value, over the medium to long term,” it said.

Gamuda said the SPA is conditional upon the conditions precedent being fulfilled no later than six months from the date of the SPA. However, an automatic extension of six months from the conditional period shall be given, or until the day on which the outcome of the second appeal is received by Setara Hati.

Gamuda also noted the purchase consideration would be entirely satisfied in cash, which would be financed through internal funds and/or bank borrowings.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the second quarter of next year, it said.

The Gamuda counter closed 5.48% or 29 sen lower at RM5 yesterday, giving it a market capitalisation of RM12 billion.


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on December 2, 2014.

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