Ascott REIT divests Ascott Raffles Place for $353.3 mil

By Amy Tan / EdgeProp | January 10, 2019 2:58 PM SGT
Ascott Residence Trust (Ascott REIT) is selling Ascott Raffles Place Singapore for $353.3 million to an unrelated third party.
Located on 2 Finlayson Green, the 999-year leasehold property comprises 146 units including studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments. It has a gross floor area (GFA) of 168,952 sq ft.
The sale price of $353.3 million is 64.3% above its latest valuation of $215 million at end-December.
The divestment is in line with Ascott REIT’s strategy to regularly evaluate and rejuvenate its portfolio. It expects to realise an estimated net gain of $134 million. It acquired the property from The Ascott Limited for $220 million in 2012.
Net proceeds from the sale could be used for new investment opportunities and to pay down debt. The sale is not expected to have a material impact on the REIT’s financial performance.