CapitaLand Retail China Trust to acquire shopping mall in Chengdu for $304.9m

Galleria is CRCT's 11th in the country and its first in Chengdu.
Galleria is CRCT's 11th in the country and its first in Chengdu. PHOTO: CAPITALAND RETAIL CHINA TRUST

SINGAPORE - CapitaLand Retail China Trust (CRCT) will acquire the Galleria, a shopping mall in Chengdu, China, for RMB1.5 billion (about S$304.9 million), its manager announced on Friday (Aug 19).

The mall is CRCT' 11th in the country and its first in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan in western China.

Its acquisition will enlarge CRCT's portfolio size by about 14 per cent to RMB12.55 billion (S$2.55 billion). The mall has a current net property income (NPI) yield of about 5.4 per cent and is expected to add to CRCT's distribution per unit (DPU).

Said Mr Tony Tan, CEO of of the trust's manager: "The proposed acquisition will diversify CRCT's income and strengthen the resilience of our portfolio to deliver sustainable growth. With the opportunity to tap on CapitaLand's network of five existing malls in Chengdu, the proposed acquisition is aligned with CRCT's investment strategy to expand our footprint by leveraging on our sponsor's strong presence in key Chinese cities where it has a competitive edge.

"The subject mall is one of the most popular malls in Chengdu. Its existing tenant profile comprises a good selection of popular international brands that will serve as a strong base for CRCT to further enhance the overall tenant mix. Notably, leases accounting for about two-thirds of the mall's total rent are up for renewal by 2018, presenting us with an excellent opportunity to uplift the rental income through tenant mix adjustments."

The Galleria is located in Chengdu's Gaoxin District - a prominent hi-tech zone ranked fourth among 146 national-level hi-tech zones in China. It is home to about 100 Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft and Intel. In 2015, Gaoxin District registered RMB51.6 billion (S$10.5 billion) in retail sales, representing a year-on-year increase of 11.7 per cent, the highest growth rate among all districts in Chengdu.

The mall has been valued at RMB1.52 billion (S$309.0 million) Including acquisition-related expenses, the total investment cost for the mall is expected to be about RMB1.53 billion (S$310.4 million), said the trust's manager.