Tat Hong can't find buyer for property; sells lease back to JTC for $21 million

Tat Hong shares closed 1.5 cents higher at 43 cents before the announcement.
Tat Hong shares closed 1.5 cents higher at 43 cents before the announcement.PHOTO: TAT HONG HOLDINGS

SINGAPORE - A unit of crane supplier Tat Hong Holdings has sold the lease of its property in Tuas back to landlord JTC Corp for $21 million.

The firm had failed to sell the property to third parties and had relocated its operations elsewhere.

Tat Hong HeavyEquipment, a wholly-owned Tat Hong subsidiary, has accepted the offer to surrender the lease of 11 Gul Crescent as "the property is now redundant", said Tat Hong in a Singapore Exchange filing yesterday.

The property has a site area of about 29,390 sq m with two single-storey office buildings, three single-storey warehouses and two other ancillary buildings.

It has a remaining lease of about 25 years.

The firm announced in September 2013 that it would sell the property as part of its plans to optimise operations in land-scarce Singapore.

It had originally put the property up for sale at an indicative price of around $33 million.

Offers received at that time were "not acceptable" and the property was withdrawn from the market, said Tat Hong.

In May last year, it agreed to sell the property to Mini Environment Service for $25 million but the sale fell through as "certain conditions were not fulfilled".

In late November last year, Tat Hong said was in talks with another potential buyer for the property.

While waiting for the sale of the property, the company proceeded with its plans to optimise its Singapore operations and relocated its crane storage and maintenance operations to other sites at Tuas Bay Drive, Tuas South as well as Kulaijaya, Johor, said Tat Hong it said.

The property had a net book value of $11.4 million as at Jan 31, 2016 and Tat Hong will recognise a pre-tax gain on the disposal of $9.5 million.

The completion of the deal is expected to take place on March 29.

Tat Hong shares closed 1.5 cents higher at 43 cents before the announcement.