Keppel Land raises stake in Saigon Centre

Saigon Centre, strategically located in Ho Chi Minh City’s central business district, is being rolled out in phases. Its retail mall was opened in August last year, with Takashimaya as the anchor tenant.
Saigon Centre, strategically located in Ho Chi Minh City’s central business district, is being rolled out in phases. Its retail mall was opened in August last year, with Takashimaya as the anchor tenant. PHOTO: KEPPEL

Keppel Corp's property unit, Keppel Land, has pumped in 845.9 billion dong (S$52.3 million) to raise its stake in Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Saigon Centre is owned by joint-venture entities Keppel Land WATCO I to V.

Following the investment, the company's stake in Keppel Land WATCO I, II and III has increased from approximately 45.3 per cent to 53.5 per cent. For WATCO IV and V, the stake has grown from 68 per cent to 76.2 per cent.

Located on a 2ha prime site in the heart of the central business district, Saigon Centre is being developed in several phases.

Completed in 1996, Phase One is a 25-storey mixed-use development that includes three floors of retail and office space and 89 serviced apartments. Tenants at the office tower include DBS Bank, AIG, Reuters and Mitsubishi Corp.

Phase Two, due to be completed at the year end, will offer 44,000 sq m of premium Grade A office space, 55,000 sq m of retail space and 195 luxury serviced apartment units.

The retail mall was opened in August last year, with Takashimaya Department Store as its anchor tenant.

"Keppel Land is committed to growing its commercial portfolio in key Asian cities," said Keppel Land chief executive Ang Wee Gee.

"Vietnam, which is one of our key growth markets, continues to attract foreign direct investments that will drive positive demand in the property market there, ranging from homes to offices and mixed-use developments."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'Keppel Land raises stake in Saigon Centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe