Frasers Property, GIC and JustCo in $238m tie-up

Interior of JustCo, a co-working space at 120 Robinson Road.
Interior of JustCo, a co-working space at 120 Robinson Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

They are investing sum to develop co-working space platform across Asia

Mainboard-listed real estate firm Frasers Property, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC, and co-working space provider JustCo are jointly investing US$177 million (S$238 million) to develop a co-working space platform across Asia, the three companies said in a joint statement yesterday.

JustCo has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, and this investment will enable it to build on its presence in South-east Asia as it expands into other Asian markets, including China, Japan and Australia.

The new injection of funds will also support JustCo's "continued focus on ramping up technology solutions, and enhance service offerings to facilitate collaboration and networking opportunities", the companies noted.

Said Mr Lee Kok Sun, chief investment officer of GIC Real Estate: "The co-working movement embraces the flexibility of the sharing economy, and is fast changing the way office space is designed, leased, used and operated.

"As a long-term value investor, we are attracted by the sector's growth potential in the long run, and believe that the fragmented nature of the sector presents opportunities for consolidation."

Frasers Property group chief executive officer Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi said the partnership will leverage the international scale of GIC and Frasers Property to accelerate the expansion of JustCo's network, customer connection and technological services.

He added: "We view real estate as a service offering that goes beyond brick and mortar. The combination of thoughtful design, curated service offerings and smart-office technology can transform office buildings into inspiring, collaborative workspaces that enhance our workplace communities."

Separately, Frasers Property yesterday also announced that it has entered into a subscription agreement with JustGroup Holdings to subscribe for up to 13.2 per cent of the issued and paid-up capital of JustGroup Holdings.

The property firm has also entered into a joint venture agreement with a subsidiary of GIC and JustGroup Holdings to subscribe for ordinary and preference shares representing up to 15.3 per cent of the issued and paid-up share capital in a new joint venture company incorporated in Singapore.

The aggregate investment for the JustGroup subscription and the joint venture subscription is up to US$60 million, and the above transactions are not expected to have any material impact on the group's consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share for the current financial year, Frasers Property said.

The counter yesterday ended two cents lower at $1.92.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'Frasers Property, GIC and JustCo in $238m tie-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe