Wednesday, October 31, 2007

INDONESIA‘S eighth largest real estate developer, PT Perdana Gapuraprima, part of the Gapuraprima Group

INDONESIA‘S eighth largest real estate developer, PT Perdana Gapuraprima, part of the Gapuraprima Group, is looking to list a retail real estate investment trust (Reit) on the Singapore Exchange in early 2008.

Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, president director Rudy Margono said that the Reit will be a joint venture with Amanah Raya Berhad, a company owned by the Malaysian government.

Mr Margono said that Gapuraprima is expected to inject five malls into the Reit, and Amanah Raya two. He also revealed that the assets have an estimated value of US$250 million. He expects the retail Reit to offer a yield of between 9-10 per cent. PT Perdana Gapuraprima’s real estate assets are worth about US$500 million, he added.

Mr Margono also revealed that the three-to- five-year-old malls outside Jakarta are in cities like Solo and Bandung.

In August, Amanah Raya, together with Kuwait Finance House, acquired two villa apartment blocks in Reflections at Keppel Bay for about S$286 million. For Gapuraprima, Mr Margono said the retail Reit is largely a way for the group to divest its properties and use the capital for further expansion in the real estate business in the region.

Mr Margono said: ‘Our vision is to be one of Asia’s largest property developers, with property development projects in various countries around the region.’

PT Perdana Gapuraprima was listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange last week and shares last traded at around 345 rupiah, up 11.3 per cent on its IPO offer price of 310 rupiah a share. The new share issue forms about 30 per cent of PT Perdana Gapuraprima’s paid-in capital after the IPO.

Mr Margono said that in FY07, the group achieved a net profit of 46.9 billion rupiah (S$7.5 million) and 514 billion rupiah in revenue. He expects the yield of its Indonesian properties to be 8-9 per cent.

He added: ‘We have also seen a capital gain of 15-20 per cent for our properties in Jakarta annually in the past 10 years, which we hope will instil more confidence in our investors investing in the group.’

Source : Business Times - 30 Oct 2007

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