Units of K-REIT Asia, a real estate investment
trust managed by Keppel Land, rose as much as 3.4
percent to a 9-month high after it said it raised its stake in a
Singapore office property to nearly 100 percent.
By 0123 GMT, K-REIT Asia units were 2.4 percent higher at
S$1.05, with 426,000 units traded, compared to its full-day
average of 589,800 over the last five sessions.
K-REIT said on Monday it will buy 12.39 percent of the
partnership that owns Ocean Financial Centre, raising its stake
to 99.9 percent.
The acquisition price works out to S$261.6 million or about
S$2,380 per square foot of net lettable area, net of rental
support of S$24.1 million.
CIMB Research increased its target price for K-REIT Asia to
S$1.17 from S$1.14, and kept its outperform rating to factor in
the accretion from the purchase.
"We are net positive on K-REIT's acquisition...with
increased control and good placement price outweighing slight
negatives from higher asset leverage," CIMB said in a report.
0925 (0125 GMT)
(Reporting by Charmian Kok in Singapore; Editing by Sunil Nair)