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Megaworld Eyes More Malls, Office Spaces with P27.3-B REIT Listing

Tipped to the largest REIT listing.
by Reuters
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Megaworld Corp is launching an up to P27.3 billion ($567.8 million) share sale for its real estate investment trust (REIT) unit to fund the construction of more office buildings, malls, and hotels, a company official said.

A slew of initial public offerings (IPO) and REIT listings that could top $4 billion could see the Philippines claim the top spot in Southeast Asia in terms of capital market fundraising this year.

MREIT Inc is seeking regulatory approval for the country's largest REIT IPO, to sell up to 1.4 billion shares, including an over-allotment option, at a maximum price of P22 ($0.46) apiece, Kevin Tan, president of MREIT and chief strategy officer of Megaworld, told reporters.

Without the greenshoe, the IPO will raise up to P23.7 billion, Tan said, adding that listing is targeted for September.

REITs manage real estate assets such as hotels, office buildings, and malls that regularly generate profits and hand out dividends to stockholders.

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MREIT will own 10 office buildings catering to outsourcing firms and a hotel with a gross leasable area of nearly 225,000 square meters (2.4 million square feet), equivalent to 31 soccer pitches.

Megaworld, the Philippines' biggest office landlord, owns 70 buildings with 1.4 million sqm of leasable space.

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It would be the largest REIT in the Philippines thus far, topping the up to 26.7 billion IPO planned by Robinsons Land Corp for its subsidiary.

To date, there are two REIT firms listed in the Philippines.

($1 = 48.08 Philippine pesos)

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