HONG KONG May 4 New Century Hotel Group,
China's biggest privately-owned hotel chain operator, plans to
raise up to $300 million in the first initial public offering by
a real estate investment trust (REIT) in Hong Kong in two years,
IFR reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the
The company, backed by private equity firm Carlyle Group
, decided to list the hotel business to attract more
investor demand, after earlier planning to list both the hotel
and its property development business, added IFR, a Thomson
The IPO could take place in the second or third quarter of
2013 and would be the first REIT listing in the city since 2011
and the $1.6 billion offering of Hui Xian REIT, the
flagship real estate investment trust controlled by billionaire
Li Ka-shing, IFR said.
New Century's IPO would be one of several deals planned for
coming weeks from companies looking to benefit from demand for
commercial property in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong property and investment company Great Eagle
Holdings Ltd plans to spin off its Langham hotel chain
through an $800 million IPO, while property and infrastructure
group Hopewell Holdings is looking to raise as much as
$800 million spin-off of its property and hospitality business
Hopewell HK Properties.
Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Plc
were hired to manage the IPO, IFR reported.