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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-China Vanke says keen on state-owned property units amid reform moves
April 9, 2014 / 6:01 AM / 4 years ago

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-China Vanke says keen on state-owned property units amid reform moves

(Corrects name to Yu in 7th paragraph)

By Clare Jim

HONG KONG, April 9 (Reuters) - China Vanke Co Ltd , the country’s largest listed developer, is interested in investing in property units of state-owned enterprises as Beijing opens up state-dominated industries to private capital.

Many state-owned enterprises have expanded into property development in recent years, attracted by big profits, although tighter credit on the mainland and a slowing economy have raised concerns over the outlook for the sector.

“We see opportunities from the reform and opening, SOEs selling their competitive business. We are willing to cooperate,” Vanke president Yu Liang told a real estate forum in Hong Kong on Wednesday. “We will make some big moves in M&A and equity investment,” he added.

In February, China’s decision to sell a stake in a subsidiary of Sinopec Corp , Asia’s biggest oil refiner, signalled more privatisation of its bloated state-owned sector will take place soon.

Vanke’s comments come just a month after it said property prices in some Chinese cities are overheating. Weaker home price data and reports that developers have cut prices have also rattled investors.

Vanke has joined a host of Chinese developers in venturing overseas a time when tighter liquidity is fuelling worries over the outlook for China’s property market.

Yu said Vanke’s total overseas investment for the next five years would not exceed 10 percent of the company’s overall investment over that period.

In February, it announced it will team up with U.S. developers RFR Holding and Hines on a residential tower in New York that will target high-end customers, its second project in the United States after it tied up with Tishman Speyer last year on a project in San Francisco.

Vanke also has investments in Singapore and Hong Kong. Last week, it bought a project for HK$860 million ($110.87 million) in Hong Kong from Soundwill Holding through its overseas unit, Vanke Property Overseas Ltd. (Additional reporting by Yimou Lee; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Miral Fahmy)

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