September 29, 2017 / 7:11 AM / a year ago

Malaysia's PNB looks to sell two British properties

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s largest government-linked fund management firm, Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), is considering selling two properties in Britain in what would be its first divestment of foreign real estate assets.

PNB said the commercial properties at 1 Silk Street and 90 High Holborn in London had matured and it wanted to maximise returns while demand for British real estate was strong.

It bought the properties in 2012 for a reported 350 million pounds ($469.53 million) and 140 million pounds, respectively.

Malaysian state-owned funds such as PNB, the Employees Provident Fund and Retirement Fund Inc forayed into Britain’s property market in 2010-2013, before the Malaysian economy and ringgit weakened.

Any sales of their foreign properties could suggest a redeployment of funds to Malaysia.

PNB has another three commercial properties in Britain and one in Australia. ($1 = 4.2260 ringgit) ($1 = 0.7454 pounds) (Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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