January 22, 2020 / 1:08 AM / a month ago

Two CapitaLand REITs to merge in $6 billion deal

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - CapitaLand (CATL.SI) said on Wednesday it had proposed the merger of CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMLT.SI) and CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CACT.SI) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at S$8.2 billion ($6.1 billion), adding to sector consolidation.

CapitaLand Mall will acquire CapitaLand Commercial units for S$999.1 million in cash and 2,777.5 million new units issued at S$2.59 apiece.

CapitaLand Mall holds a portfolio of shopping centers in Singapore, while CapitaLand Commercial is the city-state’s largest office landlord. CapitaLand owns about 28.48% of CapitaLand Mall and 29.37% of CapitaLand Commercial.

The new combined trust called CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust is expected to become the third-largest real estate investment trust in Asia-Pacific with a market capitalization of about S$16.8 billion and a combined property value of about S$22.9 billion.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Stephen Coates

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