Goodman Group Interested in Managing ING Industrial

Goodman Group, Australia’s largest industrial real estate investment trust, said it is interested in becoming the manager of ING Industrial Fund, in which it owns a 4.4 percent stake.

The company has not had detailed discussions with ING Real Estate, and there is no certainty the transaction will happen, it said in a statement to the Australian stock exchange.

“Goodman believes that this would be a prudent expansion of its fund management business,” it said in the statement.

Sydney-based Goodman would keep the ING fund as a separate listed vehicle rather than merge it with its existing funds, it said.

Goodman shares slipped 1.6 percent to close at 63.5 Australian cents in Sydney. ING Industrial Fund ended the day down 1.1 percent at 44.5 Australian cents.

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