BlackRock Sells Singapore Office Tower for $1.5 Billion

  • CapitaLand Commercial Agrees to Buy Asia Square Tower 2
  • Qatar sovereign wealth fund bought adjacent building last year

CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Singapore’s biggest office landlord, agreed to buy BlackRock Inc.’s Asia Square Tower 2 for S$2.1 billion ($1.5 billion) in the city’s second-largest ever sale of an office building.

The transaction will be partially funded by a rights issue of about S$700 million and bank borrowings of about S$1.12 billion, CapitaLand Commercial Trust said in a statement. The company said divestment proceeds of about S$340.1 million from previous property deals will also help fund the purchase.

The sale is the latest in a series of blockbuster commercial property deals in Singapore. Qatar Investment Authority, the gulf state’s wealth fund, last year bought the adjacent Tower 1 from BlackRock for S$3.4 billion in what was Singapore’s biggest office transaction.

“The deal provides another pricing benchmark which reconfirms that the recovery in office rents and prices is well underway in Singapore,” said Jeremy Lake, executive director of capital markets at CBRE Inc. in Singapore. CBRE was one of the advisers to BlackRock.

A Malaysian-led group last year paid S$2.6 billion for a rare plot in the Marina Bay district, while FWD Group, an insurance company backed by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, in May bought a 50 percent stake in One George Street from CapitaLand Commercial Trust for S$592 million.

The partial sale of the One George Street office tower will help fund part of the purchase from BlackRock, along with proceeds from sales of the Golden Shoe Car Park and Wilkie Edge, an office and retail complex, CapitaLand Commercial said.

The 46-story Tower 2, spread over 778,719 square feet, includes office space and a Westin hotel. The building has been on the market since last year. The Westin wasn’t a part of the sale.

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