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AMP Capital sells management rights and stake in Singapore AA REIT to AIMS Financial Group

By AMP Capital media team

Not for release or distribution in the US

AMP Capital has agreed to sell its 50 per cent shareholding in the management companies of Singapore-listed AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT (AA REIT) to its joint venture partner, AIMS Financial Group, for an undisclosed amount. As part of this transaction, AMP Capital is also selling its 10.26 per cent principal stake in AA REIT to AIMS Financial Group.

The transaction follows the successful conclusion of AMP Capital’s strategic review into its investment in AA REIT announced in March this year. Following this transaction, AIMS Financial Group will become the sole owner of the management companies and hold a 17.88 per cent stake in AA REIT1.

AMP Capital Global Head of Real Estate Carmel Hourigan said the transaction was beneficial for all parties involved.

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with our long-standing partner, AIMS Financial Group, who will become the sole owner of the management platform and provide AA REIT with long-term certainty and continued management oversight.

“AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT has delivered strong returns for unitholders over the last nine years, including AMP Capital, and we believe that AA REIT will continue to deliver for unitholders under the stewardship of AIMS moving forward.

“At AMP Capital, we are focused on leveraging the strengths of our real assets capabilities in international markets. As the world’s largest and deepest real estate market, the US presents the most compelling opportunity for us to fast track the development of our global real estate platform.

“Our investment in US-based real estate investment manager PCCP late last year is a key partnership for us, matching AMP Capital’s extensive global distribution network with PCCP’s investment capabilities, particularly US real estate debt and equity,” Ms Hourigan said.

Chairman and CEO of AIMS Financial Group Mr George Wang said: “AIMS has enjoyed a successful partnership with AMP Capital over the last nine years, and we now look forward to this next chapter in the evolution of AA REIT. Our footprint across Asia Pacific and extensive track record in managing real estate investments strongly positions AIMS to ensure AA REIT continues to deliver stable and sustainable long-term returns to Unitholders.”

Completion of the sale of AMP Capital’s shareholding in the management companies is expected to occur in December 2018, subject to conditions being met2. Following this, the sale of AMP Capital’s principal stake in AA REIT is expected to complete within six months.

1 AIMS Financial Group’s direct and deemed holdings in AA REIT.
2 Completion may occur at a later date following satisfaction of the conditions, but no later than 29 March 2019.

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