Grade A Office Building No. 50 Connaught Road Central Sold For HK$4.88 Billion

Colliers International has successfully concluded the purchase of 50 Connaught Road Central in Hong Kong for a total turnover of HK$4.88 billion (US$629 million) by Agricultural Bank of China.
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May 15, 2012 - PRLog -- Colliers International has successfully concluded the purchase of 50 Connaught Road Central (the Property) in Hong Kong for a total turnover of HK$4.88 billion (US$629 million) by Agricultural Bank of China.

Covering a site area of approximately 11,488 sq ft, the Property is a 28-storey Grade A office building completed less than a year ago. Based on the total gross floor area of 175,481 sq ft, the average unit price is HK$27,809 per sq ft (gross). Based on the latest transacted rent of HK$135 per sq ft per month in the Property, the yield is approximately 4% per annum (p.a.), representing a level higher than the current average Grade A office yield ranging from 3.0% to 3.5% p.a.

“Amidst acute limited new supply in Central, the Property with 999-year leasehold and about 11,500 sq ft site and sold on an en bloc basis is a valuable investment premise. The purchaser is expected to occupy the Property as its Hong Kong headquarter, demonstrating the company’s confidence in Hong Kong as well as the prospect of the local office market,” said Antonio Wu, Deputy Managing Director of Colliers International (Hong Kong).

As the Property comprises a high efficiency of about 83%, the average price, based on net floor area, is HK$33,505 per sq ft. This represents a price level below that of the priciest unit rate, HK$38,200 per sq ft (net), for 20th floor of the nearby 9 Queen’s Road Central that came with an efficiency of about 73%. Taking into account the building’s naming right and roof-top signage value, the purchase of the Property is inevitably a value-for-money transaction.

Designed by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, the Property, showcasing a façade of Manhattan’s iconic skyscraper, sets a landmark at the heart of Central, the core business district of Hong Kong. The interior offers luxury finishing and the specifications are an excellent fit as a financial institution’s headquarter.

Also considered a rare gem in supply-short Central, the Property enjoys 46 meters frontage (151 feet) on Connaught Road Central facing Victoria Harbour, Central and the Kowloon peninsula. With only a short distance to major office portfolios such as Exchange Square, International Finance Centre and The Landmark, the premise connects to Hong Kong International Airport in a matter of minutes.

“In the marketplace, the key challenges for many potential investors are the cost of financing and insufficient loan-to-value ratio for sizeable investment,” said Wu. “Thus, end-users armed with abundant financial resources hold an edge over their competition. We expect that prospective buyers who seek premises for self occupancy will become more active than the previous 12 months.”

About Colliers International
Colliers International is a global leader in real estate services with more than 12,300 professionals operating out of 522 offices in 62 countries.  As a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ- FSRV; TSX: FSV and FSV.PR.U), Colliers offers the stability of a strong financial partner and significant local ownership providing clients with accountability and enterprising real estate solutions. Colliers provides a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide including: global corporate solutions; sale and lease brokerage; property and asset management; project management; hotel investment sales and consulting; property valuation and appraisal services; mortgage banking and insightful research. The Lipsey Company and National Real Estate Investor magazine ranked Colliers International as the world’s number two commercial real estate brand.

At the International Property Awards – Asia Pacific 2012, Colliers is awarded 11 accolades across the region including the Best Property Consultancy Awards in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and regional awards of Best Property Consultancy Marketing and Best Real Estate Agency Website for Asia Pacific.
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