Mappletree Logistics Trust (MapletreeLog) is acquiring two warehouses in Singapore for a total consideration of US$56 million.
MapletreeLog, through its trustee, HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Ltd, has signed two put and call option agreements to acquire the two warehouses from Cougar Holdings Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Menlo Worldwide LLC, the global logistics unit of New York-listed Con-way Inc.
The two properties, located at Boon Lay Way and Benoi Road, cost US$48 million and US$8 million, respectively. The properties will be leased back to Menlo’s Cougar Express Logistics for an initial term of 10 years with an option to renew the lease for further consecutive periods of five years each.
The acquisitions will be accretive to MapletreeLog’s distribution per unit (DPU). The proforma financial effect of the acquisitions on the DPU for the financial year ended December 31, 2007 is an additional 0.13 Singapore cent per unit.
Said Chua Tiow Chye, chief executive officer of Mapletree Logistics Trust Management (MLTM), the manager of MapletreeLog: ‘The properties are well located in established industrial areas and are within close proximity to Jurong Port and the larger Jurong Industrial Estate… These accretive assets will add to the trust’s stable core of long-term leases which generate stable returns to our unitholders.’
Menlo and its subsidiaries are also MapletreeLog’s tenants in two of its existing properties and the acquisitions will further strengthen the partnership, Chua added.
The acquisitions are expected to be completed by Q2 2008. MLTM said it is confident that at their completion, MapletreeLog will have sufficient debt capacity to fund the acquisitions wholly by debt. It will explore alternative means of funding should the need arise.