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Major Developments in 2015
- Privatisation of Keppel Land.
- Invested $615 million to strengthen portfolio in key markets in China and Indonesia, and opportunistically in the UK.
- Sold about 4,570 homes in Asia, mostly in China and Vietnam, almost twice the total number of units sold in 2014.
- Grew assets under management by Keppel REIT and Alpha Investment Partners (Alpha) by 9.6% to $20.5 billion as at end-2015.
Focus for 2016/2017
- Invest strategically and opportunistically in developed and emerging markets, in new and existing platforms, projects and properties.
- Tap demand in China and Vietnam with over 14,000 launch-ready homes over the next few years.
- Actively scale up commercial presence and leverage retail management capability to build new growth platforms.
- Monetise assets strategically to recycle capital and achieve good returns.
Profit Before Tax
as compared to FY 2014’s $1,017 million.
as compared to FY 2014’s $482 million.
Topping out International Financial Centre Jakarta Tower 2 were (from left): Mr Kim Kyung-Jun, Senior Executive Vice President, Samsung C&T Corporation; Mr Ang Wee Gee, CEO of Keppel Land; H.E. Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia; Guest-of-Honour Mr Franky Sibarani, Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board; Mr Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel Land; and Ms Meri Ernahani, Assistant Deputy Governor of Jakarta for Industry, Trade and Transportation.
The Property Division generated revenue of $1,926 million, an increase of $197 million or 11.4% compared to $1,729 million in FY 2014, due mainly to higher revenue from China partly offset by lower revenue from Singapore. Pre-tax profit decreased by $121 million or 11.9% to $896 million for FY 2015 due to lower divestment gains. The Property Division, with its net profit of $701 million, contributed 46% to the Group’s net profit in 2015.
The privatisation of Keppel Land was a strategic move that has fully aligned the interests of the Property Division with the Group, and is providing a strong pillar for earnings and long-term value creation. The full ownership of this Division gives us the ability to rightsize the balance sheet of the property business to seize opportunities, recycle capital and allocate resources across the Group for optimal returns.
Singapore’s economy grew at a modest 2.0% in 2015, largely due to the economic slowdown in China and its contagion impact on the commodity and manufacturing sectors. Property cooling measures implemented since 2013 continued to weigh on the Singapore residential market. Conditions were further exacerbated by global uncertainties and rising interest rates. A total of 7,440 new homes were sold in 2015, a slight increase from the 7,316 units sold in 2014. This was largely attributed to price cuts and monetary incentives offered by developers. Private residential prices fell by 3.7% year-on-year in 2015 compared with the 4.0% decline in 2014.
Private residential prices are expected to be soft as potential buyers continue to stay at the sidelines, deterred by Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) and other property cooling measures.
According to CB Richard Ellis, CBD office rents dropped by 7.1% year-on-year in 4Q 2015. This was primarily attributed to the slowdown in China’s economy, weaker business sentiments and rationalisation by tenants. Office rents in the CBD are expected to face downward pressure with new supply coming onstream and continued global economic slowdown in developed countries.
In China, the slowest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was registered in 25 years at 6.9% in 2015, compared to 7.3% in 2014. The slowdown is traced to a depressed manufacturing output, global economic slowdown and uncertainties, rising debt, volatile financial markets, a softer property market and weaker business sentiments.
Meanwhile, Vietnam achieved a GDP growth of 6.7% in 2015, the highest since 2007, and is projected to maintain its lead in 2016 as the fastest growing economy of the six major ASEAN countries. Its recovering economy is a result of improvements in infrastructure and greater business confidence. The policy change to allow for foreign ownership of property in July 2015 revived investments and helped lift property sales. Demand for office space is expected to remain steady, supported by strong demand and lack of new supply. Over the longer term, we can expect to see marked movements in the commercial market with more office developments in the pipeline. Domestic players continue to dominate the retail market although an increasing number of international retailers have flocked to Vietnam with the opening of several large-scale malls in 2015.
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Saigon Centre Phase 2 will meet the demand of Vietnam’s fast growing office and retail market. The retail mall will open in the second half of 2016.
Keppel Land sold a total of 192 residential units in Singapore in 2015, compared to 304 units sold in 2014, due to negative market sentiments and unfavourable cooling measures. More than half of the 192 units sold were contributed by The Glades.
Following Keppel Land’s acquisition of a 75% majority stake in Array Real Estate, the retail division has since been renamed Keppel Land Retail Management (KLRM) to reflect its new identity as the retail management and development specialist arm. The retail division has consolidated resources in China and Vietnam to work on the retail and mixed-use developments under construction. It is also looking at expanding its presence in Indonesia.
Leveraging KLRM’s experience and network to capture opportunities both locally and abroad, Keppel Land acquired a 22.4% stake in 112 Katong lifestyle mall, of which the remaining 77.6% stake is owned by a fund advised by Alpha. The investment will add to Keppel Land’s quality portfolio of retail and mixed-use properties.
Keppel Land achieved strong take-up for V City in Chengdu (pictured), its first joint-venture project in China with China Vanke.
In China, Keppel Land sold a total of 3,280 homes in 2015 compared with about 1,900 units sold in 2014. This was primarily due to strong take-up at V City in Chengdu, its first joint-venture project in China with China Vanke, Seasons Residence in Shanghai, as well as Central Park City township in Wuxi. The easing of home purchase restrictions and monetary measures has helped the residential property market to recover.
In Vietnam, Keppel Land achieved a sales record in 2015 with 930 units, which was more than five times the 164 units sold in 2014. This was made possible with an improved economy, a growing middle class and the relaxation of foreign housing ownership restrictions implemented in July 2015. Estella Heights, Keppel Land’s latest development in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, sold 670 units in less than a year following its launch in 2015.
Monetisation of Assets for Capital Recycling
Keppel Land has monetised almost $2.4 billion worth of assets to achieve higher returns for its shareholders in the last two years. The Property Division continued to proactively review and seek opportunities to recycle its assets.
In 2015, Keppel Land sold BG Junction in Surabaya, Indonesia. In January 2016, Keppel REIT sold the office building at 77 King Street, in Sydney, and achieved a divestment gain of A$28 million.
Keppel Land invested a total of $615 million into strengthening its portfolio in China, Indonesia and the UK during the year. The acquisitions were in line with Keppel Land’s commitment to constantly review its landbank and actively unlock, recycle and re-invest capital to generate better returns.
Deepening Presence in Key Markets
Over the last two years, Keppel Land continued to strengthen its presence in its core markets of Singapore and China, expand in growth markets of Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as seize opportunities in other emerging markets and global gateway cities.
Keppel Land acquired a 40% stake in a Grade A 23-storey office tower in Yangon, a joint venture project with established local property developer, Shwe Taung Group. It will be part of the mixed-use Junction City development in Yangon’s CBD. The Property Division also formed a joint venture with China Vanke to develop a 16.7-ha residential project in Chengdu, China.
The Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund II invested in a portfolio of three office buildings including Manulife Centre (pictured) through a joint office investment platform with CDL.
Growing Fund Management
Both Alpha and Keppel REIT continued to proactively manage their portfolios and funds through acquisitions and divestments. In January 2016, Keppel REIT divested its interest in 77 King Street in Sydney, Australia, and achieved a gain of A$28 million. Additionally, Alpha has partnered City Developments Limited, through Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund II, to create a joint office investment platform which includes three assets – Central Mall (Office Tower), 7 & 9 Tampines Grande and Manulife Centre valued at approximately $1.1 billion. The platform would enable Alpha to invest in a portfolio of well-located office properties in Singapore, with opportunities for rental reversions in the medium term.
Both Alpha and Keppel REIT are part of the Group’s capital recycling platform and contribute toward generating steady income streams.
Moving ahead, Keppel intends to consolidate its interests in the Group’s asset management businesses, including Alpha and the manager of Keppel REIT, under Keppel Capital Holdings in the Investments Division.
Singapore’s growth is expected to remain slow in 2016. Primary factors include the slowing growth in China, plunging oil prices as well as impact of the US’ monetary policy normalisation. Property cooling measures are unlikely to be lifted, and with a new supply of completed homes coming onstream, as well as the deadline for ABSD for unsold homes kicking in for developers, the residential market is expected to be subdued with continued price falls.
Grade A office occupancy and rents are expected to face downward pressure in the near term due to the impending new office supply in 2H 2016.
Economic and financial reforms leading to improved business confidence and increased domestic consumption, as well as a rising middle-class population will fuel the demand for quality homes and prime commercial space in Asia.
China’s continued easing of monetary measures will help to boost housing demand. Meanwhile, reforms to reduce industrial overcapacity and an inventory of unsold homes, as well as lower business costs will generate a balanced demand-supply with stable prices and inventory.
In Vietnam, the strong inflow of foreign investments, robust consumption as well as the introduction of new foreign property ownership laws, which came into effect on 1 July 2015, will help generate a healthy demand for properties located in prime districts.
In Indonesia, with effect from January 2016, foreigners can own homes including landed properties in Jakarta for up to 80 years on the condition that they are living, working or investing in the country. This move will bolster foreign investments in Indonesia and provide further growth opportunities for Keppel Land.
Keppel Land expanded its hospitality portfolio in Myanmar with the new 29-storey Inya Wing at Sedona Hotel Yangon (pictured) which was soft opened in October 2015.
Located in the heritage-rich estate of Tiong Bahru, Highline Residences is well-connected by public transportation and supported by a wide range of facilities and amenities.
Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City
Seven years since it broke ground, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (Sino-Singapore Eco-City) is on track to realising its vision of becoming a thriving, sustainable community. Today, more than 50,000 people are working and living in the Sino-Singapore Eco-City and over 3,000 companies have invested in the city.
Leading the Singapore consortium, Keppel works with its Chinese partner to guide our 50-50 joint venture – the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co Ltd (SSTEC) in its role as the master developer of the Sino-Singapore Eco-City.
Presently, there are seven schools in the city with six more to be opened in 2016. Two new neighbourhood centres, a sports centre and a general hospital were completed in 2015. Upgrading works for the Eco-Business Park is ongoing to model the project after Singapore’s one-north. In addition, preparatory work has started on the Z4 line, which links the Eco-City to the other parts of Tianjin. Construction on the line will start in 1H 2016.
The Sino-Singapore Eco-City’s home sales achieved a record high in 2015, with over 6,000 units sold. Of these, SSTEC’s projects sold 2,946 units, 71% higher than in 2014.
Riding on improving local market sentiments, the city’s development will focus on the central district, which includes a Sino-Singapore Friendship Garden and the renowned Tianjin Nankai Middle School.
The Sino-Singapore Eco-City continues to attract attention from leaders of both countries. During his state visit to China in July 2015, Singapore President Dr Tony Tan visited the Eco-City and reaffirmed the success of the Sino-Singapore Eco-City as a platform to foster mutual understanding and deepen the friendship between the two governments. Additionally, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the Eco-City as a successful cooperation project between China and Singapore during his state visit to Singapore in November 2015.
Keppel continued to participate in and contribute towards the growth of the Sino-Singapore Eco-City. As at end-January 2016, about 97% of units at Keppel’s Seasons Park have been sold. In the same period, 79% of the 480 launched units in the 1,190-unit Seasons Garden were sold. Meanwhile, 90% of the 341 low-rise homes in Waterfront Residence were sold as at end-January 2016.
Seasons City, Keppel’s commercial development, is presently under construction and its first phase is expected to be completed in 2019. Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation’s logistics distribution centre in the Eco-Industrial Park will commence operations in 1H 2016.
Keppel Infrastructure’s (KI) district heating and cooling system plant has been operating well since 2013 and is able to maximise the utilisation of geothermal energy. The construction of KI’s water reclamation plant is also progressing well and is due for completion in 1Q 2016.
Singapore President Dr Tony Tan (first row, third from right), accompanied by Dr Lee Boon Yang (first on the President’s right), Chairman of Keppel Corporation, visited the Sino-Singapore Eco-City during his state visit to China in July 2015.
- Keppel Land acquired a 4.6-ha site in West Jakarta, Indonesia for a residential development.
- Keppel Land was ranked fourth in Corporate Knights’ Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
- Keppel Land acquired a 75% stake in retail management company Array Real Estate, which was later renamed Keppel Land Retail Management.
- Keppel Land acquired a freehold nine-storey office building in London, UK, from Aberdeen Property Trust.
- Keppel Land and China Vanke, extended their strategic alliance into China to jointly develop a prime residential estate in Chengdu.
- Keppel Land raised its stake in Estella Heights in Ho Chi Minh City from 55% to 98%.
- Keppel REIT topped out the Old Treasury Building office tower in Perth, Australia.
- Keppel Land topped out International Financial Centre Jakarta Tower 2, a landmark commercial development in the CBD of Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Keppel REIT topped the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark 2015.
- Keppel Land’s Sedona Hotel Yangon in Myanmar celebrated the opening of its new Inya Wing, which features an additional 431 guest rooms and suites.
- Keppel Land and M1 launched the pilot Smart Lives programme at The Luxurie in Singapore.
- Keppel Corporation and Keppel Land completed a share swap transaction with Mapletree Investments, thus consolidating the Keppel Group’s ownership of Keppel Bay Tower.
- Alpha, through Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund II, partnered City Developments (CDL) in a joint office investment platform to acquire three of CDL’s prime office assets.