Ascendas India Trust to acquire 2 buildings in an IT Park at Hebbal, Bangalore
Ascendas India Trust to invest in a forward purchase acquisition of 1.65 million square feet of an IT Park at Hebbal, Bangalore
29 March 2021, Singapore – Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte. Ltd., the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust (“a-iTrust”), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a forward purchase agreement with Gardencity Realty Private Limited (“Vendor”) to acquire two buildings in an IT Park with a total net leasable area of up to 1.65 million square feet located at Hebbal, Bangalore. a-iTrust will also provide funding for the development of the project as part of the forward purchase arrangement.
About the Project
The Project1 comprises three buildings spread across two land parcels, with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 2.26 million square feet. a-iTrust proposes to fund the development of the Project and subsequently acquire a net leasable area of up to 1.65 million square feet2 in two buildings spread across two land parcels (the “Transaction”). Initially, and during the construction period, a-iTrust’s investment in the construction of the Project will be through debt. The forward purchase acquisition will take place after completion of the construction and is subject to the receipt of the occupancy certificate for the Project and other key conditions.
“The proposed acquisition will provide an opportunity to establish our presence in Hebbal, one of Bangalore’s upcoming IT/ITES micro-markets, which is currently witnessing stable demand and rent. Theimproving connectivity and infrastructure near the Project would benefit our tenants in the future.”
Mr Sanjeev Dasgupta, Chief Executive Officer of the Trustee-Manager
Details of the Transaction
Pursuant to the terms of the funding documents, a-iTrust shall provide funding towards development of the Project of approximately INR 8.28 billion (S$154.1 million3). Upon the Project obtaining the occupancy certificate and fulfilment of other key conditions, a-iTrust shall purchase 100% of the shares of the two entities developing the Project. The total purchase consideration for the Transaction would depend on certain factors, including final rentals achieved, and is currently estimated to be INR 14.41 billion (S$268.2 million3).
Effect on portfolio
As a result of the acquisition of these two IT buildings, a-iTrust’s portfolio size (including pipeline projects) will increase by 7.2% from approximately 23.2 million square feet4 to approximately 24.9 million square feet.
1 Project I comprises of 2 buildings with total net leasable area of approximately 1.87 million square feet. Project II consists of 1 building with net leasable area of approximately 0.39 million square feet.
2 Balance net leasable area of approximately 0.61 million square feet will be retained by landowners and Vendor.
3 Based on exchange rate of SGD1 to INR53.75, for illustrative purposes.
4 Includes the proposed acquisitions of: (i) two buildings in AURUM IT SEZ as announced on 14 May 2018, (ii) aVance 5 as announced on 21 May 2018, (iii) aVance A1 & A2 in aVance Business Hub 2 as announced on 31 July 2018, (iv) BlueRidge 3 as announced on 14 June 2019, (v) the 7th Arshiya warehouse in Panvel as announced on 11 July 2019, (vi) Arshiya warehouse in Khurja as announced on 13 March 2020, (vii) an industrial facility in Mahindra World City, Chennai as announced on 5 March 2021 and (viii) the development pipeline in existing projects.
Chennai as announced on 5 March 2021 and (viii) the development pipeline in existing projects.