Friday, August 20, 2010

Kwong Hing buys Menara Pan Global

Property developer and manager Kwong Hing Group has bought Menara Pan Global, located within the Golden Triangle, for an estimated RM160 million from PanGlobal Bhd, sources say.

Menara Pan Global, a 38-storey building in Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P. Ramlee, houses 18 levels of office space with a total built-up of 400,000 sq ft.

The 18-year-old building also houses nine levels of hotel suites operated by Pacific Regency, while another eight levels have a total of 420 parking bays.

A source told Business Times that Kwong Hing paid a deposit for the purchase last week.

The group, whose prized assets includes Wisma Hamzah Kwong Hing in Lebuh Ampang, now has assets valued at RM600 million.An official from Kwong Hing declined to comment when contacted.

It is understood that Kwong Hing may invest further to upgrade both the office space and suites to better compete with offices in the Golden Triangle.

The office lots are said to have 70 per cent tenancy.

Similarly, Kwong Hing will do some work on the 153-suite Pacific Regency, famous for its rooftop Luna bar, to improve its average room rate.

This purchase will see the group venturing for the first time into the hospitality sector.

A source said that the management team and the staff of Pacific Regency will be maintained where possible.

However, the name of the building could change.

It is understood that the sale forms part of PanGlobal's restructuring exercise. The company was delisted from Bursa Malaysia in July last year.

The Kwong Hing group's properties include Wisma KH in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Plaza Pengkalan in Jalan Ipoh and Wisma Fui Chui in Jalan Cheng Lok.

It also owns shopping centres along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Petaling and Bangunan HSBC in Medan Tuanku.

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