Ascendas India Trust to acquire Industrial Project in Chennai


Ascendas Property Fund Trustee, curator of Ascendas India Trust (a-iTrust), has signed a forward purchase agreement with Casa Grande Group. According to this agreement, they will acquire Casa Grande Group’s first industrial plant in Mahindra World City, Chennai. The company announced this deal in a media release. 

The project is an industrial plant with a net leasable area of approx. 0.42 million square feet. It is pre-leased to Pegatron Technology India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pegatron Corporation, with a 7-year lock-in period and annual hikes. 

a-iTrust will also offer funds for the development of the project under the Forward Purchase Agreement. It offers to fund the development of the project on the completion of certain circumstances. One of them is, it will acquire 100% of the shares of the entity that develops the project.

It also has the opportunity to offer more funding for the development of industrial amenities. These industrial amenities will be approx. 0.37 million square feet, subject to lease and other conditions to be met. Construction expected to complete in mid-2021.

The preliminary effect of the proposed acquisition for the financial year 2020 per unit distribution (DPU) became 0.04 Singapore cents. The acquisition of this industrial property will increase the size of a-iTrust’s committed portfolio by 1.8% from approx. 22.8 million square feet to approx. 23.3 million square feet.

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Piramal Realty Acquires Gulita For 452 Cr From HUL.

Piramal Realty has acquired Gulita – property in south Mumbai from Hindustan Unilever for R452Cr. Piramal Realty is planning to develop high-end luxury apartments on the one-acre land and Ajay Piramal might keep a part of it for his personal use, given the premium location, according to ET.

Gulita is a one-acre property in Worli Seaface, which used to house a training centre and private residences of senior executives of Unilever’s Indian arm.

Gulita was built in 1968 and the land was taken on a perpetual lease from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation–the Mumbai civic authority. The property was put on the block after the company set up a new campus in the suburbs of Andheri and shifted its training facilities there.

Since HUL put the building on block, it has attracted several buyers which included Anil Ambani, Gautam Adani, Oberoi Realty and Sahara.

Last year, Piramal Realty acquired a plot of land in Mumbai from Mafatlal Industries Ltd for about R760Cr. Khushru Jijina – MD of piramal Realty said that the company plans to develop five residential projects in Mumbai at an estimated investment of about R1500Cr. The company will develop about 30 million sq. ft. through land acquisitions funded from its own sources.

Recently in real estate space, Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd sold 2 acre plot in Mumbai to Adani Enterprises for R900Cr to repay its debt. Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Private Limited, the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust (a-iTrust) has acquired two operating Buildings in Hitec City 2 Special Economic Zone in Hyderabad, India, from Phoenix Infocity Pvt Ltd for R176.5Cr; while IL&FS Investment Managers bought Logix Group’s four office buildings in Noida for R600Cr.