Sunac China Holdings, one of the country’s biggest property developers, has bought two sites in Beijing and Shanghai worth 12.5 billion yuan (US$1.83 billion), it said on Monday.
Sunac Real Estate, a subsidiary, has acquired a 100 per cent stake in Oceanwide Construction Holdings, a property unit of Shenzhen-listed developer Oceanside Holdings that owns the land. The site in Beijing, with a gross floor area of 668,500 square metres, is located in Chaoyang district, home to most foreign embassies and a number of blue-chip foreign companies such as IBM and Swire Group.
The Shanghai site has a gross floor area of 628,000 square metres and overlooks the Huangpu River in the South Bund district. Both plots are for residential and commercial development.
The deal shows mainland China developers are “recovering confidence” on the back of recent easing by Beijing, said Raymond Cheng, head of Hong Kong and China research at Singapore-based investment holding company CGS-CIMB Securities. Such a “big move” also points to healthy balance sheets at top Chinese developers, he added.
Sunac China, the country’s fifth largest developer by sales in 2018, said the acquisition will increase its market share in the “core locations of Beijing and Shanghai”, further strengthening its leading position and brand influence in the tier 1 cities.
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