EC World REIT enters deal to divest two assets

EC World REIT's Stage 1 of Bei Gang Logistics, which comprises eight buildings, located in North Hangzhou, China. It is one of the largest e-commerce developments in the Yangtze River Delta. Credit: EC World REITEC World REIT's Stage 1 of Bei Gang Logistics, which comprises eight buildings, located in North Hangzhou, China. It is one of the largest e-commerce developments in the Yangtze River Delta. Credit: EC World REIT

EC World REIT has entered a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with substantial unitholder Forchn International (FIPL) to divest two assets, the REIT said in a filing to SGX Monday.

FIPL, which is the sole shareholder of the REIT’s manager, is wholly owned by Forchn Holdings, the sponsor of EC World REIT, the filing said. FIPL holds 9.13 percent of the REIT as of 28 March, while Forchn Holdings has 43.79 percent as of 31 March, according to data from SGX.

The two assets are Beigang Logistics Stage 1 and Chongxian Port Logistics, both located in Hangzhou in China, the filing said. Beigang Logistics Stage 1 comprises eight multi-storey buildings with advanced logistics management systems and equipment; the property is fully occupied with a master lease to Forchn Holdings, according to the REIT’s annual report. Chongxian Port Logistics is wholly leased to eight tenants which have close business relationships with Chongxian Port Investment, an inland port logistics asset, the annual report said.

Completing the proposed divestment is subject to the parties agreeing on definitive terms, as well as items including independent valuations and approval from the REIT’s unitholders, the filing said.

EC World REIT has been extending its offshore and onshore loan facilities; although an extension deal was reached earlier this month, auditors previously cited material uncertainty over a deal.

The Chongxian Port Logistics asset is securing the onshore facility as of end-2021, the annual report said.

Forchn International had previously backed out of a potential deal to acquire all of EC World REIT’s properties as part of a consortium.