Canada's Manulife seeks to revive Singapore REIT IPO this year -exec

Canada's Manulife seeks to revive Singapore REIT IPO this year -exec

SINGAPORE - Canada's Manulife Financial Corp is looking to revive a plan to list a real estate investment trust in Singapore this year after an initial public offering (IPO) was shelved last year due to poor market conditions. "We'd very much like to bring it back," Chief Financial Officer Stephen Roder told reporters at the launch of a 15-year life bancassurance partnership with Singapore's DBS Group Holdings Ltd on Tuesday.

He did not give an exact time frame or expected size of any IPO.

Manulife shelved a nearly US$400 million (S$570 million) real estate investment trust IPO in Singapore in the third quarter last year citing deteriorating global markets.

That left BHG Retail REIT as Singapore's sole REIT IPO last year after several other deals were pulled due to uncertain financial markets and concerns over the impact of a potential US interest rate hike.

On Tuesday, Manulife and DBS also said they would co-invest up to S$100 million (US$70.24 million) over the next 15 years in digital technology and innovation.

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