Hong Kong tycoon's spin-off valued at $72 billion

HONG KONG - Cheung Kong Property Holdings is valued at 420 billion Hong Kong dollars (S$72 billion), according to Monday's investor presentation for Li Ka-shing's new property unit. The company will list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on June 3.

In January, the Hong Kong tycoon moved to integrate Cheung Kong (Holdings) and core unit Hutchison Whampoa through a merger as part of a broader reorganisation. The resulting CK Hutchison Holdings oversees such areas as telecommunications, retail, infrastructure, energy and non-property assets, with CK Property handling the property businesses.

Properties in Hong Kong and mainland China account for HK$269 billion and HK$138 billion, respectively. The mainland property business operates in more than 20 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, and Wuhan. Properties are also held in Singapore and the UK The company's estimated revenue in 2014 came to HK$46.6 billion, with 66 per cent contributed by Hong Kong and 28 per cent by mainland China. Its earnings before interests, taxes and changes in fair value reached HK$19 billion in the year.

According to CK Property's IPO prospectus, it ranks among the top three based on property development revenue and has a market share of around 9.4 per cent in the region.

"The net effect is the group's overall indebtedness level and its finance costs and interest payments are expected to be lower immediately following the listing than they were prior to completion of the property businesses combination primarily because of the settlements of the amounts due to the non-property businesses," said the company.

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