November, 2016

  1. $100 Billion Chinese-Made City Near Singapore ‘Scares the Hell Out of Everybody’

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    November 22, 2016 by iskandarinsider

    Project model on display at the Country Garden Forest City Sales Gallery in Johor Malaysia, on Tuesday, Nov. 02, 2016. Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

    The landscaped lawns and flowering shrubs of Country Garden Holdings Co.’s huge property showroom in southern Malaysia end abruptly at a small wire fence. Beyond, a desert of dirt stretches into the distance, filled with cranes and piling towers that the Chinese developer is using to build a $100 billion city in the sea.

    While Chinese home buyers have sent prices soaring from Vancouver to Sydney, in this corner of Southeast Asia it’s China’s developers that are swamping the market, pushing prices lower with a glut of hundreds of thousands of new homes. They’re betting that the city of Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, will eventually become the next Shenzhen.

    “These Chinese players build by the thousands at one go, and they scare the hell out of everybody,” said Siva Shanker, head of investments at Axis-REIT Managers Bhd. and a former president of the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents. “God only knows who is going to buy all these units, and when it’s completed, the bigger question is, who is going to stay in them?”

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  2. IGB’s ongoing projects on track for completion

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    November 10, 2016 by iskandarinsider

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    IGB Corp Bhd Maintain outperform with a target price (TP) of RM4.80: A meeting with management revealed that with the recent noncore asset disposal, IGB Corp Bhd has raised about RM1 billion in dry powder for its new assets, especially Mid Valley Southkey Megamall and its proposed mixed developments in London and Bangkok.

    Ongoing projects, namely Southpoint Tower in Mid Valley City and Mid Valley Southkey Megamall, are on track to be completed by the first half of 2017 (1H17) and second half of 2018 (2H18) respectively.

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  3. UEM in talks to sell Iskandar sites to investors

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    November 3, 2016 by iskandarinsider

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    SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) – UEM Sunrise Bhd, the biggest landowner in Malaysia’s southern Iskandar region, is in talks to sell sites to overseas manufacturers to boost economic activity in the area.

    Companies from South Korea, Japan and Taiwan are in discussions about investment in the Iskandar zone, said Mr Izzaddin Idris, chief executive officer at the developer’s parent, UEM Group Bhd.

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