HK skyscraper sold to BVI company in US$5.2mln deal

Hong Kong tycoon’s company Li Ka-shing’s CK Asset Holdings has sold its stake in The Center, the fifth-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, for the amount of US$5.2 billion. Thus, the 73-story building was purchased for the record sum for a commercial property in HK. CK Asset Holdings said it expects to make a profit of US$1.9 billion (HK$40.2 billion).

The purchaser is C.H.M.T. Peaceful Development Asia Property Limited, an investment vehicle incorporated in the British Virgin Islands specially for this purpose. According to the market sources, the company’s largest shareholder is Beijing-based China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group. Also, it is supposed that the purchaser will put on sale on the market each floor of the office tower after the purchase. The developer said the gain on disposal would be about HK$14.5 billion, adding that the proceeds of the disposal will be used for general working capital purposes of the group.

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