About West 9 Zone Kids
West 9 Zone Kids is the commercial development of “Florient Rise” located at No. 38 Cherry Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It comprises a 3-storey shopping arcade with eight external wall advertising spaces and 17 commercial carparking spaces, with a gross rentable area of approximately 58,836 sq. ft..
Strategic location with defensive trade mix
Completed in 2008, West 9 Zone Kids is a well positioned retail property with direct covered footbridge linkage to the Olympic station of the Mass Transit Railway, and is strategically located within a strong catchment area in the West Kowloon district surrounded by both office buildings and high quality private residential developments. With a relatively defensive trade mix focusing on service trades, notably education and eateries, West 9 Zone Kids recorded an occupancy rate of 90.7% at 31 December 2022, with a monthly rental income and car park income of approximately HK$2.9 million.
Complementary benefits to Sunlight REIT’s retail portfolio
The acquisition is consistent with the investment objective of Sunlight REIT of acquiring quality commercial property assets to strengthen its existing portfolio. Further, the Manager believes that the acquisition will improve the geographic footprint of Sunlight REIT’s portfolio, initiate its presence in a key residential hub of Kowloon while providing complementary benefits to its retail portfolio.
Financial effect of the acquisition
Had the acquisition been completed on 30 June 2022, it is estimated that the gearing ratio of Sunlight REIT at 30 June 2022 would have increased from approximately 23.3% to approximately 25.7%, while its net asset value per unit of HK$8.36 at 30 June 2022 would have been largely unchanged. Accordingly, the acquisition is not expected to have any material adverse impact on the financial position of Sunlight REIT as compared to that at 30 June 2022 (as disclosed in the 2021/22 annual report of Sunlight REIT).
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The Manager of Sunlight REIT is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Henderson Land Development Company Limited. Its main responsibility is to manage Sunlight REIT and all of its assets in accordance with the Trust Deed in the sole interest of its unitholders.