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CDL partners First Sponsor and Tai Tak for the acquisition of the Le Méridien Frankfurt Hotel in Germany

The freehold Le Méridien Frankfurt Hotel is located close to the main train station in the Frankfurt city centre and comprises two buildings: a historic part with a monumental status built in 1905 with 80 rooms and a modern part built in the 1970s with 220 rooms.

Singapore, 7 December 2017 – Singapore Exchange (SGX) mainboard-listed First Sponsor Group Limited (“First Sponsor” or the “Company”, and together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, the “Group”), is pleased to announce that the Group, in partnership with its two key shareholders, City Developments Limited (“CDL”) and Tai Tak Estates Sendirian Berhad (“Tai Tak”), has through a joint venture partnership on 6 December 2017 entered into a sale and purchase agreement for the proposed acquisition of the Le Méridien Frankfurt Hotel in Germany (the “Acquisition”). The expected total consideration for this Acquisition is €85.0 million (S$135.9 million) including transaction costs.

The Le Méridien Frankfurt Hotel is a freehold property that is located close to the main train station in the Frankfurt district of “Bahnhofsviertel” – the city centre of Frankfurt, and has an aggregate land size of approximately 4,405 square metres. The hotel comprises two buildings, a historic part with a monumental status built in 1905 that has 80 rooms and a modern part built in the 1970s with 220 rooms. The hotel also has 670 square metres of conference space with an extensive fitness and wellness area, and 48 parking spaces. The hotel is currently leased to MHP Parkhotel GmbH with a lease expiry date of 31 May 2040 and is operated under the “Le Méridien” brand on the basis of a franchise granted by Starwood.

Mr Calvin Ho Han Leong (Chairman, First Sponsor) said, “First Sponsor is pleased to have the opportunity to directly co-invest with CDL and Tai Tak in the acquisition of Le Méridien Frankfurt. Their participation with First Sponsor in this acquisition is an endorsement of our Group’s expansion plan. First Sponsor has successfully diversified from a China centric real estate player to become a significant property player in the Netherlands since entering the Dutch market in 2015. As First Sponsor continues to build our property holding business segment’s recurrent income stream, our first foray into Germany together with Tai Tak and CDL marks another exciting chapter of our European growth story.”

Mr Kwek Eik Sheng (Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Asset Management, CDL) said, “As a major hub for commerce, tourism and transportation, Frankfurt is a compelling destination for acquisitions in Germany which is the largest economy in Europe. Moreover, with Brexit, hotels in Frankfurt will see increasing demand as businesses including banks are shifting their operations and activities to this German city. More importantly, together with Tai Tak, CDL is pleased to support First Sponsor’s growth through this joint acquisition of a prime freehold hotel property in the city centre of Frankfurt. At the same time, it will also enable CDL to enhance our recurring income stream and enlarge our geographical footprint for strategic diversification. Earlier in the year, the CDL Group entered Munich through CDL Hospitality Trusts’ acquisition of Pullman Hotel Munich. With a strong balance sheet, CDL will continue to seek opportunities for new acquisitions and investments both locally and overseas.”

Mr Ho Han Khoon (Executive Director, Tai Tak) said, “Tai Tak has been very supportive of First Sponsor’s European expansion plan. We are excited to have the opportunity to directly co-invest with First Sponsor and CDL in such a centrally located German hotel. This is our third business joint venture with Chairman Kwek following two successful cooperation with his Hong Leong Singapore Group of companies. Tai Tak believes this cooperation is well placed to make the most of the potential growth in Frankfurt. Tai Tak looks forward to seeing this investment grow and prosper for all parties in this joint venture.”