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Paragon REIT to divest The Rail Mall for $78.5 mil

Samantha Chiew
Samantha Chiew • 2 min read
Paragon REIT to divest The Rail Mall for $78.5 mil
Paragon REIT to divest The Rail Mall. Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/ The Edge Singapore
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The manager of Paragon REIT announced that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement for the divestment of The Rail Mall  for a cash consideration of $78.5 million, which was arrived at on a willing buyer willing seller basis taking into account the projected net property income of the property, the retail market outlook and the property yield. The announcement did not disclose the identity of the buyer. 

The Rail Mall is a strip mall with 43 shop units and its adjacency to the iconic Rail Corridor nature trail also serves as a dining option for hikers and cyclists. The property has a total net lettable area of 49,886 sq ft.

The divestment is part of the manager’s proactive portfolio management strategy and is in line with its objective to unlock value in Paragon REIT’s portfolio. The valuation of the Property was $62 million as at Dec 31, 2023. The net proceeds from the divestment will be deployed to pare down outstanding debt obligations, finance potential acquisitions and asset enhancement initiatives, and/or make distributions to unitholders.

The divestment is not expected to have a material impact on the REIT’s net asset value and distribution per unit for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2024. The divestment is scheduled for completion in 2HFY2024. Upon completion of the divestment, Paragon REIT’s portfolio will comprise four assets in Singapore and Australia. Singapore, underpinned by core assets, Paragon and The Clementi Mall, will remain a significant component of the REIT’s portfolio, contributing approximately 80% to its net property income and assets under management. 

Paragon REIT believes that it remains well positioned to seek yield-accretive opportunities for future growth.

Units in Paragon REIT closed 0.6% higher on June 20 at 84 cents.

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