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Croesus Retail Trust co-founder speaks up about going private

SINGAPORE (Jan 12): Last September, Croesus Retail Trust (CRT) was taken private by Blackstone Group at a higher price than it ever garnered in the public market.

The trust had traded below its net asset value (NAV) for most of the 4½ years it was listed.

“I was obsessed with closing the valuation gap,” says Jeremy Yong, who was managing director of CRT’s trustee-manager and co-founded the trust.

“We needed to make sure we were trading at fair value so that our acquisition currency was strong enough to acquire new assets,” he adds.

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