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Australia Approves Sale of Kidman Cattle Ranch Empire to Rinehart and Shanghai Cred

Australia Approves Sale of Kidman Cattle Ranch Empire to Rinehart and Shanghai Cred

The buyers offered to pay $365 million Australian dollars (US$277 million), as reported by ExitHub in October.. Kidman is Australia’s largest private land owner and holds approximately 1.3 per cent of Australia’s total land area, and 2.5 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land. Of this, 99.8 per cent of Kidman land is held under leasehold arrangements. It has 10 cattle stations, including properties across regional South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland covering 101,411 square kilometers and managing a long-term average herd of 185,000 cattle. This is a significantly larger than the next biggest rural landholding in the country. The company was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman and has continued to date as a family owned company under the control of his descendants. Within Kidman’s property portfolio there are 19 individual properties operated as 12 enterprises, including ten cattle stations, a bull breeding stud farm and a feedlot. “Currently Kidman is 33.9 per cent foreign owned. With the sale of Anna Creek and The Peake, the proposal I am approving today represents a significant increase in overall Australian ownership from 66.1 per cent to 74.7 per cent,” Morrison said. Under the proposal the largest station in the Kidman group, Anna Creek and its outstation The Peake, will be acquired by the Williams Family, a local farming family with properties that adjoin Anna Creek. Australian-owned Hancock will control the Board, and will control day-to-day operation of the business. Kidman will remain majority Australian owned under this proposal, and remain an Australian incorporated company headquartered in South Australia. Existing environmental and other commitments will continue to be honoured. Outback Beef has made a commitment of significant investments into the Kidman business. Outback Beef will increase herd size by 20,000 head of cattle over the next 18 months. Outback Beef has indicated it will invest up to $19 million in capital improvements to increase efficiency and carrying capacity. Importantly this investment will also achieve the creation of 35 new full-time permanent jobs by June 2018 while also employing many more new contractors and short terms specialists. This increased employment will be met by engaging local populations as far as possible, including Indigenous employees. More than 600 interested parties have held discussions with sale manager Ernst & Young since the iconic Kidman landholding went on sale almost 18 months ago. Shanghai Cred was part of a consortium that failed to acquire Kidman in an earlier bid. “Kidman is an iconic cattle business established more than a century ago by Sir Sidney Kidman. It is an operation founded on hard work and perseverance by an outstanding Australian, and is an important part of Australia’s pioneering and entrepreneurial history,” said Gina Rinehart, chairman of the Hancock group, a privately owned mineral and exploration company founded by her father Lang Hancock in 1955. The Hancock family started their first cattle station in North West Australia, and founded the first port in the area at Cossack on the West Pilbara Coast to enable the cattle trade. In 2012, Business Review Weekly (BRW) claimed Rinehart was the world’s richest woman, surpassing Wal-Mart owner Christy Walton. Forbes Asia estimated Reinhart’s wealth in 2015 at US$12.3 billion. “The quality of the Kidman herd and channel country properties complement Hancock’s existing northern cattle properties, and align well with Mrs Rinehart’s plans to build a diversified cattle holding in Australia, taking advantage of integration opportunities,” said Garry Korte, CEO of Hancock. Chinese property tycoon Gui Guojie, chairman of Shanghai CRED, said that partnering with leading local business Hancock had “already proved to be a productive approach.” “We welcome the significant investment proposed in addition to the purchase price and are confident that the Kidman business will be in good hands,” said Kidman chairman John Crosby. Hancock Prospecting is an Australian company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral resources for over 50 years. The group’s headquarters are located in the company’s building “HPPL House” in Perth, Western Australia, with a representative office established in Brisbane and exploration camps located in the Pilbara. Hancock’s activities have focused predominately on the development of its iron ore portfolio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and adding to that portfolio, such as Roy Hill, where the company has substantial investments. Hancock also holds tenements in Queensland where significant resources of thermal coal have been identified. During 2007 Hancock formed the Jacaranda Alliance Joint Venture with a company established by former group executives of CRA / Rio Tinto to explore for minerals and petroleum in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and South East Asia. This venture took Hancock into prospects in uranium, molybedenum, lead / zinc, gold, diamonds and petroleum. Shanghai CRED was founded in 1999 and is based in Shanghai, China. As a top tier real estate enterprise qualified by China’s Ministry of Construction, and with an abundance of land reserves, its total assets have reportedly reached 16.3 billion RMB in 2016. The company has reportedly developed more than 50 projects in China including the high-end Bellewood Villas in Shanghai, and sold a 110 apartment development in Shanghai to US private equity firm Carlyle Group for $120 million in 2006. Shanghai CRED acquired the Peppers Carrington golf resort near Auckland, New Zealand, in 2011, and is said to have amassed a significant agricultural portfolio across Australia. Photo: Gina Rinehart, Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Pty.]]>

@HongKongLika Shing Wins HK Property Bid for $252M in Contrarian Move

@HongKongLika Shing Wins HK Property Bid for $252M in Contrarian Move

Wheelock Properties, which made headlines in February when it sold a Mount Nicholson luxury residential property on The Peak, Hong Kong’s iconic natural landmark and exclusive residential retreat, for HK$830 million (US$107 million). This marks Li Ka-shing’s first government land site purchase in four years, after paying 33 percent more than the high-end of market expectations, according to the South China Morning Post. The move comes after CK Property said last month it was spreading its reach globally to find opportunities in other business areas, given the challenges it faces in identifying investments with reasonable returns in Hong Kong’s current property market. Local market analysts were divided over whether the move indicated Li Ka-shing has regained his confidence in Hong Kong. “CK Property has been offering new projects for sale and it’s time to replenish its land bank,” said Thomas Lam, senior director and head of valuation & consultancy at Knight Frank Hong Kong. CK Property’s aggressive bid, to a certain extent reflects its “confidence in Hong Kong,” Lam told SCMP. However, according to Nicole Wong, regional head of property research at CLSA, a leading global Asian investment firm based in Hong Kong, this deal is meant to show CK Property is flush with cash, rather than an indication of confidence in Hong Kong. “This land acquisition just involved HK$1.9 billion. It is an insignificant amount when compared with his sale of The Center,” Wong said, referring to the iconic 73-story office building in Central Hong Kong put up for sale last month at a price of HK$35 billion (US$4.5 billion), by Hong Kong’s wealthiest person, and the second wealthiest in Asia. Joseph Tsang, managing director of international property consultant JLL Hong Kong, concurred with her assessment, also seeing no change in Li Ka-shing’s outlook for the city.]]>