REA Group announces sale of Hong Kong business to iProperty

ASX Announcement
14 October 2014
REA Group announces sale of Hong Kong business to iProperty
REA Group Limited (ASX:REA) today announced the sale of its Hong Kong business,
Squarefoot, to iProperty Group Limited (ASX:IPP) for a consideration of 5 million iProperty
ordinary shares, subject to iProperty shareholder approval. At an agreed market value of
AUD$3.00 per share, this represents a sale price of AUD$15.00 million.
Completion is expected to occur before the end of the 2014 calendar year and the
transaction will increase REA Group’s iProperty holding from 17.22% to approximately
19.43%.
Following completion, Squarefoot’s print and online assets, including the squarefoot.com.hk
site, will be operated by iProperty, alongside its GoHome.com.hk site. iProperty will also be
offering employment to all local Squarefoot team members.
REA Group CEO Tracey Fellows said: “This transaction is a great outcome for both REA
Group and iProperty, and further strengthens our relationship and commitment to each
other. Once complete, our shareholders will continue to benefit from Squarefoot’s growth
in Hong Kong through our increased shareholding in iProperty.
“I am also very pleased that to confirm that REA Group has been invited to appoint a
representative to the iProperty Board. This will provide an opportunity to make a
contribution to iProperty‘s strategy and bring us closer to the management team,” Ms
Fellows added.
iProperty Group CEO and Managing Director Georg Chmiel said: “As a result of the
acquisition of squarefoot.com.hk and its popular property magazine, iProperty now owns
two leading property portals in Hong Kong. This gives us a dominant position in a highly
strategic market.”
Commenting on the transaction, REA Group Chairman Hamish McLennan said: “South-East
Asia is one of the fastest-growing property markets in the world and this transaction is a
clear signal of the Board’s confidence in iProperty.
“We see terrific advantages in partnering with iProperty and its strong local management
team to create value for our shareholders.”
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About REA Group: REA Group Limited is a market-leading digital advertising business
specialising in property. REA Group’s operations and investments include Australia’s home
of property, realestate.com.au, as well as digital real estate sites in Europe and Asia and
our recently-announced intended acquisition of 20 per cent of Move Inc. in the US.
About iProperty Group: iProperty Group Limited is a leading digital advertising business
in South-East Asia with market-leading online property advertising portals across Malaysia,
Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore as well as investments in India and the Philippines. It is
also the biggest expo service provider across Asia.
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For further information, contact:
Media:
Jennifer Parker
Senior Communications Manager
M: 0427 900 402
E: j[email protected]
Investors:
Owen Wilson
Chief Financial Officer
P: 61 3 8456 4288
E: [email protected]
Natalie Cerny
Head of Corporate Affairs
M: 0407 487 221
E: [email protected]
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