摘要：汇丰控股有限公司(HSBC Holdings PLC)计划出售伦敦的总部大楼以及纽约和巴黎的办公楼，此举有望为这家英国银行筹得数十亿美元的资金。
HSBC's Property Sale: Its HQ And 2 Other Sites
HSBC Holdings PLC plans to put up for sale office buildings in New York and Paris as well as its London headquarters, a move that could raise billions of dollars for the U.K. bank.
HSBC plans to send out sales material to roughly 20 real-estate investors this week, a person familiar with the matter said. The decision to put the buildings up for sale followed an expression of interest in them, the person said. It is unclear who may be interested or how much the buildings could fetch.
'As part of managing its significant global real-estate portfolio, HSBC is testing the market with three of its landmark property assets,' the bank said in a statement, confirming a report in London's Sunday Times.
Buffeted by slowing economies around the world and losses at its U.S. consumer-lending operation, HSBC is in fund-raising mode. Last week, it completed a GBP 12.5 billion ($18.32 billion) sale of shares to existing investors, the largest so-called rights issue ever in the U.K. The company also cut its dividend.
Even U.K. banks that have escaped the credit crisis relatively unscathed are racing to raise funds that can serve as a cushion against further fallout from the crisis. Barclays PLC agreed to sell its profitable iShares investment-management arm, and analysts expect the U.K. bank to take further steps to shore up its financial position.
HSBC's headquarters in London's Canary Wharf is the largest of the three properties on offer, at 1.1 million square feet, or about 990,000 square meters. The bank also is sounding out interest in 452 Fifth Ave. in New York as well as the combined property of 103 Avenue des Champs-Elysees and 15 rue Vernet in Paris. HSBC operates about 10,000 properties around the world, totaling 78 million square feet. If the three buildings are sold, HSBC plans to lease back the space.
A sale of the London building wouldn't be a first. Metrovacesa SA bought it from HSBC for GBP 1.09 billion at the height of the U.K. property boom in early 2007 -- and sold it back to the bank a year and a half later for roughly GBP 250 million less.
汇丰控股有限公司(HSBC Holdings PLC)计划出售伦敦的总部大楼以及纽约和巴黎的办公楼，此举有望为这家英国银行筹得数十亿美元的资金。
时间:2009-4-15 9:15:14 作者:memeyyr