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HNA buys second site near former Hong Kong airport

12/21/2016| 3:05:56 PM|

HNA outbid Hong Kong developers with an HKD 5.4 billion (USD 697 million) offer for government land in the former Kai Tak airport area in the city.

A unit of HNA Group Co outbid Hong Kong developers, including Cheung Kong Property Holdings, with an HKD 5.4 billion (USD 697 million) offer for government land in the former Kai Tak airport area, adding to a USD 1.1 billion winning bid last month for another site nearby.

It was one of the most hotly contested land tenders this year, with home prices near their record high in Hong Kong. The tender attracted 21 bidders including Hong Kong's Wheelock Properties Ltd and Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, as well as mainland buyers including China Vanke Co, according to a Lands Department announcement on Monday.

The deal is the latest overseas foray for Hainan-based HNA, which has spent more than USD 30 billion on a dealmaking spree this year. The company in November won a HKD 8.84 billion bid for the first site in the Kai Tak area, the most paid for a piece of government land in three-and-a-half years. The site is designated for private residential development.

HNA operates airlines, hotels and tourism businesses and is pursuing an aggressive expansion to capitalize on an anticipated surge in Chinese outbound traffic.

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